Netflix’s long-awaited live-action series adaptation of the animated hit show, Cowboy Bebop, is slated to return to production this Wednesday, according to a Deadline exclusive on Monday.
The news comes close to a year after actor John Cho (Star Trek trilogy), who leads the cast, succumbed to a knee injury during production late last year on the New Zealand set, with just a few episodes reportedly shot and completed by then.
Hailing from Tomorrow Studios, Midnight Radio and anime staple Sunrise, Cowboy Bebop is based on Cain Kuga’s Kadokawa Shoten manga, and Shinichiro Watanabe’s hit anime series from Sunrise Inc. Described as a jazz-inspired, genre-bending action sci-fi tale, the series centers on Spike Spiegel (Cho) who leads rag-tag crew of bounty hunters on the run from their pasts as they hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals. They’ll even save the world…for the right price.
The show also stars Mustafa Shakir (Brawl In Cell Block 99, Luke Cage: Season Two) for the role of Jet Black along with Daniella Pineda (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) as Faye Valentine, and Alex Hassell (The Bisexual, Amazon’s The Boys) in the role of Spike Spiegel’s archnemesis and the Syndicate’s most formidable hitman, Vicious.
Watanabe himself is serving as a consultant on the 10-part series with screenwriter Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok) executive producing. Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio also exec produce next to Yasuo Miyakawa, Masayuki Ozaki, and Shin Sasaki of Sunrise Inc., and Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios, and with Tetsu Fujimura, and Matthew Weinberg exec producing.
The report also alludes to the continued production of Amazon’s upcoming Lord Of The Rings series as of Monday – ahead of its season two renewal.
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