“Cowboy Bebop” Live-Action Adaptation Wraps Up Production on Season 1

John Cho. Will play Spike Spiegel in Cowboy Bebop
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After overcoming several delays and production issues, Netflix finally managed to finish filming season one of their highly anticipated live-action adaptation of cult anime series Cowboy Bebop. The streaming service confirmed the news to Deadline, saying that the production of the first 10 episodes is officially wrapped up.

Daniella Pineda, who plays Faye Valentine on Cowboy Bebop, previously made the announcement of her own on Instagram.

Cowboy Bebop premiered in 1998 in Japan and ran for 26 episodes. It is set in 2071 and focuses on a crew of bounty hunters who travel through space in their spaceship named Bebop. The group embarks on all sorts of intriguing and often dangerous missions to make ends meet while trying to escape from the ghosts of their past.

Cowboy Bebop covers a variety of themes and draws inspiration from science fiction and western works. It received praise for its visual style and story while being often regarded as one of the best anime shows ever made.

The work on the live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop started in 2017, after which Netflix got on board and placed a 10-episode order for the series. The shooting started in 2019, and several episodes were filmed before the production had to be stopped as the series’ lead John Cho injured his knee. The filming had to be delayed once again in April of 2020 due to a coronavirus pandemic.

In the meantime, some further details about the series surfaced in the media. Reportedly, each episode will be one hour long, and there is already a script for season two.