Cowboy Bebop is often considered to be one of the finest anime ever made so it’s easy to see why a lot of people are concerned, yet excited about the upcoming Netflix adaptation. Every time someone in the West wants to adapt an anime for Hollywood, it usually ends up being pretty bad, as Death Note and Dragon Ball Evolution have shown. Co-Writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach promises that won’t be the case.
Speaking extensively with io9, Grillo-Marxuach promises that they will capture the style and spirit of the series, similar to how one makes a Star Wars movie. Considering how The Rise of Skywalker did, some fans might be taken back by the statement but we know that he means well.
“You can’t look at Cowboy Bebop and say, ‘Well, it’s just a take-off point. We’re going to give them different hair and different clothing, and we’re gonna call it something different. And it’s just sort of gonna be a loose thing. If you’re doing Cowboy Bebop, you’re doing Cowboy Bebop. You know? It’s kind of like doing Star Wars.”
While they will do their best to capture the tone, style, and substance of the series, this won’t be a shot-for-shot remake either, with various changes being made to characterize the cast more. We’ll be seeing a lot of Spike Spiegel and his narrative will be stretched a bit longer to fit the Netflix format better. Faye is also getting a less-revealing costume, which is understandable, though some fans are sure to complain.
No release date for Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop has been revealed.