Cowboy Bebop: Netflix Series EP Reveals Season 2 Script Work Underway

It's been nearly six months to the day since a knee injury sustained by lead John Cho (Spike Spiegel) resulted in production on Netflix's live-action Cowboy Bebop being placed on a 7-9 month hiatus. Production was expected to resume on the 10-episode series this summer, but the current coronavirus pandemic shut the lid on that plan for the foreseeable future. On the silver lining side, the extra time gives Cho more time to rehab and strengthen his knee. What it also does is give writer and executive producer Jeff Pinkner (Fringe, Lost) and the team the time they need to stay faithful to the source material as they move forward with script work on Season 2.

The Cast of Cowboy Bebop at their first table read, courtesy of Netflix.
The Cast of Cowboy Bebop at their first table read, courtesy of Netflix.

Wait, what? Yes, that's right. Speaking with Observer before heading off to work on second season scripts, Pinker wants it known that they're excited to get to work and already looking to the future: "I think that I'm very excited by our opportunity to take this iconic anime and bring it to life. 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."

Based on the 1998-1999 anime of the same name created by Shinchiro Watanabe, the series follows Spike (former criminal with a smooth 'do and charming personality who specializes in Jeet Kune Do), Jet (former police officer), Faye (amnesiac with a sordid past who was revived after a long slumber), Ed (sly child prodigy computer hacker), and Ein (intelligent Welsh Corgi classified as a data dog). Together, the ragtag crew of bounty hunters is running from their respective pasts as they hunt down the solar system's most dangerous criminals. They might even end up saving a planet or two if the price is right. The live-action adaptation also stars Elena Satine, Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda, and Alex Hassell. Pilot scribe Christopher Yost will also serve as executive producer, alongside Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, Marty Adelstein, and Becky Clements in the United States. Yasuo Miyakawa, Masayuki Ozaki, Tetsu Fujimura, and Matthew Weinberg will serve as executive producers in Japan, with Watanabe serving as a consultant. Netflix and Tomorrow Studios are co-producing the project.

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Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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