Sam Jackson is Producing a Live-Action Adaptation of 'Afro Samurai'
by Ethan Anderton
July 21, 2011
The property has already made a splash as a popular animated series, but now Gonzo Studios is teaming with The Indomina Group for a live-action adaptation of Afro Samurai with series voice talent Samuel L. Jackson stepping up to produce the adaptation of the 2007 animated series which also spawned a 2009 TV movie Afro Samurai: Resurrection. Meshing mind-bending hip-hop, Japanese culture and some truly killer action, the original series followed a black samurai's hunt for a man named Justice (voiced by Ron Perlman) who murdered his father. However, it's not clear if the live-action film will adapt the same story or not.
No writer or director have been attached to the project yet, but producers hope to have one by the end of the summer with the cast rounded out by the end of the year to begin shooting sometime in 2012. As of now it sounds like Jackson isn't attached to star in the film which is a little disappointing, but with the actor being in his early 60's, it's not surprising. But having worked with the "Afro Samurai" character for so long, this is definitely a passion project for Jackson (who is also producing the film) as he says, "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." Here's hoping RZA will return to compose the music as he has for the animated series. The question is who should play the titular sword-wielding warrior? My vote goes to Donald Glover. What do you think?