Yoko Kanno returns to compose music for Netflix's 'Cowboy Bebop' live-action series adaptation

Written by: Jei Beltrano | Published on: June 09, 2021 at 7:42 PM PHT (GMT+8)

Yoko Kanno

Streaming giant Netflix has announced on Wednesday that Japanese composer, arranger and musician Yoko Kanno is returning to the Cowboy Bebop scene as she is in charge of the music for Netflix's live-action series adaptation of Hajime Yatate’s iconic anime series "Cowboy Bebop". The series is scheduled to premiere on Netflix this Fall.

The series is produced by American writer, showrunner and producer André Nemec and televsion and movie writer Jeff Pinkner. It is written by film, animation, and comic book writer Christopher Yost.


Stepping into the cool shoes of bounty hunter Spike Spiegel is John Cho, who portrayed Hikaru Sulu in the Star Trek reboot film series. Mustafa Shakir, who portrayed the villain Bushmaster in season 2 of Marvel’s Luke Cage, will also be joining the cast as Spike’s partner and former cop Jet Black. Daniella Pineda (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) will also be playing Faye Valentine, with Alex Hassell (The Miniaturist) taking on the role of main antagonist Vicious.

The series was originally slated to release in 2020, but was delayed to 2021 due to Cho's injury and the COVID-19 pandemic.

©Hajime Yatate/SUNRISE, Cowboy Bebop

Following its premiere in 1999, Sunrise’s space opera anime has become a cult classic amongst anime fans, and the original series is currently available on DVD and Blu-ray from Anime Limited.

The original Cowboy Bebop Japanese anime series is animated by Sunrise and created by a production team (billed as Hajime Yatate) led by director Shinichirō Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane, and composer Yoko Kanno. It premiered in Japan with the first 12 episodes on TV Tokyo from April 3 to June 26, 1998, and the full 26 episodes on Wowow from October 24, 1998 to April 24, 1999.


The anime series inspired two manga series which were serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's Asuka Fantasy DX, and a film titled Cowboy Bebop the Movie: Knockin' on Heaven's Door which premiered in Japan in 2001.


Reference: Kamiari no Kodomo Official Website