New trailer for the live-action series Cowboy Bebop owned by Netflix finally here… and this promo looks quite similar to the presentation from the anime. All of the fan-favorite moments from the anime are here, from the fight against Viscious to the match against Pierre, and the journey from the Blackspoitation episode is here too. The trailer also highlights the fun and dynamic chemistry between Spike, Jet Black and Faye Valentine.
Cowboy Bebop starring John Cho as Spike Spiegel, Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black, and Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine. While the other supporting players are Tamara Tunie as Ana, Mason Alexander Park as Gren, Alex Hassell as Vicious, and Elena Satine as Julia. André Nemec serves as showrunner while Christopher Yost is writing the script for the series. The anime series director Watanabe is serving as a consultant, and music composer Yoko Kanno is also returning to work.
The trailer seems to focus mostly on references to the iconic Ballad of Fallen Angels episode from the original anime, where we first learn about Spike’s tragic criminal past. The trailer even recreates the film noir aesthetic seen during the episode’s flashback scene. While it was a fantastic episode, the massive focus on nostalgia and recreating what audiences saw 20 years ago is more than a little worrisome, especially after claims from the showrunner that the show won’t be a shot-for-shot remake of the anime.
Project Cowboy Bebop this was spearheaded by the series’ showrunner, André Nemec, who said they would not only honor the anime, but also delve deeper into their history and provide fans with more than just adapted rehashes of old material.
While the official synopsis for this live-action series is:
“Cowboy Bebop is an action-packed series about three bounty hunters, aka “Cowboy,” who all try to run from their respective pasts. Though different and deadly, Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir), and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda) can form a crew ready to hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals — for the right price. But even if they were able to get rid of various intrigues and obstacles, it was only a matter of time before their past finally caught up with them.”