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It was only a few weeks ago that Netflix announced the start of production for their live-action Cowboy Bebop, but it looks like we’ll have to wait longer for the show to come out.
According to Deadline, production for the Netflix show had been shut down for several months after main star John Cho had injured himself on-set, requiring him to undergo surgery and months of rehabilitation.
We don’t have any specific details on how Cho was injured, but it is being described as a ‘freak accident,’ and Cho was said to have been injured in the knee. Production isn’t expecting to start for 7–9 months, depending on how long it would take for Cho to heal.
Cho also had this to share on IG after people heard of his accident:
This should come as a huge bummer for fans, seeing that an adaptation of one of the most celebrated anime has a lot of hype surrounding it. The again, with Netflix’s reputation for poorly adapting anime into live-action (i.e., Death Note), some are remaining cautiously optimistic about how a live-action Cowboy Bebop would look.
Besides Cho, the series also stars Daniella Pineda, Mustafa Shakir, Alex Hassell, and Elena Satine. The first season is set to have 10 episodes. We don’t have a full look at the cast yet, but hopefully Netflix gives us something by the time Cho is ready to come back to set.
We don’t know when we should expect Cowboy Bebop to hit Netflix, but with the delay, we could expect something to come out late 2021.