I am, in the words of Drake, caught up in my feelings about the Cowboy Bebop live-action production delay. On October 18, 2019, it was announced on several media sites that Netflix has delayed it’s production of Cowboy Bebop. This was due to a knee injury actor John Cho suffered on set. The halt in production is estimated to be between seven to nine months and Cho will have to undergo knee surgery. What a bummer but such a relief. Here is my take on why I have mixed emotions on this.

For me, any live-action remake of anything I have seen thus far has been sour. Avatar, (no not the James Cameron movie), Dragonball Z (didn’t watch but couldn’t bear to even get through the preview), and Fullmetal Alchemist, are just some live-action remakes that I had seen snippets or seen the whole thing and just cringed at seeing. Now I’ve become reluctant to watch any live-action remake of an original masterpiece (Disney movies included). For me, these live-action films either horribly depict the characters, stories or both. So for Cowboy Bebop, one of my favorite anime shows, I’m hesitant to jump on board.

Although I have a curiosity about how Netflix will depict this anime, I am also horrified to find out. I don’t want to feel like another one of my favorite things is ruined by these live-action remakes.

Couldn’t they just leave Cowboy Bebop alone?

Deep down a part of me is saying, just stop making remakes already. Most remakes make the original look like it went through a grinder. Netflix though, has truly come a long way in making its originals, Stranger Things, anyone? I mean that series is a hit, and who is to say that the subscription giant has more tricks up their sleeves with other projects. It doesn’t mean however that all of Netflix’s original series are great. It is a cause of concern for me, and also it is a concern on how true they will stick to the Manga. If they can use this then there might be some potential.

Of course, only time will tell on how the production will continue and what Netflix plans to move forward with it. Will this be a promising remake or will it bomb? Will the preview gives us hope? Time will tell as this looks like it won’t happen until next year. What do you think? Do you agree that remakes are great, or do you think they just downright suck? Leave us with your thoughts below!

John Cho injured on set of Cowboy Bebop live-action series

Sandy De La Cruz

  • Avatar Kara says:

    You didn’t even mention that Death Note remake which I’m still dying from! I one hundred percent agree with you, let’s make way for a new generation of creatives and stop remaking the greats to death until nothing else remains sacred. That being said, I’ll still probably watch the cowboy bebop remake when it finally comes out.

    • Avatar Jesse Curtis says:

      I think there’s a good chance Cowboy Bebop translates well to live-action, but Netflix/Hollywood’s track record is not good. Translating something from one medium to a completely different medium is really tough.

    • Avatar Sandy De La Cruz says:

      Thank you for your response! I didn’t mention Death Note, though I am not a Death Note fan I’m sure the live action was worse than the original (seen the previews). Honestly I am curious to see what they do with it I just hope I’m not scarred for life.

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