Sorry friends, but Netflix has opted to cancel Cowboy Bebop. The live-action anime adaptation will not be moving forward with a second season, the streamer has confirmed, less than a month after the series was first released on its platform.
Based on Shinichirō Watanabe’s cult anime series, Cowboy Bebop followed a group of bounty hunters led by Spike Spiegel (John Cho) as they search for the galaxy’s most wanted criminals. Mustafa Shakir also starred as Spike’s trusted co-pilot Jet Black and Daniella Pineda as their third crew member, Faye Valentine.
Despite significant buzz around the show before its premiere, the live-action take on the anime was met with mixed reviews from critics and fans alike. What's worse, the series didn't do too well in Netflix's Top 10 rankings which, combined with its significant budget, contributed to the platform's swift cancellation.
In response to the news, first announced by The Hollywood Reporter, the show's co-executive producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach expressed his disappointment on Twitter: "I truly loved working on this. It came from a real and pure place of respect and affection," he wrote. "I wish we could make what we planned for a second season, but you know what they say, men plan, god laughs. see you space cowboy...". In response to a tweet by Gren actor Mason Alexander Park, he added that the show "had so much cool sh*t planned for s2".
At least Cowboy Bebop fans can always go back to the original anime series...