Cowboy Bebop to Get American Live Action Adaptation

Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop to Get American Live Action Adaptation

The popular Japanese anime series Cowboy Bebop is going to get an American live action adaptation, according to i09.

More about the Cowboy Bebop live action adaptation:

The studios behind this upcoming adaptation are Tomorrow Studios and Midnight Radio, but they have the permission of the original studio, Sunrise, to proceed with their adaptation. Cowboy Bebop followed Spike and his gang of inter-solar bounty hunters as they hunted down dangerous criminals in general and contended with Spike’s rivalry with Red Dragon Syndicate enforcer Vicious in particular while piloting their ship, the Bebop. The original anime was 26 episodes and finished airing in 1999. No casting news has been announced so far, which is interesting to consider when taking it in stride with other recent anime adaptations.

This is the latest in a number of recent anime to live action adaptations; the list of these adaptations so far include the recent flop Ghost in the Shell (which suffered due to the whitewashing of the film’s major characters) and Netflix’s recently announced adaptation of Death Note (which is being criticized for a dearth of Asian actors, even if the actors cast are not all white). Unsurprisingly, this trend has got a lot of fans of anime worried about this coming adaption: will the adaptors of Cowboy Bebop learn from the mistakes of its racist predecessors or will the media once again be saturated with images of another whitewashed anime adaptation? Fans are sitting at the edge of their seats, concerned that this is going to be another disaster but hoping that the live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop will buck the recent racist casting trends. 

Word of the Nerd will write more about Cowboy Bebop (and any more anime adaptations that Hollywood thinks are a good plan) as soon as more news is available.

Are you excited to see a live-action adaptaiton of Cowboy Bebop? Nervous? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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