A live-action Afro Samurai is coming with Samuel L. Jackson as producer
Posted by: Zack Bruce
I’m not as into animated series on television as I should be. When I was younger, I watched a lot of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES and G.I. JOE back in the 80s. Now the only animated stuff I watch is either produced by Pixar or Dreamworks. Needless to say, I really need to branch out.
One series I need to get into immediately is AFRO SAMURAI. Originally the series started out as a manga written by Takashi Okazaki. The story followed, “the life of Afro Samurai who witnessed his father (owner of the No. 1 headband) being killed by the hands of a gunslinger named Justice (owner of the No. 2 headband) while he was a child. As an adult, Afro sets off to avenge his father’s death and kill Justice.” A series was created from the popular manga and debuted on Spike TV back in 2007. Samuel L. Jackson was an intricate part of the show getting where it did and he voiced the lead character as well.
The talk of a live-action film started in 2006 before the series premiered. It was one of those projects that got left in development limbo. In 2008, it was rumored that Outkast’s Andre 3000 would play Afro. None of this ever came to fruition.
Now the original collaborators, Samuel L. Jackson and Gonzo Studios are moving on officially with the live-action film. Jackson will serve as producer and is excited to finally get this going, “This has been one of my very favorite properties ever since our amazing debut at Comic Con with the original series pilot out of Japan. I can’t wait to produce the epic feature film version with our new partners at The Indomina Group.”
The plan is to find a writer and director by the end of the summer and get the final cast by the end of the year. Shooting will start in 2012 at Pinewood Indomina Studios in the Dominican Republic.
Source: Geek Tyrant