Cowboy Bebop star John Cho has suffered a knee injury on set that will halt the production for several months.
According to Deadline, Cho -- who plays Spike Spiegel in the upcoming Netflix series -- will require surgery on his knee as the result of "a freak accident that happened on the last take of a routine and well-rehearsed scene." Production will likely halt for between seven and nine months to accommodate the actor's recovery and rehabilitation.
Commenting on the event, a Netflix spokesperson told Deadline, “Our thoughts are with John and he has our complete support as he recuperates from this injury."
Marvel Netflix director Alex Garcia Lopez will direct the Cowboy Bebop pilot, which was written by executive producer Christopher Yost. Shinichiro Watanabe, who directed the original 1998 anime, serves as consultant on the series. Production started last week in New Zealand.
According to the series synopsis,
Based on the worldwide phenomenon from Sunrise 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 hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals. They’ll even save the world…for the right price.
Netflix's live-action Cowboy Bebop series does not yet have a release date.