Adult Swim commissions new animated series from ‘Cowboy Bebop’ creator

Adult Swim has commissioned Lazarus, a new series from Cowboy Bebop creator Shinichirō Watanabe.

According to a report from Variety, Lazarus has been set to air on Toonami, although a premiere date has yet to be announced. The upcoming animated series is currently in production with MAPPA (Attack On Titan, Chainsaw Man, Jujutsu Kaisen) doing animation duties.

Also collaborating on the series is John Wick series director Chad Stahelski, who, according to Variety, “designed several action sequences for the series.” Like Cowboy Bebop, Lazarus features a jazz and electronic soundtrack, composed by Kamasi Washington, Bonobo and Floating Points.

Lazarus, according to Variety, will be set in 2052 and will follow a Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist who develops a cure-all drug that, three years later, is discovered to be the cause of death. While no further details are known at this time, Lazarus will also feature action and suspense themes.

More information about the series is expected to be revealed at the Adult Swimming Festival in San Diego on Saturday, July 22.

Shinichirō Watanabe is best known for creating Cowboy Bebop, which was released in 1998 and has become a cult classic. The anime was adapted into a live-action series for Netflix in November 2021 starring John Cho, Daniella Pineda, and Mustafa Shakir.

​​​​The live-action series received a two-star review from NME’s James McMahon, who wrote, “In Netflix’s update, the space and critical inertia of the anime is jettisoned in favor of a fast pace that doesn’t matter.” It comes with the story. It just makes Cowboy Bebop another show.”

“One more show. It’s just another sausage stuck in the pop culture conveyor belts.

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