Netflix's Cowboy Bebop Faces Long Delay After John Cho's On-Set Injury

Brenda Watkins
October 19, 2019

Netflix shuts down production on their upcoming live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop after headlining star John Cho suffers an injury. Following his injury, Cho flew from New Zealand to Los Angeles, where he will undergo surgery and "extensive rehabilitation".

Sources on the set told Deadline that Cho's injury was quite surprising, calling it a "freak accident", as the scene was well-rehearsed and the actor was filming the last take.

The 26-episode Cowboy Bebop, one of the most heralded anime series in the world, aired in Japan from 1998 to 1999 and received a number of anime and science-fiction awards.

Deadline states that while the production is still in relatively early days, Netflix has no desire to re-cast the role and pump out the series.

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John, meanwhile, thanked fans for their messages of support while addressing his injury on Instagram. "Thanks for all the well wishes everyone". Cho wrote on his Instagram account Friday, along with a quote from Bruce Lee. Gonna be back and flowing in no time!'

Based mostly on the worldwide phenomenon from Dawn Inc., Cowboy Bebop is 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 search out the photo voltaic system's most harmful criminals.

Cho will be joined by co-stars Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda, Alex Hassell, and Elena Satine, as they contend with the (obviously) hard task of imagining one of anime's most beloved properties as a live-action series.

Originally airing in 1998 on Tokyo TV and crossing the pond as the first anime to be shown on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim in the U.S. in 2001, many regard Cowboy Bebop as the greatest anime of all time.

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