Based on the worldwide phenomenon from Sunrise Inc., Cowboy Bebop is the jazz-inspired, genre-bending story of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine and Radical Ed: a 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.
- Geoff Stults as Chalmers, Jet's ex-partner
- Tamara Tunie as Ana, Martian club owner
- Mason Alexander Park as Gren, Ana's right hand person
- Rachel House as Mao, White Tigers Capo
- Ann Truong as Shin, one of Vicious' twin henchmen
- Hoa Xuande as Lin, one of Vicious' twin henchmen
Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop anime's composer) is composing the live-action series.
Pineda had revealed on Instagram in March that the live-action series had finished filming the first season.
Netflix posted a "Behind the Scenes"
video on October 2019 to mark the start of production. The production on
the first season was on hold in New Zealand after lead actor John Cho's on-set knee injury
in October 2019, followed by a shutdown due to the new coronavirus
disease (COVID-19). In July 2020, New Zealand's Ministry of Business,
Innovation, and Employment began allowing
the series' crew to enter the country for filming in the next six
months, even as most countries are still dealing with COVID-19.
Writer and executive producer Jeff Pinkner teased
in April 2020 that the show's staff is planning a second season. Pinker
said that the project's one-hour episode length allows them to "really
tell stories set in that world in a way that hopefully will not only
delight the fans of anime but expose a whole bunch of new people to the
world of Cowboy Bebop, the awesome work of Yoko Kanno."
The series is a co-production between Netflix and Tomorrow Studios, with Netflix handling physical production. Tomorrow Studios is a partnership between producer Marty Adelstein (Prison Break, Teen Wolf, producer for the live-action One Piece project) and ITV Studios. Shinichiro Watanabe, the original anime's director, is serving as consultant for the project. Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio are credited as showrunners and executive producers.
Tomorrow Studios' Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements; Yasuo Miyakawa, Masayuki Ozaki, and Shin Sasaki of Sunrise (the studio that animated the original series); and Tetsu Fujimura and Matthew Weinberg are also credited as executive producers. Chris Yost (Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok) is writing the series, and is credited as executive producer.
The original anime series follows the motley crew of the spaceship Bebop as it travels throughout the solar system in search of the next job. The anime inspired Cowboy Bebop: The Movie in 2001. Funimation released the series on Blu-ray and DVD in North America in 2014, and screened the film in the United States in 2018, the 20th anniversary of the original series.