Since Netflix first announced that it was going to produce a series of Cowboy bebop In live-action, fans have been scouring the far reaches of the galaxy in search of any information they could get on this remake of the beloved sci-fi anime. Some simply because they are fans and need to know everything, and others because they fear that the company will not present a product worthy of its legacy. Now, during the Tudum event, the opening credits of the series have been unveiled.
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For those who have been living in a black hole, Cowboy bebop is set in the year 2071, where Earth has become uninhabitable, leading the remaining humans to inhabit the vast and lawless confines of space. The original 1998 anime series centers on the charismatic and intelligent Spike Spiegel, his friend Jet Black who is the captain of the Bebop ship, the con artist Faye Valentine, a young genius named Ed, and his super-intelligent dog Ein, as they search for the criminals all over the cosmos.
What makes Cowboy bebop A prized space rarity even several decades after its premiere is its episodic format that innovates the genre, seamlessly transitioning from an action-packed sci-fi comedy to a romantic drama, and judging by the way the cast looks. of Netflix in the skin of its characters, it seems that it will not disappoint.
This was another of the series featured at Netflix’s Geeked Week event last June. Being one of the most anticipated productions of the year, the streaming giant gave enough content to be able to watch and review again until the launch of its official trailer. Thus, they gave us the most interesting photos we have seen of the live-action Cowboy bebop. From these images alone, we can tell that the costume design team is serious about getting as close to the original look of the anime as possible.
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The creative minds behind the new series want to assure fans that the iconic series is in good hands. In an interview with io9, the co-writer Karl Taro Greenfield said the team’s intention was to make something that looked and felt like the classic that fans love:
We are not playing Bebop, Bebop is playing us. You can’t look at Cowboy Bebop and say, “Well, it’s just a starting point, now I’m going to give you different hair and different clothes, and we’re going to call it something else.” […] If you’re doing Cowboy Bebop, you’re doing Cowboy Bebop. You know, it’s like doing Star Wars.
From what we know, Yoko kanno, the original composer of the anime, returned to improve and create new music for the series. Also in the mix is the Cowboy Bebop anime director, Shinichiro Watanabe, who served as production consultant to showrunner André Nemec and co-writer and producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach.
One of the things that make Cowboy bebop be so unique is the seemingly random and episodic nature of the show’s execution. Although the original anime features 26 half-hour episodes called “sessions,” and one feature film, the installments are loosely connected and self-contained, meaning a newbie could jump into any episode without risking too much confusion. However, the Netflix series will include 10 hour-long episodes, allowing each installment to have a richer and more expansive narrative.
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