The production of Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop has suffered an unfortunate setback.
Series star John Cho, who leads the series as Spike, suffered an on-set injury that sources have described as “severe.” Filming was taking place in New Zealand, but Cho has been flown back to Los Angeles, for surgery and extensive rehabilitation.
The production shutdown is expected to last between 7 and 9 months. The new filming schedule will be set once Cho’s prognosis is clear. Netflix is fully committed to having Cho in the lead role, and have decided against recasting the role in favor of waiting for Cho to fully heal.
“Our thoughts are with John and he has our complete support as he recuperates from this injury,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement to Deadline.
The series stars John Cho as Spike, Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black, Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine, Elena Satine as Julia and Alex Hassell as Vicious. The character of Ed has yet to be cast.
Netflix picked up Cowboy Bebop back in November 2018. The series is 10 episodes long and is described as the jazz-inspired, genre-bending story of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, and Radical Ed, a crew of bounty hunters on the run from their pasts as they hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals.
The director of the original anime, Shinichiro Watanabe, will serve as a consultant on the project. Christopher Yost, the writer for Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok, will write the first episode and executive produce.
Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio will serve as executive producers alongside Yasuo Miyakawa, Masayuki Ozaki, and Shin Sasaki of Sunrise Inc. The series is a co-production between Netflix and Tomorrow Studios.