Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop series could see a release delay as John Cho, who plays main character Spike Spiegel, has injured his knee bad enough to require surgery.
Cho apparently sustained the injury in New Zealand during a stunt sequence, that wasn’t considered to be particularly dangerous, and has since been flown back to Los Angeles for surgery with a suggested recovery time of up to nine months. Since Spike is meant to be a master of a hyper-stylised version of Jeet Kune Do, it’s kind of important that Cho recovers well enough to get the martial arts right. Also, y’know, for his own well-being, I guess.
It seems filming was already a few episodes in and the studios involved have no intention of replacing Cho, so this will probably delay the release date of the series. I imagine they could keep filming scenes that don’t involve Spike, though.
The live-action Cowboy Bebop will be 10 episodes long, so expect a more streamlined adaptation of the original, 26-episode story, following a “ragtag crew of bounty hunters” as they hunt down “the galaxy’s most dangerous criminals”. There is no official release date, as yet.