Set in a neo-noir, pulpy world, years after a disaster causes humanity to evacuate Earth, Cowboy Bebop (out 11/19) centers on bounty hunters Spike Spiegel and Jet Black as they cross paths with not-to-be-messed-with Faye Valentine and contend with their pasts.
While the new series is based on the anime, the live-action version is an expansion of the canon. “To just redo the anime will leave an audience hungry for something that they already saw. The anime did an amazing job. We don't need to serve the exact same meal,” says showrunner André Nemec.
The series allows Nemec and the Cowboy Bebop team to dig into the characters and the histories they wanted to explore, adding to what the original did without taking away from it or disappointing longtime fans.
The new iteration also reimagines Gren, whose backstory was overhauled to make the character officially nonbinary. Mason Alexander Park, who portrays Gren, was involved in the development of the role.
“I think everybody approached the reimagining of this character as an opportunity to right some blunders that were just a product of their time or a product of misinformation.”
- Mason Alexander Park
“I think that the poetic nature of the anime absolutely allowed for us to mine the archetypal nature of the characters and dig out deeper histories that we wanted to explore — and answer some of the questions that the anime leaves you with.”
- André Nemec