Netflix’s live-action adaptation of the beloved Cowbop Bebop animated series has been a rollercoaster of a production. Finally, filming ended on the first season according to one of the stars of the series.
Daniella Pineda, who will play Faye Valentine on the show, took to Instagram late last week to reveal that production on Cowboy Bebop was finished and dusted off. A deadline report also confirmed that Season 1 is in the bag, with Netflix allegedly revealing it at the US point of sale.
Take a look at Pineda’s Instagram post below, which features a very cool Cowboy Bebop t-shirt that we’d love to add to our own collection:
The long road to Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop adaptation
It’s been over three and a half years since a live-action adaptation of the anime classic was announced, and two and a half years after Netflix confirmed Cowboy Bebop would land exclusively on its platform. This gives you an indication of how production has stuttered since, with two major causes behind production delays.
John Cho, who will play the iconic Spike Speigel, suffered a knee injury on set that resulted in production stopping in October 2019. Netflix has resisted pressure to recast Spike in a bid to move on. ‘before with the filming, but the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic ensured that a potential restart date after Cho’s recovery was also postponed.
Filming resumed in New Zealand on September 30 after the national government gave the green light for production to restart, according to an October 2020 deadline report. With filming now complete on the project, Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop will enter its post-production phase ahead of a potential release later this year.
For those unfamiliar with the anime, Cowboy Bebop is set in 2071 and follows a group of bounty hunters – led by Spike – as they travel across the galaxy using their Bebop starship. Registered as a “ Cowboy ” bounty hunter by the Inter Solar System police, the gang pursues criminals to bring them back alive for huge cash rewards.
The sci-fi anime has gained enormous success since its initial release in 1998 in Japan, with punchy themes such as loneliness, existentialism, and the attempt to escape the past, making it a critical success and global trade. So it’s no surprise that Netflix is trying to replicate that with this live tale.
Cho and Pineda are joined by Mustafa Shakir (Jet Black), Alex Hassell (Vicious) and Elena Satine (Julia) in Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop. No official release date has yet been revealed, but we do know that Season 1 will consist of 10 one-hour episodes, according to Anime News Network.