Unfortunate news, Space Cowboys.
According to a report from Deadline, John Cho, who is portraying the show’s lead, Spike Spiegel, suffered a “freak accident” on set while filming in New Zealand. Sparing specifics, their sources report a knee injury took place on the last take of a scene and will require surgery, as well as “extensive rehabilitation.” Production is expected to be delayed by 7-9 months.
For their part, Netflix is committed to Cho in the lead role. A statement from a rep reads: “Our thoughts are with John and he has our complete support as he recuperates from this injury.” The series was expected to air at some point in 2020, but we’ll probably have to hold out until (at least) the end of the next year at this point, depending on Cho’s post-recovery prognosis.
In the meantime, there’s now an even wider window for those hoping to run through the original anime series, which is streaming in full via Hulu. There’s also Netflix’s light-hearted introduction to the Corgi that will play Ein, the data dog. You can watch it below.