Netflix might be already moving forward with the second season of Cowboy Bebop even before they’ve completed production on the first season. A live-action adaptation of the genre-bending anime series.
Cowboy Bebop executive producer and writer Jeff Pinkner seemingly has revealed to Observer that the show is already in early development on Season 2 with writing sessions underway on those scripts.
Pinkner told Observer before heading off to a “notes call” on the script for Season 2.
PINKNER: “I think that our actors are spectacular. The world that we’re creating down in New Zealand that we’re excited to get back to as soon as we can is a really fun, dynamic visualization of this insane anime. I think that because we have these hour-long episodes, we have an opportunity to take the anime and sort of like just deepen and dimensionalize the source material. 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. It’s a delight. It’s entirely different from Lost in every way but it’s been a joy.”
Cowboy Bebop was filming in Auckland, New Zealand under the working title Jazz Band. The anime adaptation has been on hiatus even before the pandemic as lead actor John Cho suffered a knee injury during filming and production had been paused while he recovered.
Auckland was also being used for Amazon’s upcoming Lord of The Rings series.
COWBOY BEBOP – 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.
Netflix has yet to officially announce that Season 2 is happening. It is assumed that a second season would likely land another 10-episodes.
Without knowing when they’ll resume filming it’s hard to predict when Season 1 will be ready to stream.
Here is a breakdown of who is playing who on the new Cowboy Bebop series from Netflix.
- John Cho as Spike Spiegel
- Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine
- Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black
- Alex Hassell as Vicious
- Elena Satine as Julia