Netflix revealed last fall that they’re moving forward with a Cowboy Bebop live-action TV series and we had a really cute video from just about two weeks ago as production got underway and we saw the start of a small table read with the main actors. Deadline is now reporting that a freak accident happened “on the last take of a routine and well-rehearsed scene” involving John Cho. Cho was flown from the filming set in New Zealand back to Los Angeles where he’ll get surgery for it and then extensive rehabilitation. Netflix expects production to be delayed by seven to nine months because of what’s involved and to get the all-clear on Cho for it. Deadline does reveal that with it being as early in production as it is that recasting would be possible but that the company is committed to Cho in the role and will deal with the delay.
“Our thoughts are with John, and he has our complete support as he recuperates from this injury,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement to Deadline.
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The first two episodes have Alex Garcia Lopez directing the cast which includes John Cho as Spike Spiegel, Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black, Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine, and Alex Hassell as Vicious. Elena Satine will play Julia.
Spike is described as “an impossibly cool ‘cowboy’ (bounty hunter) with a deadly smile, a wry wit and style to spare. He travels the solar system with his ex-cop partner, Jet, pursuing the future’s most dangerous bounties with a combination of charm, charisma — and deadly Jeet Kune Do.” Jet’s described as “one of the few honest cops in the solar system before an ultimate betrayal robbed him of all that he loved, forcing him into a vagabond life of hunting bounties to put food on the table. Jet is an inveterate jazz enthusiast and captain of the Bebop.”
Tomorrow Studios is working with ITV Studios to bring this to fruition. Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg will executive producer along with Sunrise in Japan. Tomorrow Studios’ producers include Marty Adelstein (Good Behavior, Prison Break) and Becky Clements (Good Behavior, Aquarius); as well as Matthew Weinberg. Chris Yost (Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok).
Chris Yost, who has worked on a wide range of animated features and is the writer behind the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, is set to pen the script for it.
“We are excited to work with Sunrise in bringing this beloved anime to the U.S. and global marketplace as a live-action series,” said Adelstein back in summer 2017. “The animated version has long resonated with audiences worldwide, and with the continued, ever growing, popularity of anime, we believe a live action version will have an incredible impact today.”
Plot Concept: 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, any one 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.