According to new reports, a live-action "Cowboy Bebop" TV series is in development with Tomorrow Studios and Sunrise Pictures, written by Chris Yost, set in the year 2071, based on the 1998 anime series:
"Fifty years after an accident with a 'hyperspace gateway' made the Earth almost uninhabitable, humanity colonized most of the rocky planets and moons of the 'Solar System'. Then amid a rising crime rate, the 'Inter Solar System Police' ('ISSP') set up a legalized contract system, with registered bounty hunters aka 'Cowboys' are allowed to chase criminals, bringing them back alive for a reward.
"In the spaceship 'Bebop', the original crew are 'Spike Spiegel', an exiled former mercenary of the criminal 'Red Dragon Syndicate' and his partner 'Jet Black', a former ISSP officer. They are later joined by 'Faye Valentine', an amnesiac con artist, 'Edward Wong', an eccentric girl skilled in hacking and 'Ein', a genetically-engineered 'Pembroke Welsh Corgi' with human-like intelligence.
"Over the course of the series, the team get involved in disastrous mishaps leaving them out of pocket, while often confronting faces and events from their past including Jet's reasons for leaving the ISSP and Faye's past as a young woman from Earth injured in an accident, but cryogenically frozen to save her life.
"The main story arc focuses on Spike and his deadly rivalry with 'Vicious', an enforcer for the Red Dragon Syndicate. Spike and Vicious were once partners and friends, but when Spike began an affair with Vicious' girlfriend 'Julia' and resolved to leave the Syndicate with her, Vicious attempted to have Julia kill Spike.
"Julia went into hiding to protect herself and Spike, while Spike faked his death to escape the Syndicate.
"In the present, Julia comes out of hiding and reunites with Spike, planning to complete their plan. Vicious, having staged a coup d'état and taken over the Syndicate, sends hitmen after the pair. Julia is killed, leaving Spike alone.
"His heartbreak feeds his desire to kill Vicious once and for all. Spike leaves the Bebop after saying a final goodbye to Faye and Jet. Upon infiltrating the syndicate, he finds Vicious on the top floor of the building.
"In a final battle, Vicious is killed and Spike severely wounded. The series ends as Spike descends the main staircase of the building into the rising sun. He falls to the ground, leaving his ultimate fate unknown..."
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