Netflix’s live-action adaptation of the anime/manga ‘Cowboy Bebop’ has shut down production for 7 to 9 months, following an on-set knee injury suffered by the show’s star, John Cho. The injury requires surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation period. Cho has been flown back to Los Angeles from Auckland, New Zealand, where the show is filming. Cho is the series’ lead, portraying mercenary Spike Spiegel.
According to Deadline, sources report that Cho’s injuries resulted from a “freak accident” on the last take of a “routine and well-rehearsed scene.” The production is waiting for an official prognosis on Cho’s condition before scheduling when the show will resume filming. It was stressed that Netflix will not recast the role.
A Netflix spokesperson said, “Our thoughts are with John and he has our complete support as he recuperates from this injury.”
Cho took to social media to thank his followers for their support, sharing a photo of a belt buckle with an ocean scene and the Japanese symbol for “water.”
” ‘Water can flow or it can crash.’ – Bruce Lee… Thanks for all the well wishes everyone,” he wrote on Instagram. “Gonna be back and flowing in no time!”
Cho’s “Cowboy Bebop” co-star Mustafa Shakir commented on the post.
“Big love cowboy! We got this,” Shakir wrote.
“Cowboy Bebop” is based on the 1998 Japanese animated series of the same name. The show follows the adventures of bounty hunter Spike Spiegel (Cho) and his partners, who chase down the galaxy’s most dangerous criminals.