Netflix have stopped production of their live-action adaption of Cowboy Bebop after John Cho suffered an injury on-set.
Deadline cites unspecified sources stating that John Cho (playing Spike Spiegel) suffered a “freak accident that happened on the last take of a routine and well-rehearsed scene” in New Zealand.
In addition, the injury will require surgery and “extensive” rehabilitation in Los Angeles. Variety and several other outlets are citing the injury was to his knee.
As such production has been shut down, and it is expected to remain that way for seven to nine months. Deadline claims that Netflix is “is fully committed to Cho in the title role, willing to wait until late spring/early summer to resume filming, along with the logistical challenges that presents,” rather than recast the roll.
A Netflix spokesman did officially state to Deadline “Our thoughts are with John, and he has our complete support as he recuperates from this injury.”
Cho later took to Instagram, quoting Bruce Lee (“Water can flow or it can crash”), possibly in homage to Spike Spiegel’s Lee-inspired fighting style in the anime. Cho also stated “Thanks for all the well wishes everyone. Gonna be back and flowing in no time!”
Our earlier article stated that production had begun, a mere two weeks ago.