Netflix Halts Cowboy Bebop Live-Action Series After John Cho’s Injury
Earlier this month, Netflix announced the start of production for Cowboy Bebop, the live-action adaptation of Hajime Yatate’s iconic anime series. However, fans are going to have to wait to see Spike and the crew of the Bebop in action. According to The Hollywood Reporter, series star John Cho badly hurt his knee during the first week of production. Apparently, it was serious enough that this will force the production to halt.
Cho has reportedly left the set in New Zeland and returned to Los Angeles for “surgery and rehabilitation.” Unfortunately, this will delay the show at least six to nine months while Cho recovers.
“Our thoughts are with John and he has our complete support as he recuperates from this injury,” said a Netflix spokesperson via a statement to THR.
Cowboy Bebop‘s live-action series was announced back in 2017. Longtime Marvel scribe Christopher Yost is writing the series. Cho will portray Spike, a bounty hunter and the captain of the starship Bebop. Mustafa Shakir will co-star as Jet Black, with Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine. Alex Hassell also stars as Vicious, Spike’s deadly rival. Additionally, Elena Satine will portray Julia, the woman who came between Spike and Vicious.
Netflix hasn’t set a date for Cowboy Bebop‘s debut. However, Cho’s injury almost certainly rules out a 2020 premiere.
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