Hollywood’s obsession with ruining successful anime like Dragonball Z, Ghost in the Shell, and Death Note continues with the announcement that producer Marty Adelstein, with Tomorrow Studios, will adapt two of the most popular anime in the west: Eiichiro Oda’s pirate action-comedy One Piece and Sunrise Inc.’s space cyber-noir Cowboy Bebop.
Adelstein, whose previous projects include Teen Wolf, Aquarius, and Last Man Standing, is working closely with the creators of both properties to produce a faithful adaptation.
One Piece is a still ongoing manga that has run since 1997, with its anime adaptation following in 1999. It follows the fantastic and often bizarre exploits of Monkey D. Luffy, a man who’s made of rubber. With a crew that has at times included a cola powered cyborg, a musical skeleton, and a chef who fights with only his feet, Luffy hops from island to island on his quest to become King of the Pirates. Along with the manga, the best selling in history, and anime, One Piece has been adapted into thirteen theatrical films, multiple video games, and a veritable smorgasbord of merchandise.
Cowboy Bebop is an anime that ran for 26 episodes, or sessions, in 1999. Combining elements of noir, westerns, sci-fi action, and cyberpunk, the series follows a crew of bounty hunters aboard the starship Bebop as they chase bounties and escape the law, all to a lively jazz soundtrack. Long considered a gateway series to the entire anime genre, Cowboy Bebop has been cited as an influence by Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. Already made into a film in 2001, this will be Bebop’s first foray into live action.
While no date has been set for production or release, frequent Marvel collaborator, and screenwriter Christopher Yost has been attached to write for the Cowboy Bebop project.
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