Netflix is filming the upcoming Cowboy Bebop live-action reboot in Auckland New Zealand.
Netflix signed a two-year agreement with the country of New Zealand for a two year period to film their upcoming show in the country, especially Auckland.
John Cho, the star of the show, was seen around the city and then there was confirmation the series will begin filming there. The 10 part live-action remake of the beloved anime was announced last year, and fan-favorite actor John Cho of the Harold and Kumar fame, as well as the recent hit thriller movie Searching, was cast in the leading role much to the delight of fans.
While the #StarringJohnCho movement was in full effect, the people’s movement on the internet to get John Cho to star in each and every movie ever, right on the height of the people’s call for more representation, John Cho was hired to act in the highly anticipated series.
The Netflix production is set to provide jobs for more than 400 people in and around the city according to the head of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Nick Hill and also the production by the streaming giant is the largest in the history of Auckland.
Source: Performance Magazine
The news of the cast and crew filming in New Zealand wasn’t something new considering most of the people involved in the series we're taking pictures out and about in the beautiful city of Auckland including Daniella Pineda, Alex Hassell, Mustafa Shakir and most importantly John Cho himself.
'Cowboy Bebop' is an anime classic which debuted right before the turn of the century and completed just one season of 26 episodes and went away. The series was about the life and career of a bounty hunter who just wanted to be involved in some fun, and the whole series was about the misadventures of 'Spike Spiegel' and his friends as they travel in their spaceship Bebop.
Watch: Cowboy Bebop and what to expect from the upcoming live-action remake
The series is considered to be a gateway to the entire Japanese anime, and to this day, the original anime series is one of the beloved shows to come from Japan. Netflix scored the rights to the series and decided to turn the whole thing live-action which brings us to the point of filming in New Zealand.
Netflix said via a spokesperson; they chose New Zealand to film one of the most anticipated series so as to utilize the “first-class production facilities and unique landscapes."
Lord of the Rings coming to New Zealand is not a new thing, Peter Jackson filmed the entire Middle Earth saga in the country, and the movie was attributed in bringing a large number of people in the form of tourists. To this date, New Zealand credits the Peter Jackson movies for providing thousands of people in the country with tourism-related jobs.
The series is bound to film in the country, and according to analysts, the show will provide more than 4,000 jobs in the country. Considering both New Zealand and LOTR are part of each other and it wouldn’t be a Lord of the Rings show if it doesn’t include the sweeping landscape shots of the beautiful country.
The southern hemisphere is taking over movie production business slowly, and it is a nice thing the movies won’t just be filmed in Atlanta or the Pinewood Studios in the UK.