J.J. Abrams Producing Samurai Jack: The Movie


We’ve got a little bit of an update this week on the Samurai Jack feature film that was first announced back in 2007. As you may know, Genndy Tartakovsky is on board to write and direct a big screen continuation of his popular animated series for Frederator Films. As far as we know it’s the only project on his plate at the moment since The Power of the Dark Crystal was postponed indefinitely, but apparently the deal for Samurai Jack took quite a while to close. Here’s the good news: things are now moving ahead, and they’ve even got a pretty big name helping them out as a co-producer.

According to a post on the Frederator Films blog from back in September, J.J. Abrams revealed himself to be a huge fan of Samurai Jack and is now co-producing the movie through his company, Bad Robot Productions. Samurai Jack is also being distributed through Paramount Pictures, which helps guarantee that it will actually end up in theatres rather than getting dumped direct to DVD. Just to be clear, the movie is a “2D/stereoscopic 3D production”, which should maintain the look and feel of the original show. The modest budget will be somewhere in the $20 million range. Frederator also now has a deal in place with Sony, so they’ve potentially got a lot of other stuff on the horizon as well. Pretty exciting, right? Sound off in the comments below.

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  • aspioaokassodsøkasdkøl

    That’s for the Samurai Jack movie news, not that JJ Abrams is making it.

  • Morgan

    It’s not going to be the same without Mako…

  • Dom_G

    Samurai Jack is so good.

  • Napalm

    All in for this!

  • Ian

    Best news of 2007-2009. Abrahms is pretty much forever in my good guy list. I’ll start keeping one now.

  • Justice

    That is so awesome. Abrams is always golden.

  • DTanza

    ….This is the greatest day of my life!

  • Shl

    Oh I so desperately want to see the end…………

  • Falsk

    Yay! I hope it doesn’t get ruined somehow! But still… YAY! <3 Samurai Jack.

  • willm

    holy mip mopping mother mod this is stupendous ans fantastical

  • Ryan

    What hapenned to Mako? Is he not onboard?

  • Sue

    Mako died.

  • Rosencrantz

    Since Mako did recently pass from this world, they could get the person who’s voice replaced his on Avatar: the Last Airbender.

  • Goon

    I thought the show had a final Aku battle and they could move on without him. Wrong?

  • I just eyegasmed!

  • I am very excited to see the samurai jack movie i am huge fan of the show and its a shame to see that show go off the air like that.



  • fred

    samurai jack is the bast cartoon ever- mark, 22yrs old.

  • Schlomo

    The current date is March 7th 2011 and I have just finished watching all of these shows researching all the Samurai Jack information. I want more! I was appalled to find out it was canceled in 2005 and that Mako (Aku) died in 2006. If they do a movie (which it would be such a shame NOT too) I hope they at least try and synthesize Mako’s voice or something. I remember seeing this show when I was in college some 6 years ago being mezmorized at it’s subtlety, emphasis on sounds, being lulled into my roommates room by the awe of the simplicity yet brilliance of this tv show. The first episode I saw was the Minions of Set.
    The sounds, the dialogue, everything. Where this show lacked in artistry it made up tenfold in storyboard, storyline, and character development. Characters didn’t merely talk to fill a 30 minute gap – when they spoke they had purpose. The show had such a hypnotic pace (most of the time) it was a pleasure to watch it.
    I’m a 27 year old personal trainer and mechanic and i f-ing hate cartoons.. But i LOVE Samurai Jack.

  • Nathan

    COME ON!!!!! is there any recent news on this?? this is driving me crazy! is this still gonna happen?

  • Medachod

    This is terrific. Now all we need is a Sym-Bionic Titan movie.

  • Metallix

    Patiently in waiting for the past year or so. I’d like some updates. And yeah it won’t be the same without Mako, but I’d rather see an ending for Jack’s story than just leave such an amazing show hanging in space for the rest of my life…

  • Matt

    The absence of Mako shouldn’t be an issue, seeing how Greg Baldwin did an excellent job imitating uncle Iroh’s voice from Avatar after Mako passed.
    Of course it will never be exactly the same, but those who don’t even know of Mako’s passing wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

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