Genndy Tartakovsky Still Plans to Make A ‘Samurai Jack’ Movie

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Longtime fans of cult cartoon guru Genndy Tartakovsky are pretty much unified in their anticipation for his 3D animated feature Hotel Transylvania, which opens in a couple weeks. However, their interest goes beyond loyalty – since the success of Tartakovsky’s first theatrically-released directorial effort could eventually pave the way for a film adaptation of his popular Samurai Jack animated TV show.

Tartakovsky has provided an update on the Samurai Jack movie – and although he has no significant progress to report, the Russian filmmaker insists the project very much has a heartbeat.

Samurai Jack, for the uninitiated, is an award-winning cartoon series about a feudal samurai (Jack, obviously) who must battle his nemesis – the shape-shifting wizard Aku and his minions – in a dystopian future. It’s an ingenious blend of Japanese storytelling, sci-fi elements, stylized Kung Fu action, and other genres that earned the show a strong cult following, but has made the proposition of a film adaptation difficult. As Tartakovsky told IGN:

“I’ve been trying so hard every year, and the one amazing thing about ['Samurai Jack'] is that I did [the show] in 2001, you know, and it still survived. There’s something about it that’s connected with people.”

J.J. Abrams was once onboard to produce a Samurai Jack movie, but his plans fell apart a few years ago; similarly, Tarsem Singh (Immortals) expressed his interest, but has since moved on to other projects. All the same, Tartakovsky’s passion – coupled with his championing of “unrealistic” animation, in an age where photo-realism is increasingly the norm – makes him an ideal director for a Samurai Jack film (especially one that is traditionally-animated).

Tartakovsky confirmed that a 2D-animated Samurai Jack movie not only remains an option on the table, it’s also the one being discussed right now:

“[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.”

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Tartakovsky’s next job will be to direct a computer-animated Popeye movie for Sony, but he insists a feature-length treatment of Samurai Jack remains “on the top of my list, and I’m trying as hard as I can.”

Hotel Transylvania, as mentioned before, will prove crucial to Tartakovsky’s plans for Samurai Jack. The critical success of said 3D feature would provide sufficient “proof” that Tartakovsky can maintain his unique voice while working within the studio system – without compromising his storytelling (see also: José Padilha’s struggle to realize his vision of RoboCop).

Moreover, if Transylvania is a sufficient box office hit, that will give the filmmaker more leverage to make the Samurai Jack movie that he and fans alike want to see – that is, one that maintains the mixture of intelligence, artistic substance, and flashy style that set the original television series apart from so many other action-packed cartoons. Count us among those keeping our fingers crossed for that.

More on Samurai Jack as the story develops.

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Source: IGN

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  1. I’d rather see a Ronin movie based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller, its basically the same story.

    • yeah I agree the ronin is one of my favorite graffic novels and should with out question and I don’t understand why it’s not being talked about anymore. Yet I still think theres a place for samurai jack and would definatly see it cause I’m a fan of his also

    • yeah I agree the ronin is one of my favorite graffic novels and should with out question and I don’t understand why it’s not being talked about anymore.

    • I love how similar the two are except in EVERY CONCEIVABLE WAY. Have you ever watched Samurai Jack? The only two things they have in common are that the protagonist is Japanese… and there is a magic sword… and the two swords are NOTHING alike.

    • Yes, bit you KNOW the studio would dip it’s greedy little fingers in the mix and ruin it- they wouldn’t let it resemble Miller’s vision so we’d have just another Samurai-Guy-Big-Movie. Samurai would be different because it would maintain the artistry and style of the original established tv show, which was its hallmark. Most studios, from what I have observed, seem to look at Miller’s stuff as merely springboard material… “Here’s Frank Miller’s graphic novel…use the idea, but make it, you know…BIGGER and MONEY-ER”

  2. Ugh! This movie has been in development for so long now… :(
    I really hope it’ll get some traction soon!

    • Seems like perfect territory for Zack Snyder or Robert Rodriguez.

  3. Live action or 2D animation. I would love to see a Samurai jack movie.

  4. He ain’t gonna do it. Man never had the balls to and never will after he left the show behind. If he was so passionate about Samurai Jack we would have seen a film in development now not him juggling other pointless projects like Popeye and another Adam Sandler junk fest. No hope at all no hope.

    • I’m not sure if you are a just a troll or if you didn’t bother to read the article. He’s been trying to get a SJ movie in the works for several years, but since it is a tradionally animated feature, it is difficult to get a studio behind it due to production cost and labor(namely the artists who have to draw roughly 6,000 individual drawings for about 8 second of movement).

      • Difficult to get the studio behind it? Are you kidding your the one that didn’t read the article madame Sony Pictures as said in the article has mentioned the film to him many times before so it seems they want to get it off the ground as fast as they can. Problem is he is slacking behind and wanting to focus on more unwanted projects that they aren’t really concerned about. Meanwhile Samurai Jack going no where at all.

    • I’m not sure if you are a just a troll or if you didn’t bother to read the article. He’s been trying to get a SJ movie in the works for several years, but since it is a tradionally animated feature, it is difficult to get a studio behind it due to production cost and labor(namely the artists who have to draw roughly 6,000 individual drawings for about 8 seconds of movement).

  5. It would be great to see a movie with the detail and production value of the Kung Fu Panda intros which I believe he had something to do with.

  6. As a 38-year old woman and big fan of quality animation, I would walk across a desert to see a Samurai Jack movie. I really wish he’d forget the Popeye thing and focus on Jack. I came into that cartoon as an adult, and was absolutely smitten by it. It deserves to be introduced into the movie world. If Mr. Tartakovsky simply did a 90-minute, 2D movie that wrapped up the story, I would be content. But it is so much greater than that, and I wish he’d have faith in his creation.

  7. I would donate one of my testicles if it meant the Samurai Jack movie would get made…

  8. I would prefer to go to see the movie in the theatre knowing that there were no testicle donations involved. If that’s not possible, then I insist that the testicle be taken on a travelling tour of the major cities where Samurai Jack: Testicle Taker is being shown. The theatre manager could bring it out in its jar before each showing as proof. He would have to take it out of the jar and bite into it. If he vomits, it’s the real testicle that got the project greenlit, and we can watch the film and be happy. If he fails to vomit, then it’s a wonton they picked up from Wing Woo, and then it’s nerd rage apocalypse until the next Avengers film comes out.

    • hahaha, dude I’m laughing my *$$ off…that was an awesome comment…

  9. What ever happen to that live action movie that seemed similar to SJ, I think it was “Cup of Tears”?

  10. I loved Samurai Jack. How did it end? Did he finally defeat AKU and fix the timeline? Did the series even have a conclusion or simply stop with the last episode?

  11. You have to make the movie but it has to involve the blue guardian and show him ascending to the power with which he can defeat him and aku and it has to involve the three gods of course where it truly all started but it should be around 2 hours or so and i watched this when it first came out and as a kid it was one of my favorites and still watch it on boomerang by recording it samurai jack is one show that needs an ending and stands yearning closure a conclusion is prevalent and a necessity please make this movie i guarantee this will be better than any other movie you could make?

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