Netflix's Cowboy Bebop Could Have an Identity Crisis

Netflix's Cowboy Bebop Could Have an Identity Crisis

Rumors of Cowboy Bebop making the jump to live-action are nearly as old as the original anime itself, but it's only recently that this much anticipated adaptation has finally started to take shape at Netflix. Now the first season of the new Cowboy Bebop is nearly upon us. So why are some fans looking forward to the show with more trepidation than excitement?Frankly, there are reasons to be concerned based on the limited footage Netflix has revealed so far. Let's take a look at the warning signs and why Netflix's latest live-action anime adaptation might just be suffering from a major identity crisis.Netflix's Cowboy Bebop: 'An Expansion to the Canon'If we've learned anything from the past several decades of live-action adaptations of animated properties, it's that what works in one medium doesn't always translate to the other. Even if a film or show does survive the jump to live-action, a straightforward, beat-by-beat recreation of the source material only raises the question why an adaptation was necessary in the first place. That's a question that's dogged a number of Disney's live-action remakes over the years. What does 2019's Lion King offer that we didn't already get from the 1994 version? By the same token, what is the new Cowboy Bebop going to do to distinguish itself from a show that is widely regarded as one of the best animated series of all time?Showrunner André Nemec recently addressed this question, telling Entertainment Weekly the new series is "an expansion to the canon" rather than a straightforward remake."I promise we will never take the original anime away from the purists. It will always exist out there," Nemec said. "But I'm very excited about the stories that we're telling. I believe we've done a really nice job of not violating the canon in any direction but merely offering some extra glimpses into the world that was already created."Based on this quote, it would seem as though the cast and crew are going into this series with the intent of expanding the scope and depth of the original story and taking advantage of the new medium. That's an encouraging sign. Nemec's comments could almost be taken as a hint that the live-action series is a companion to the anime set in the same continuity. However, any confusion on that front was quickly cleared up when Netflix revealed the show's intro sequence at Tudum.How Close Is…
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