It's been 11 years since Samurai Jack went off the air, leaving the titular samurai's quest to return to the past unresolved. Talk of a movie has sprung up a few times in the years since then and comics were created to continue Jack's adventure - but this wasn't the continuation that fans really wanted.
Taking a page from the Futurama playbook, Cartoon Network is bringing Samurai Jack back as part of its Adult Swim lineup in 2016. Even better, it's coming back with series creator Genndy Tartakovsky as producer.
Samurai Jack told the story of Jack, a prince with a magic sword who sought to save his father's lands from a shapeshifting demon named Aku. Before he could land the final blow against Aku, the demon used its power to open a portal to the far future and fling Jack into it. The land was overrun by Aku and his evil forces, and Aku was the undisputed ruler of the future that Jack arrived in.
Tartakovsky wove a lot of world mythology into the series, as well as Japanese lore and martial arts films. Reportedly, the entire pitch for the series was Tartakovsky approaching Cartoon Network executive Mike Lazzo and saying "Hey, remember David Carradine in Kung Fu? Wasn't that cool?" The new season will likely continue this, picking up at some point after the story of the previous seasons left off; it's unknown whether the events of the Samurai Jack comics will be canon for the new season or not.
Check out the Samurai Jack poster teasing the show's return in 2016 (via CBR), below:
This is very exciting news for fans, since many are still disappointed that the series was cancelled despite critical acclaim. The last word anyone received on Samurai Jack before this came in 2012 when Tartakovsky stated that a film was in pre-production. It's unknown whether concepts from that film will be included in the new season on Adult Swim, or if there are still plans for a film in the future.
It remains to be seen whether the series will get additional seasons beyond the one that's currently been announced. If it doesn't, then hopefully the story arc of the new Adult Swim season will feature some closure for Jack (and the fans.) We can also hope that Samurai Jack's return to television goes a bit smoother than Futurama's did, as that show seemed to stumble a bit in the episodes that followed the four movies that relaunched the series.
Samurai Jack will return to Cartoon Network in 2016 as part of its Adult Swim programming block. We'll bring you more information (including, news on the premiere date) when we have it.