Samuel L. Jackson may be once again reuniting with Quentin Tarantino for this month’s Django Unchained, but it’s not the only film fans of the prolific actor can look forward to.
We’ve known for a long while that Jackson would appear in the upcoming remakes of Oldboy and Robocop (the latter of which he begins filming in January), and much has been said of his desire to return to the Star Wars saga with the announcement of Disney’s new trilogy, though nothing official has come about.
Now, in addition to these films – along with his work as Nick Fury in Captain America: The Winter Soldier – we’ve received word that Jackson will appear in a live-action version of 1998 Japanese anime Kite under director David R. Ellis. The filmmaker previously collaborated with Jackson on the 2006 cult film, Snakes on a Plane.
Kite (for those unfamiliar) follows a little girl determined to hunt down her father’s killer and teams with her father’s ex-partner to do so. There’s no word yet on exactly which part Jackson will take in the film or how large a role he’ll actually have.
It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time Jackson has established an appreciation for anime. In fact, the actor provided the voice of the lead character in Afro Samurai, in addition to serving as a producer on the 2009 anime film that followed. In the years since that series began, rumors have continued to swirl about a live-action version of the story (with Jackson presumably onboard to star). However, the project has yet to come together.
With Kite, Jackson gets the chance to continue playing in the world of anime and re-team with Ellis at the same time. Ellis’s filmography consists mostly of campy films like the aforementioned Snakes and Shark Night 3D – as well as two entries in the Final Destination horror series. It’ll be interesting to see if he takes Kite a bit more seriously, or if his involvement will lend a certain level of tongue-in-cheek self-awareness to the project.
For you anime fans out there, is Ellis a good fit to bring the story of Kite to life? Which character should Jackson play? Let us know in the comments.
We’ll keep you updated on this story as details become available.