Netflix live action on the anime classic Cowboy Bebop has finally finished production for its first season after a long layoff for injury and the coronavirus shutdown.
The streamer confirmed the news to Deadline tonight after series regular Daniella Pineda spoke about it on social media.
It’s been a winding road to the movie since Cowboy Bebop. The series was announced as being in development in June 2017, and Netflix gave it an order for 10 episodes in November 2018. Pineda, John Cho, Mustafa Shakir and Alex Hassell were selected to star approximately six months later, and the production began several months after that of New Zealand.
After a few completed episodes, filming came to an abrupt end in early October 2019 after Cho suffered a knee injury on set that required surgery. Then came the shutdown of global production in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In July, Cowboy Bebop was part of five series including The Lord of the Rings who were granted exemptions at the New Zealand border and filming resumed at the end of September.
The live-action adaptation of the cult Japanese animated series tells the jazz-inspired story of a motley team of bounty hunters fleeing their past as they hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals. They will even save the world – at the right price.
The cast also includes Elena Satine, Geoff Stults, Tamara Tunie, Mason Alexander Park, Rachel House, Ann Truong and Hoa Xuande.
The western space hails from Tomorrow Studios, Midnight Radio, writer Chris Yost and Sunrise – the studio behind the original series.