“The Lost Session” is a sequence featuring Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir), and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda) that was shot specifically to promote the show and not featured in the regular series. The series is set to be developed by André Nemec, written by Christopher Yost. The first season consists of 10 episodes and will drop on Netflix this November.
The series focuses on the adventures of a ragtag group of bounty hunters chasing down criminals across the solar system.
The original series unfolded over just 26 episodes from 1998-99 and was developed by the creative team since known as Hajime Yatate, led by director Shinichiro Watanabe, and featuring endlessly inventive music (including the famed title theme) by Yoko Kanno. The new series employs some of the stylistic hallmarks of the old show: extreme depth of field between in-your-face close-ups and characters in the background, canted angles, split screens, and lots of rat-a-tat humorously sadistic dialogue. A lengthy discussion at the end of “The Lost Session” about how shooting a bounty in the face means they can’t be paid feels very on-brand tonally.
And even more exciting is live-action series showrunner Andre Nemec’s assertion that this “Cowboy Bebop” won’t just be a redo of the original run but an expansion of it: It’s not the “exact same meal,” he said.