J.J. Abrams Producing Samurai Jack Movie

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 6:28 am,

samuraijack 570x324 J.J. Abrams Producing Samurai Jack Movie

According to longtime media executive Fred Seibert, former head of Hanna-Barbera and current head of Frederator films, Genndy Tartakovsky’s popular animated show, Samurai Jack, is headed to the big screen with J.J. Abrams as a co-producer. The film, which is budgeted at $20 million, will combine  traditional 2D animation with stereoscopic 3D. It is being produced by Fredarator Films and Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot Productions.

For those that don’t recall the show, Samurai Jack was a four-time Emmy award winning animated series that ran on Cartoon Network from 2001 to 2004. Created by Genndy Tartakovsky, who was also the genius behind Dexter’s Laboratory and Star Wars: Clone Wars, Samurai Jack revolved around, well…a samurai named Jack. Jack was a noble warrior who is cast into the future by the evil Aku, “the shape-shifting Master of Darkness.” Each episode involved Jack’s attempts to return to the past to defeat Aku once and for all.

If that plot summary sounded lame to you, then I’m afraid we can’t be friends. Just kidding… sort of. Like Batman: The Animated Series before it, I believe Samurai Jack elevated animated action to another level. Spanning dozens of genres, from Spaghetti Western to Kung-Fu to cyberpunk, Samurai Jack was truly more than just a cartoon. Not only was the art superb, but the pacing and the plotting were downright cinematic. Sometimes, there would be whole episodes where Jack spoke fewer than five words and you’d be totally captivated. And, isn’t that the goal of every animator? To tell a story completely visually?

Every time you sat down to watch Samurai Jack, you were treated to a level of sophistication that was truly unexpected, which is why the show still holds such a loyal following. Since I count myself among Jack‘s fans, I for one am very excited to see Samurai Jack hit the big screen. The fact that J.J. Abrams is on board (Seibert says Abrams is a “huge Jack fan”) basically cinches it for me, since everything Abrams touches seems to turn to gold. Just for fun, check out the classic title sequence from Samurai Jack below.

What do you think? Would you go to the theater to see Samurai Jack: The Movie?

Source: Frederator Films Blog via FilmJunk

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  1. Gotta get back, back to the screen, Samurai Jack!

  2. Provided that the movie actually gets something done as opposed to the typical episode of jack fighting some random villain almost getting home and then missing his chance, yea would actually go to see this movie, just for the closure. After watching the first three seasons it became much of a task to watch the fourth, with the slow pacing, lazy animation at times and pretty much straight up boring episodes of the prior three, hopefully the writers get it done right this time around, hopefully he doesn’t miss this gem/random portal or get tricked by an obviously disguised Aku. I’ll be looking forward to his return home and the end of this overrated series.

  3. Yes, a dream come true for all Samurai Jack fans!!!

  4. Atleast it isn’t M Knight making this…Shudders thinking about it…

  5. Sorry but F the rules.
    Hissp just stfu lol it is a kid’s cartoon and it still makes good reviews and you are still gonna be a hater when the movie comes out
    Go watch whatever it was that was so much better.


  6. JJ Abrams…. I dont trust him. He lacks the ability to be creative, so he capitalizes off of what others have done, and then completely switches everything around. The new Star Trek is good, but it dosent jive with the fable value of the original canon. I will probably not see the “new” star wars, unless i get dragged out to see it, because im sure he did the same thing, exchange plot for special effects and sex. Lucas, for all his directing foupas, really brings a solid plot… Abrams, not so much. I dont think he understands Samurai Jack, but only plans on capitalizing on the “trippy” cinematics and sword play. But that is not what Samurai Jack is about (can I get a witness?).

    Samurai Jack is the master parody for all world religions, it only works in its current medium, to switch that is to lose the entire plot and exchange it for special effects – which is JJs MO.

  7. Yuki Matsuzaki as Aku

  8. Tartakovsky’s Is supposedly going to have total creative control. If this captures what the original show captured, it may become one of the greatest animated movies ever, because that show was greatness