Netflix Is—Gulp—Making a Live-Action Version of ‘Cowboy Bebop’
Cowboy Bebop is one of the coolest, most prescient , best-soundtracked anime of all time certainly the cream of the 90s anime crop and, in my experience, it’s the best show for getting newbies into Japanese cartoons. Netflix announced late Tuesday that it’s getting in on Bebop ‘s jazzy, cyberpunk street cred with its own live-action adaptation, and we really hope it won’t suck.
The original show follows a gang of misfit bounty hunters trying to make it in an interstellar society of corrupt cops, violent gangs, hyper-intelligent dogs, and wild martial arts. Everyone on the teamSpike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, and Edhas a dark and mysterious past that they reconcile one way or another throughout its all-too-brief 22 episode run. Created by Shinichir Watanabe, the show debuted in Japan in 1998 and became the first anime broadcast on Adult Swim when it came to the US in 2001.
The idea of a live-action Bebop is exciting, but Netflix’s record with anime adaptations doesn’t exactly bode well for this trailblazer. Live-action anime tends to cram too many plot points or too much fan service into visually stunning but bloated behemoths. Or it can whitewash and transform the original so much that it loses what made the thing great to begin with, like Ghost in the Shell or M. Night Shyamalan’s Avatar: The Last Airbender . Netflix’s movie adaptations of Fullmetal Alchemist and Death Note were pretty awful , despite the the former being produced by Japanese filmmakers and the latter landing performances by Willem Dafoe and Lakeith Stanfield.
Previous anime failures aside, the version Netflix picked up was put in motion and then dropped by Amazon, which isn’t a good sign. On top of that, Cowboy Bebop is notoriously hard to adapt. Another version starring Keanu Reeves has been stuck in development hell at Twentieth Century Fox for a decade.
However, there are reasons to believe Netflix is learning how to not fuck up anime adaptationsjust in time to make the Cowboy Bebop reboot as sick as it deserves to be. It’s streaming director Shinsuke Sato’s very solid live-action Bleach adaptation, from which it could learn a thing or two about streamlining plot. Plus, the company brought on the original creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender to help with its upcoming Shyamalan-less live-action version , which left traumatized fans hopeful that the thing might actually be good.
It could be a sign of growth that Netflix brought on Watanabe to consult for Cowboy Bebop , and hired producers from the studio behind the original series. Bebop ‘s sweeping narratives also won’t be crammed into a single film, but rather a full ten-episode order. A writing credit for Christopher Yost, who wrote on Thor: Ragnarok , could also bode well for capturing the show’s dynamic pacing and wry humor.
It’s hard to say for sure how the series will turn out, especially before seeing at least a trailer. Until then:
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We May Be Getting 2 New KINGSMAN Movies | Nerdist
We May Be Getting 2 New KINGSMAN Movies Posted by Rosie Knight on November 28, 2018 Share: Films
Matthew Vaughn’s outrageous R-rated spy-satire series began in 2012 with the Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar comic book The Secret Service , which would later come to life on screen as Kingsman: The Secret Service . Filled with kick-ass action, crude humor, and ridiculously charming performances, the film and its sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle, have become firm fan favorites. Now, according to Collider it looks like we’ll be getting not one, but two more Kingsman movies in the near future.
Reports say that the next Kingsman film will be a period drama “set many years before the events of the first film.” The article also states that this entry will be focused on the Kingsman tailor’s shop and was described as “history through the eyes of a Kingsman.” The film will reportedly start filming in London, in January, with Vaughn back to direct.
As for the second film, well, it seems as if that will be the Kingsman sequel that fans were hoping for, with both Egerton and Firth expected to return and the film aiming to tie up their characters’ storylines whilst leaving potential for them to come back in future Kingsman projects. Collider reports that the film will shoot almost directly after the prequel wraps in May or June. Nerdist has reached out to 20th Century Fox for confirmation on these reports.
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Couple forced to prove New Mexico is a state while applying for marriage license
Couple forced to prove New Mexico is a state while applying for marriage license A clerk in the D.C. Courts Marriage Bureau apparently thought New Mexico was a foreign country. Author: Diana M Alba-Soular, Las Cruces Sun-News Published: 12:10 AM EST November 30, 2018 Updated: 12:26 AM EST November 30, 2018
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Gavin Clarkson, a recent candidate for New Mexico secretary of state , experienced a one-of-our-50-states-is-missing moment earlier this month when applying for a marriage license in the nation’s capital.
Clarkson, who lives in Las Cruces, and his then-fiancée visited the District of Columbia Courts Marriage Bureau on Nov. 20 to apply for a marriage license.
But, once there, the couple encountered a small problem, Clarkson said. The clerk wouldn’t accept Clarkson’s driver’s license – from New Mexico – as proof of his identity. Rather, the clerk, who mistakenly believed Clarkson was a foreign citizen, said he would have to provide an international passport to get the marriage license.
After Clarkson objected, the clerk went to check with a supervisor, who confirmed Clarkson would need a passport.
“You know you are from flyover country when you are applying for a marriage license, give them your New Mexico driver’s license, and they come back and say: ‘My supervisor says we cannot accept international driver’s licenses. Do you have a New Mexico passport?'” Clarkson posted on Facebook recently. Sign up for the 9NEWSLETTER Thank You for signing up for the 9NEWSLETTER Something went wrong. This email will be delivered to your inbox once a day in the morning. Please make sure to check your email inbox for an email to confirm the signup process. Please try again later. Submit Repeat attempt
Speaking with the Sun-News about the incident, Clarkson said the clerk went back to check a second time about whether she could accept a New Mexico driver’s license as proof of identify. After that, the staff finally concluded New Mexico was in fact a U.S. state and accepted his driver’s license along with the application.
Clarkson, who has called New Mexico home since 2012, said he’s heard about the state’s residents experiencing such incidents when traveling, but “it was the first time it happened to me.”
“She thought New Mexico was a foreign country,” he said of the clerk. “All the couples behind us waiting in line were laughing.”
Clarkson’s wife, Marina, immigrated from Argentina in the 1990s, becoming a legal permanent resident and then a naturalized U.S. citizen. She speaks English fluently, though she has a slight accent. But the clerk complimented Clarkson, not Marina, on how well he spoke the language. He said his wife was in disbelief, wondering: “Why are you complimenting him on his English?”
The D.C. courts system acknowledged the staff error in response to a call from the Sun-News.
“We understand that a clerk in our Marriage Bureau made a mistake regarding New Mexico’s 106-year history as a state,” said Leah H. Gurowitz, director of media and public relations for D.C. Courts, in an email. “We very much regret the error and the slight delay it caused a New Mexico resident in applying for a DC marriage license.” ‘It was a comical moment’
The incident took about 20 minutes altogether, and the clerk apologized for the error, Clarkson said. While it was an annoyance at the time, looking back, he and his wife see the humor in it. The couple’s wedding ceremony – which was held in Washington, where his wife lives – took place without any problems.
“Everything else went fine, but it was a comical moment in the whole process,” he said.
Notably, Clarkson is also an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation . If he’d shown that ID to the marriage bureau, he said, it could have cleared up the confusion over his identity.
“Apparently it would have been easier if I’d shown her my tribal ID,” he said.
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