It’s true, apparently. JJ Abrams, not content to be producing and/or directing Star Trek 2, Cloverfield 2, Mission: Impossible 4, Lost, and Micronauts, will apparently also be producing a movie based on the cult favorite Samurai Jack TV show.
STAR TREK director J.J. Abrams will be joining former Hanna-Barbera president Fred Seibert to produce a feature film version of the hit Cartoon Network animated series SAMURAI JACK. The $20 million film will use a combination of traditional cell animation and stereoscopic 3-D.
Samurai Jack, for those who don’t know, was an Emmy-award winning cartoon on Cartoon Network, created by Genndy Tartakovsky (Powerpuff Girls and the original Star Wars: Clone Wars mini series). It involved a Samurai (Jack) who was flung into the future by an evil sorcerer (Aku, voiced by the late Mako). He spent the series trying to find his way back to his own time, but I don’t think he ever got there.
While I didn’t watch Jack religiously, I did enjoy it when I did watch it, and think that a movie would be a nice way to wrap it up … I’m just wondering how they’re going to handle keeping long time fans happy, while still being able to introduce new fans to the franchise. Hmmm…well, sounds like JJ is the guy for it. Now if he’ll just buy the damn rights to He-Man, maybe we can finally get a new He-Man movie.