‘Cowboy Bebop’ Creator Shinichirō Watanabe’s New Show ‘Lazarus’ Picked Up By Adult Swim

Warner Bros. Discovery is bringing ‘Cowboy Bebop’ creator Shinichirō Watanabe’s new series ‘Lazarus’ to North America on the Cartoon Network programming block Adult Swim.

“Adult Swim is currently in production with acclaimed director Shinichirō Watanabe for a new Toonami original anime series “Lazarus.” Celebrated for his influential body of work that includes “Cowboy Bebop,” “Samurai Champloo” and “Kids on the Slope,” “Lazarus” marks Watanabe’s return to the sci-fi action genre with a globe-trotting thriller set in the near future,” Warner Bros. Discovery said in a statement.

The series will also feature action sequences from ‘John Wick’ director Chad Stahelski.

“Produced by Sola Entertainment and animated by Studio MAPPA, “Lazarus” will feature high-octane action with sequences meticulously designed by Chad Stahelski, renowned stuntman and director of the “John Wick” film franchise, and brought to the screen by Watanabe. Additionally, as many familiar with Watanabe’s oeuvre will expect, “Lazarus” will also feature a captivating score by a collection of renowned jazz and electronic artists including jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington (West Coast Get Down); producer, DJ, and musician Floating Points (Floating Points Ensemble); and producer, DJ, and musician Bonobo,” Adult Swim continued.

Watanabe expressed his enthusiasm for the show saying, “As I embark on this creative journey, I can’t help but feel that this project will serve as a culmination of my career so far.” He added, “I hope you enjoy it.”

Adult Swim dropped a trailer for the show:

The series is described in a press release,

“The year is 2052 – an era of unprecedented peace and prosperity prevails across the globe. The reason for this: mankind has been freed from sickness and pain. Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Dr. Skinner has developed a miracle cure-all drug with no apparent drawbacks called Hapuna. Hapuna soon becomes ubiquitous… and essential. However, soon after Hapuna is officially introduced, Dr. Skinner vanishes.

Three years later, the world has moved on. But Dr. Skinner has returned – this time, as a harbinger of doom. Skinner announces that Hapuna has a short half-life. Everyone who has taken it will die approximately three years later. Death is coming for this sinful world – and coming soon.

As a response to this threat, a special task force of 5 agents is gathered from across the world to save humanity from Skinner’s plan. This group is called “Lazarus.” Can they find Skinner and develop a vaccine before time runs out?”

The series will receive a “first look” at the Adult Swim Festival in San Diego on July 22nd.

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