The skepticism that many fans have when Hollywood announces and presents the live-action adaptation of an anime is not free. Numerous remakes have been terrible and that is why eyes are now on the series of Cowboy bebop that Netflix has on the way. To the calm, or anger, of the fans, the showrunner of the program says that it is not a recreation but an expansion of what has already been seen.
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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, André Nemec, showrunner of the live-action version of Cowboy bebop, explained that he was never interested in doing a scene-by-scene remake of the original anime. Instead, it will seek to expand on the world that that series presented to us and deepen the themes that that production explored, so there will not be significant changes either, but there will be several surprises:
I am very excited about the stories we are telling. I think we’ve done a very good job of not violating the canon in any way, but merely offering a few more glimpses into this world that has already been created. (…) The anime did a great job. We don’t need to serve the exact same dish. I think that would have been very disappointing to do.
In case you’ve never seen the anime, Cowboy bebop is about a group of mercenaries who earn their living collecting rewards for space fugitives. The story is set in the year 2071. The show is one of the most beloved by fans of the genre and is recognized as one of those that started the furor for this type of animation and Japanese television in the late nineties.
It was just a few months ago that Netflix revealed the first images of its adaptation. The series will star John Cho as Spike, Mustafa shakir as Jet Black and Daniella Pineda as Faye. Although it does not have a release date yet, the first preview is expected to be revealed this Friday during TUDUM, a special event that will promote all the original titles of the platform that are on the way.
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This is not the only anime and animated show Netflix has in development for a live-action version. It was also a few weeks ago that it was confirmed that the live-action adaptation of One piece production is nowhere near starting and that was revealed to the cast of Avatar: The Last Airbender. The platform has done its best to appeal to fans of this genre.
Cowboy Bebop still does not have a release date, but possibly this Saturday there will be, in the worst case, a launch window for the show. The series will consist of 10 one-hour episodes. Director Shinichiro Watanbe, from the original production, served as a consultant for the team that Netflix put in charge of these new episodes.
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