Marty Adelstein shares new updates on his live-action Cowboy Bebop and One Piece Netflix series revealing casting commencement and filming locations on the latter, fans are in for a treat when news starts to break!
Back in January Netflix announced development on a live-action adaptation of the hit manga/anime series One Piece and while the development process on the series has halted a bit due to the current pandemic fans keeping a close eye on the live-action series should be on the lookout for some exciting news that’s soon to make rounds on the internet.
Snowpiercer television series producer Marty Adelstein revealed to Syfy Wire that casting on the live-action One Piece will commence rather soon, June 1st to be exact. Adelstein also revealed that filming on the series was scheduled to start this August in Cape Town, South Africa but due to the current pandemic of COVID_19, filming on the series will most likely start in September. Check out the full quote below:
“We were supposed to start filming in August in Cape Town, South Africa. We anticipate the date being able to film [now is] September, at the latest,” Adelstein said. “We have basically all 10 scripts written. We will start casting when we go back. My suspicion is June 1, but we will start doing our casting. We have a lot of names that we’re talking about, and we should be in production in September. We have been working very closely with Sensei Oda. So, we’re going to get started, and this one is very big. I mean, Snowpiercer was a big production; this is even bigger.”Syfy Wire
As for the Cowboy Bebop live-action series, which was first announced back in 2018, then garnishing some high praise in 2019 once John Cho was cast as bounty hunter Spike Spiegel (check out the full cast right here). Development on the series was going alone pretty will until an unfortunate on-set accident. Which saw lead start John Cho tear his ACL, thus leading to a nine-month delay in production due to John Cho needing surgery, recovery time, and of course post-surgery rehabilitation and physical therapy. That’s a lot for a bounty hunter to go through right?
In his exclusive interview with Syfy Wire, adding to his statements about the upcoming One Piece series, Adelstein revealed some new details about the Cowboy Bebop series. How many episodes were actually filmed prior to the freak accident and how true he and his company, including Netflix are doing everything in their power to be as faithful as to the original material as possible. It’s a daunting task to say the least, but it seems like Marty and Tomorrow Studios and Netflix have it all under control.
“So, we have finished three episodes. I think we’re into [shooting] six; then John Cho tore his ACL, unfortunately. But I have to tell you I really like the show. It’s really fun,” Adelstein said. “And we have gone out of our way, because of all these anime movies that have come out and been accused of being whitewashed, we have really gone out of our way. We have the original composer, Yoko Kanno, doing music. The characters are all sort of multiethnic, and it’s a great cast. And the two episodes I have seen are so much fun. It’s really fun.”Syfy Wire
Whitewashing has been one of the main issues when adapting Japanese manga and anime in the western medium, aka Hollywood. Dragon Ball Evolution was one of the most abysmally critiqued live-action anime adaptations to date. Many, many years later, it is still brought up in comparison to any live-action anime adaptations coming from the American medium. Films like Ghost in the Shell starring Scarlett Johansson is another live-action adaptation that received the whitewashing critique which in turn, turned away a lot of potential viewers. Mostly the long-time Ghost in the Shell anime fans.
Netflix is also no stranger to receiving the whitewashing anime live-action adaptation critique when their live-action adaptation of the hit manga/anime series Death Note was heavily critiqued for not only deviating heavily from the source material but also whitewashing its main character Light Yagami. Given Marty’s statements it’s evident that Netflix has learned from their mistakes and the mistakes of others who have also adapted anime into live-action.
There’s no official release date as of yet for One Piece or Cowboy Bebop but we will keep you all updated as much as possible as stories develop on both series. Including any additional development on the second season of Cowboy Bebop!
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Source: Syfy Wire