Cowboy Bebop Showrunner Talks About The Netflix Show's Multicultural Focus

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Netlfix's live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop will premiere this November, and fans are excited to see how the series will adapt Shinichirō Watanabe's genry-defying anime. The streaming giant already released images featuring John Cho as Spike Spiegel, Mustafa Shakira as Jett Black, and Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine. Polygon recently interviewed showrunner Andre Nemec to discuss how the Netflix show will be true to the multicultural presentation of the original anime series.

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In the interview, Namec explained how the live-action adaptation plans to stay faithful to the multicultural aspects of Cowboy Bebop. The showrunner believes that this aspect was one of the best reasons to love the neo-noir series.

"I think anybody who's a fan of Cowboy Bebop knows that Cowboy Bebop presents a multicultural view of the future, and so you will see elements of all cultures. It's not a dystopian world presented in the anime. It's a very beautiful imagining of a future. People are more bonded. It's a cowboy show — so they're a little violent, and people kill each other, and life is a little cheap — but the multiculturalism of the anime is what we translated to the screen as well."

Namec also explained how the well-developed characters made the series more beloved.

"I think that the telling of that story was exciting to me because there were things in the anime that were alluded to and hinted at, and … I think that there's a deep soul to Spike Spiegel, despite his laconic and sort of laissez-faire, brush-it-off presentation. To be able to tell a story about who you are, what made you who you are, and where you go from there was very dynamic to sit around and figure out."

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The showrunner also recently addressed concerns about the inclusion of Edward in the live-action adaptation.

Netflix's Cowboy Bebop is set to release on November 19, 2021. For more details about the series, check out everything you need to know about it here, and don't forget to follow our Netflix Rocks My World page on Facebook for the latest updates.