Sadly, Netflix has stopped production on their live-action Cowboy Bebop after a freak accident involving lead actor John Cho injuring his knee during filming a scene in Auckland, New Zealand.
Production will pause for 7-9 months as Cho recovers and undergoes surgery according to Deadline.
Netflix’s upcoming live-action series Cowboy Bebop is going on a lengthy hiatus following a knee injury sustained by lead John Cho on the set of the show in New Zealand.
Sources describe the injury as a freak accident that happened on the last take of a routine and well-rehearsed scene. It requires surgery, for which Cho has been flown back to Los Angeles, and an extensive rehabilitation. The production shutdown is expected to last seven to nine months. The new filming schedule will be set once Cho’s prognosis is clear.
This is crazy stuff and good on Netflix for not recasting the Spike Spiegel role.
Cowboy Bebop’s (working title confirmed to be Jazz Band) filming delays would likely mean that audiences shouldn’t expect to see the series drop on Netflix before 2021.
Here is what the cast on the series looks like.
- John Cho as Spike Spiegel
- Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine
- Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black
- Alex Hassell as Vicious
- Elena Satine as Julia
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.