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Genndy Tartakovsky Still Trying Hard to Make 'Samurai Jack' Movie

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September 12, 2012
Source: IGN

Samurai Jack

With Hotel Transylvania just a couple weeks away, the director and animation master is making the interview rounds and talking about various other projects on his plate. Yesterday he talked about his approach to a computer animated Popeye, and now he's talking about the long gestating, eagerly anticipated film take on his TV series Samurai Jack. For those who have been waiting for eight years to see the series make the jump the big screen, it should be good to hear from Tartakovsky himself that, "I've been trying so hard every year." And the good news is that the studio seems to want Samurai Jack in theaters too. Read on!

First of all, for those who aren't familiar with the series, here's the synopsis:

In the distant past, a Japanese samurai embarks on a mission to defeat the evil shape-shifting wizard Aku. Before he can complete his task, though, he is catapulted thousands of years into the future. He finds himself in a world where Aku now enjoys complete power over every living thing. Dubbing himself "Jack," he sets out on a new quest--to right the wrongs that have been done by his enemy and to find a way back to his own time so he can destroy the evil once and for all.

Speaking with IGN, here's what Tartakovsky had to say when asked about a Samurai Jack movie:

"The one amazing thing about Jack is that I did it in 2001, you know, and it still survived. There's something about it that's connected with people. And I want it, it's number 1 on my list, and now Bob Osher, the President [of Digital Production at Sony Picture Entertainment], is like 'Hey, let's talk about Jack. Let's see what we can do.' And I go, 'You're going to do a 2D feature animated movie?' and he's like, 'Yeah. Maybe. Let's do some research and let's see.' So it's not dead for sure by any means, and it's still on the top of my list, and I'm trying as hard as I can.”

Well, it might not be at the top of his list since Popeye seems to be next on the docket for the director and Sony, but it's clear that he's still passionate about it. However, the one hurdle that the production faces is that Mako, the actor who voiced the villainous Aku, has passed away since the series ended in 2004. Obviously the role would have to be recast, but fans will certainly be vocal about a replacement if the character makes it to the movie. For now the project isn't really in active development, but it sounds like it could certainly happen sometime down the road. Do you want a Samurai Jack movie?

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  • DAVIDPD
    I am still waiting for em effing blu-rays!
  • Deyan
    I really hope so.One of my all-time-favorite cartoons.
  • Richie G
    Could be good. I loved the show when it was on, but it lacked an overall story arch. I can understand a studio not rushing to produce this when the creators didn't know where it was going themselves
  • Legion
    40 plus episodes and the storyline went know where in the cartoon. Now I don't care any more if this gets made or not. There's so many other things far better than it like Avatar Last Air Bender cartoon and Korra.
    • Jericho
      see you almost had some credit to you...almost...
    • anon
      story went no where because it was cancelled, hence why they were going to make a movie a few years back which finished off the story but got cancelled too.
  • Big Boss
    Petition website. STAT.
  • LosZombies
    Well try HARDER! >.<"
  • Andy
    It was hinted at during the series that Jack was destined to become a king. Which is why the really tough guy protect the means of Jacks travel home doesn't kill him because he knows how important he really is.
  • David Banner
    Samurai Jack series on Blu-Ray first please! :)
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7YGEVuJ4mM Carpola
    Samurai Jack and Dexter's blew my mind, they were a much needed freshness after Ren and Stimpy died. I remember seeing Genndy's short animations before they came out too. I think they were super influential in many ways. I'd like to see a movie, but doubt it would have a big audience.
  • Bender
    Bring back Samurai Jack and Carnivale. Two shows I still miss.
  • Vectis
    I used to enjoy watching this show becuase of its ingenuity. But I guess hollywood wants to re-use as much from the past as it can. Just don't mess up the story, keep it how it was.
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eric-Wilson/100001127302735 Eric Wilson
    For the lo e of all things holy yes. A million times yes. And I'd like to see the series on Blue Ray.
  • Ehsan Davodi
    ImIn. After Ninja Assassin i didnt anything acceptable for beloved marshal arts genre. Beside Matrix , Kill Bill , Redbelt Karate Kid i didnt see anything worthy. I think genre belong to East still. The Raid: Redemption , 13 Assassins , Ip Man , Chocolate , OngBak , Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon , Hero .... I love Kung Fu Panda and so exciting about 47 Ronin , Man of Tai Chi , Man with Iron Fist but not as much as "GRANDMASTERS"
  • http://twitter.com/markyshonson Mark
    So mote it be.
  • Gorgossium
    Fuck yes i do.
  • bulgodiga
    MAKE THAT SHIT HAPPEN!!
  • Skid
    It is my fav tv show ever. Will take wife and kids to see it if it does make it to big screen
  • zombietiger
    I'm 23 now and I still think about samurai jack. My absolute favourite cartoon, full stop. Really upsets me that I can't watch the DVD as I'm U.K. but I would watch a film any day of the week.
  • Aditya_Nath_Jha
    Make it happen. Soon. Or I will find you. And I will kill you :P
  • Jeff Kimelman
    How would we start a petition? I would love to organize a petition to Genndy Tartakovsky! This needs to be made sooner rather than later!!!
  • kat
    I really do hope they can make a movie to this.I feel sad watching reruns knowing theres no end to the series (because its fantastic). :O

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