Twitter was quick to jump on the news of Cowboy Bebop remade as a live-action TV series — not all in a good way. While a proper live-action film has been on ice for several years, Variety reported that the series is definitely in the works.
The original animation studio behind the series, Sunrise, will be working with the producer of Teen Wolf and the writer of Thor: The Dark World. Some fans of the Cowboy Bebop anime have even already drawn comparisons to cult-classic Firefly because of its space western themes, and a few others remain cautiously optimistic.
As they do with any remake of an iconic show or game, fans also expressed their concern over the original soundtrack. There’s no word on whether or not the live-action series will retain Yoko Kanno’s work or if she’ll work on a new set of songs, but we wouldn’t recommend holding your breath over it.
Live-action anime adaptations tend to do poorly in Hollywood (like The Last Airbender, Dragonball Evolution, Speed Racer) and despite Ghost in the Shell’s creator approving of its Western remake, it still managed to flop in the Western box office. Fans are gravely concerned about a non-Japanese, live-action take on a cult-classic that, to most, is better left untouched.
Below you’ll find a mere slice of the incredulousness and despair that’s been circulating on Twitter.
God-fucking-damnit. REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE https://t.co/J6lUPViMWG— Hv̈mër (@posztmagyar) June 6, 2017
NO! ABSOLUTELY NOT! DID GHOST IN THE SHELL , DRAGON BALL EVOLUTION AND SPEED RACER TEACH YOU NOTHING?!? https://t.co/sBrxpAAO9Q— IZ REM (@IZRem27) June 6, 2017
NO— a z r e (@acidlicco) June 6, 2017
I SWEAR TO FUCKING GOD GET THEIR GRIMY HANDS OFF OF IT https://t.co/kDLlEMIN7v
I think it's time to blow this scene.— Beardfreak (@Beardfreak) June 6, 2017
Get everybody and their stuff together.
Okay: 3, 2, 1...
Don't do this. https://t.co/1vQ6pi1M0e
Hahaha Oh God Please No Make It Stop! https://t.co/I8mNjlF2ia— Gigalithic (@Gigalithic) June 6, 2017
sobs a soft "No"— Forrest Prather (@DeForrestation) June 6, 2017
And then this little nugget of hope:
I don't know about this... but open mind.— Lucy Sky (@PaperbackLucy) June 6, 2017