Netflix Buffet: Live-Action ‘Cowboy Bebop’, ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’, ‘Ultraman Anime’ and ‘Criminal’

Netflix has a lot of interesting projects coming to its streaming service soon, so let’s take a deep dive into all the recent reveals.

Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Series

Variety reports that Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of a live-action incarnation of the iconic anime series Cowboy Bebop.

The series is described as “the jazz-inspired, genre-bending story of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine and Radical Ed, a rag-tag crew of bounty hunters on the run from their pasts as they hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals. They’ll even save the world for the right price.”

Shinichiro Watanabe, director of the original anime, will serve as a consultant on the project. Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok) will write the first episode and executive produce. The series is a co-production between Netflix and Tomorrow Studios, with Netflix handling physical production.

Neon Genesis Evangelion Heading to Netflix

All 26 episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion, as well as films The End of Evangelion & Evangelion: Death (True)2, will be available to stream on Netflix in Spring 2019.

Evangelion is set 15 years after a cataclysmic event and “follows a mysterious organization called Nerv as they fight against alien invaders known as Angels. The only thing stopping another disaster is a group of teenagers who pilot giant mechs known as Evangelion units.”

Evangelion first aired in 1995 and its arrival on Netflix marks the first time the show will be available to stream.

New Ultraman Anime Coming

A new Ultraman anime, based on the manga and done in CGI, will be released worldwide on Netflix in April 2019.

Synopsis: Several years have passed since the events of Ultraman, with the legendary “Giant of Light” (光の巨人 Hikari no Kyojin) now a memory, as it is believed he returned home after fighting the many giant aliens that invaded the Earth. Shin Hayata’s son Shinjiro seems to possess a strange ability, and it is this ability, along with his father’s revelation that he was Ultraman, that leads Shinjiro to battle the new aliens invading the Earth as the new Ultraman.

The series is being worked on Production I.G. (Star Blazers 2199) in association with Sola Digital Arts (Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars). Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: SAC) and Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed Alpha) will direct.

Netflix Orders Crime Procedure Criminal

Netflix has ordered 12 episodes of a police procedural series called Criminal. It will be set in four different countries (France, Spain, Germany, and the U.K.) and take place “exclusively within the confines of a police interview suite.” It is described as “a stripped-down, cat-and-mouse drama that will focus on the intense mental conflict between the police officer and the suspect in question.”

The series was co-created by George Kay and Jim Field Smith, and they will serve as showrunners and executive producers. The episodes will be spoken in the local language of whichever country they are set in. Those episodes will also be written and directed by talent from their respective countries:

  • The U.K. episodes will be written by George Kay with Jim Field Smith directing.
  • The France episodes will be written by Frederic MermoudAntonin Martin-Hilbert, and Mathieu Missoffe. Mermoud will direct those episodes.
  • The Germany episodes will be directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel with Bernd Lange writing and Sebastian Heeg co-writing.
  • The Spain episodes will be written by Alejandro Hernández and Manuel Martín Cuenca with Mariano Barroso directing.

This sounds like an interesting premise with international appeal. Think it will work?

Which bit of Netflix news excites you the most?