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Netflix Cancels Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Show

Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop

OtakuFeed found that the entertainment news source The Hollywood Reporter unveiled that Netflix has rescinded the live-action conversion of Sunrise’s Cowboy Bebop anime after one season.

The show has gained almost 74 million viewing hours so far, but its ratings fell by 59% almost two weeks after its launch. It also acquired a 46% average rating amongst critics and 54% among viewers on the Rotten Tomatoes website.

Writer and executive producer Jeff Pinkner had showcased in April 2020 that the show’s staff was preparing for a second season.

Netflix only just launched the 10-episode series on November 19. 

Plot:

COWBOY BEBOP is an action-packed space Western about three contractors, aka “cowboys,” all attempting to outrun throw away their past. As distinct as they are deathly, Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir), and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda) create a scrappy, sarcastic crew willing to eliminate the solar system’s most treacherous criminals for the right price, of course. 

The show had John Cho act Spike, Mustafa Shakir act Jet, Daniella Pineda as Faye, Alex Hassell act Vicious, and Elena Satine acts Julia. In addition, the Japanese dub retained some old voice actors from the original anime’s cast.

Netflix and Tomorrow Studios co-developed the series, with Netflix managing the physical production. Tomorrow Studios collaborates with producer Marty Adelstein (Prison Break, Teen Wolf, producer for the live-action One Piece project) and ITV Studios. Shinichiro Watanabe, the original anime director, served as an advisor for the show. Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio are credited as showrunners and administrative producers. In addition, Yoko Kanno came back to make the music for the series.

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