Samuel L. Jackson is attached to topline and co-produce a live-action feature to be adapted from the Japanese comic franchise Afro Samurai, created by Takashi Okazaki.
Variety says the film is a joint production of Japanese animation studio GDH K.K. Gonzo, Fuji TV and Mosaic Media in Los Angeles. Jackson is already signed to lend his voice to an animated Afro Samurai TV series set to premiere on Spike TV next year.
Afro Samurai is the tale of a black samurai futuristic, yet feudal Japan who is on a mission to avenge the wrongful death of his father. Jackson stars as “Afro,” a warrior who travels a solitary path encountering a myriad of enemies, friends and challenges beyond imagination.
Production of the film is set to begin in 2006, with a U.S. release targeted for 2007.