News Reporting

Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Production Suspended Following On-Set Injury By John Cho


Entertainment news site Deadline reports that Netflix temporarily halted production of the live-action Cowboy Bebop TV series. According to Deadline, John Cho sustained a knee injury on-set in New Zealand.

According to Deadline, the incident was a “freak accident”, though Cho will require surgery. Cho has since returned to Los Angeles for treatment and “an extensive rehabilitation.” The production stoppage is expected to last between seven and nine months, and a new filming schedule will be put forth once Cho has a clean prognosis.

The live-action Cowboy Bebop TV series is a joint production between Netflix and Tomorrow Studios. Chris Yost (Thor: Ragnarok, Max Steel) is writing the adaptation, while series creator Shinichiro Watanabe will serve as a consultant.

The series was originally announced in the pages of Variety in June 2017. At the time, they reported that Japanese Studio Sunrise, who created the original anime series, are attached as executive producers. Midnight Radio, Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, and Matthew Weinberg are also attached as executive producers on the project.

the show will star the following:

  • Spike Spiegel: John Cho
  • Jet Black: Mustafa Shakir
  • Faye Valentine: Daniella Pineda
  • Vicious: Alex Hassell
  • Julia: Elena Satine

Tomorrow Studios is a partnership between ITV Studios and Marty Adelstein. Midnight Radio is a collective, which consists of Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg.

Cowboy Bebop is a 1998 series from studio Sunrise. Shinichirō Watanabe (Space Dandy, Samurai Champloo) directed the project, which featured character designs by Toshihiro Kawamoto (Blood Blockade Battlefront, Wolf’s Rain). Keiko Nobumoto (Tokyo Godfathers, Macross Plus) was in charge of series composition.

Yoko Kanno (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Macross Frontier, Space Dandy) scored the show’s soundtrack.

Bandai Entertainment originally released the title in North America on VHS and DVD. Cowboy Bebop was the first anime title to air on Adult Swim in the United States, and has aired numerous times since that initial broadcast. Though Bandai closed its doors in 2012, the show has since been rescued by Funimation. They describe Cowboy Bebop as:

The Bebop crew is just trying to make a buck. This motley lot of intergalactic loners teams up to track down fugitives and turn them in for cold hard cash. Spike is a hero whose cool facade hides a dark and deadly past. The pilot Jet is a bruiser of a brute who can’t wait to collect the next bounty. Faye Valentine is a femme fatale prone to breaking hearts and separating fools from their money. Along for the ride are the brilliant-but-weird hacker Ed and a super-genius Welsh Corgi named Ein.

On their own, anyone of them would be likely to get lost in the sprawl of space, but together, they’re the most entertaining gang of bounty hunters in the year 2071.

Funimation currently offers Cowboy Bebop on several streaming services, including FunimationNow and Hulu.

Source: Deadline (Thanks to M for the tip!)

About the author

Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

Anime Herald

Support Anime Herald

Anime Herald is brought to you through our Patrons and Ko-fi supporters. Consider backing us for as little as $1 a month to help us keep the site ad-free and pay a fair rate to our writers.

Patrons and backers can access several benefits, including Early Article Access, our members-only Discord, and the ability to suggest articles for our team to write on your behalf.



Latest Posts

Niche

Zom 100 Is the Most Important Anime of This Generation

While he is uncertain of what that future will look like, he is certain—as are his friends—that he will not return to the normal that exploited him mentally, physically, and financially for the benefit of employers who care for one thing—themselves.

By Caitlin Sinclair Chappell