Production halted over freak accident on set of the live adaption of Cowboy Bebop.
The recent run of anime live action adaptions have fallen well short in the last few years, DeathNote was a major let down, and both fans and critics weren't overly impressed with Ghost in the Shell.
There are many more but I'm not going to get into them now, I want to talk about Netflix's upcoming Cowboy Bebop remake. As some of you may remember we first reported this series back when we were still doing the Triple R's, well it is now in a production pause.
Actor John Cho (Harold & Kumar go to White Castle and loads more), who was cast to play one of the main characters, Spike Spiegel, has injured his knee a few weeks ago while filming in New Zealand in what eyewitnesses are calling a 'freak accident'. He has since flown back to LA to have it operated on and recover, which has been said to take 7-9 months.
The series had only just started filming, with at least two episodes completed when this happened.
With production being so early on, Netflix actually had the option of just recasting and moving on, but have declined to do so, willing to wait out Cho's recovery and completely backing their star. Meaning production is on hold till mid next year, so no Cowboy Bebop till late 2020 at the earliest.
This is a massive blow for the show, it had just finished casting most of their main characters (you can watch the Ein reveal video below where you can see the others), and had finally started filming when disaster struck. Though I have to respect Netflix for not just recasting straight away, most studios would have, as John Cho was still getting first aid on his knee. But the fact the streamer is sticking with him is commendable.
I had (and still am I guess) been looking forward to this adaptation ever since I first heard of it late last year, despite the fact that I'm not getting my hopes up. I've been a massive fan of the original Japanese anime since 2004 and am a little apprehensive of Netflix doing another DeathNote on us. But I'll still check it out when it finally hits our screens sometime late next year.