Producer Marty Adelstein (Prison Break) commented, “We are excited to work with Sunrise in bringing this beloved anime to the U.S. and global marketplace as a live-action series.” Adelstein continued, “The animated version has long resonated with audiences worldwide, and with the continued, ever growing, popularity of anime, we believe a live-action version will have an incredible impact today.”
Cowboy Bebop is a space-western anime that was created by Shinichiro Watanabe and produced by Sunrise. The series follows bounty hunter Spike Spiegel, his partner Jet Black, an amnesiac con-artist named Faye Valentine, the hacking genius Ed, and a genetically-engineered Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Ein. Together, they man the spaceship Bebop and chase criminals across the solar system.
The 1998 anime series was a global hit and has become a mainstay on American TV for [Adult Swim] and Toonami. A 2001 movie titled Cowboy Bebop: The Movie was also produced.
Sunrise originally planned on co-producing a live-action movie 20th Century Fox, which would star Keanu Reeves as Spike Spiegel. The movie has been in development hell since its 2008 announcement.