During the filming of Netflix’s live-action Cowboy bebop series in New Zealand, actor John Cho, who plays main character Spike Spiegel in the series, suffered a “freak accident”. It happened on the last take of a routine and well-rehearsed scene almost two weeks ago. Cho injured his knee during the accident, and it’s serious enough to require surgery. Cho has flown back to Los Angeles for an extensive rehabilitation.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Buchan/BEI/REX/Shutterstock (9795452ac) John Cho ‘Searching’ film screening, Los Angeles, USA – 20 Aug 2018

According to Deadline, ” The production shutdown is expected to last seven to nine months. The new filming schedule will be set once Cho’s prognosis is clear. “

Thor’s scriptwriter, Chris Yost, will be writing the scripts. As for how it will adhere to the original, the Netflix series will have creator and director Shinichiro Watanabe as creative consultant. Alex Garcia Lopez (Netflix’s Daredevil and Punisher series) will be directing the first two episodes.

Here’s how Netflix describes the new series:

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.

source: Deadline