Cowboy Bebop's John Cho Has Not Met With Original Director Yet, Shares Favorite Anime Moments

While on the press tour for his latest film The Grudge, actor John Cho spoke a little about Netflix’s currently delayed Cowboy Bebop live-action adaptation. The actor admitted that he has not spoken to the director of the anime series, Shinichiro Watanabe, yet.

In an interview with IGN, Cho was asked if he consulted Watanabe while preparing to portray such an iconic character in anime. Cho told IGN that the two have not yet talked, but he continued to express excitement for the opportunity to play Cowboy Bebop’s main protagonist Spike Spiegel.

“It’s such a unique piece of material, it’s got such a unique vibe, so many disparate elements coming together into a single project that’s so weird,” Cho said. “I think that was the big thing I was focusing on all the time was…we got to keep it strange and that’s hard to do, but I watched some of the stuff and I’m really happy with it.”

Cho also shared two of his favorite moments from Cowboy Bebop: the scene where Faye confronts a naked Glen in “Jupiter Jazz (Part 1),” and the eight-minute hunt for a Betamax player from “Speak Like A Child.” Cho called the Betamax scene insane because it’s “eight, long minutes and they had to draw that.”

The live-action Cowboy Bebop series was in production for a short while before Cho incurred an on-set injury. The knee injury, which happened during a “routine and well-rehearsed scene,” caused Netflix to shut production down for about a year. Despite the injury and the setback in production, Netflix said it remains “fully committed” to Cho as Spike Spiegel and is willing to wait for him to heal properly.

Alex Garcia Lopez, who has also worked on Netflix shows like The Witcher, will direct the first two Cowboy Bebop episodes, while Christopher Yost (Thor: Ragnarok) is said to write the first episode. The show will consist of 10 episodes in total.

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