The “Cowboy Bebop” teaser trailer for Netflix’s live-action series adaptation of the legendary ’90s anime has been released ahead of the full video’s release. Sunrise Inc. produced the original animation, which was directed by Shinichir Watanabe, wrote by Keiko Nobumoto, had character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane, and composer Yoko Kanno, and was billed as Hajime Yatate. The live-action version of “Cowboy Bebop” was first revealed in 2017, with Sunrise working with Tomorrow Studios to produce the movie and Netflix quickly securing the rights.
The “Cowboy Bebop” show is set in the far future and follows bounty hunters Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, and Faye Valentine as they explore the cosmos on the titular spacecraft, chasing down targets while simultaneously addressing their own demons. Spike is played by John Cho, Jet is played by Mustafa Shakir, Faye is played by Daniella Pineda, Vicious is played by Alex Hassell, and Julia is played by Elena Satine. Zoo creator André Nemec is developing and directing the new “Cowboy Bebop” series, which is written by Christopher Yost, who also wrote The Mandalorian.
Netflix has released the first “Cowboy Bebop” teaser trailer, after the presentation of the series’ opening credits remake during the virtual TUDUM event. The video, dubbed “The Lost Session,” features footage not seen in the series of the live-action adaptation of the iconic anime characters Spike, Faye, and Jet Black as they track for a difficult bounty and have a brief flash of Vicious.
Beginning with the “Lost Session” title of the film, a tribute to the original series’ episodes being referred to as sessions, the first “Cowboy Bebop” teaser trailer offers a treasure trove of Easter eggs for fans of the original anime. Furthermore, the trailer uses Gabriela Robin’s “Green Bird” track from “The Ballad of Fallen Angels” with the tease of Vicious, a homage to the epic clash between he and Spike as teased in photos for the live-action adaptation. The trailer’s clever usage of the bars dividing the center trio, as well as being manipulated by them, gives a good idea of the series’ style, which will be influenced by both anime and manga.
The performances of Cho, Pineda, and Shakir as Spike, Faye, and Jet Black are one of the most striking aspects of the “Cowboy Bebop” teaser trailer. The trio retains much of the original anime’s banter and quick wit, as well as several of their characters’ peculiarities, such as Spike’s small grumbles when caught up in a fight and his fondness for noodles, even if at the wrong time. Though the preview didn’t give much of an indication of how the Netflix series will adapt the anime’s tale, fans can expect an official trailer next week and the original “Cowboy Bebop” to premiere on Netflix on October 21.