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STAR TREK director J.J. Abrams will be joining former Hanna-Barbera president Fred Seibert to produce a feature film version of the hit Cartoon Network animated series SAMURAI JACK. The $20 million film will use a combination of traditional cell animation and stereoscopic 3-D.

Seibert revealed the news on his blog while explaining how his company Frederator Films came to acquire rights to the series as their first film project.

SAMURAI JACK is the creation of Genndy Tartakovsky, whose other animated projects include DEXTER’S LABORATORY and STAR WARS: CLONE WARS. He also directed episodes of Craig McCracken’s THE POWERPUFF GIRLS.

The series centers on the title character (voiced by Phil LaMarr), a Japanese samurai on a quest to defeat an evil shape-shifting wizard named Aku (voiced by Mako). He is transported far into the future at the beginning of the series and discovers that Aku is now the supreme ruler of all. Jack battles Aku’s minions while attempting to discover a way to return to his own time in order to stop Aku from taking over the world.

The series originally aired from 2001 through 2004. It was widely praised by critics and viewers, in part for possessing a strong cinematic visual style that successfully drew inspiration from a variety of film genres including Spaghetti Westerns, kung fu, chambara, and sci-fi.

Source: Frederator Films via Screen Rant

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  • ANON

    FUCK YES

  • sowutifmahsnsux

    samurai jack was a great show. only a feature film to finish the storyline is appropriate. however, with Mako no longer with us, Aku just wont have the same awesomeness. just look what happened to iroh in avatar the last airbender…

  • http://www.freakanimes.info/ Mr.Hoisington

    Genndy Tartakovsky did not creat powerpuff girls. That was Craig McCracken.

  • Pocket Rock

    A movie to close the series? HECK YES.

    Directed by JJ Abrams?
    HELL YEAH!

  • http://www.kungfucinema.com Mark Pollard

    True. I've clarified the article.

  • http://www.kungfucinema.com Mark Pollard

    JJ Abrams is only producing the movie. Still good news as his support will help the film get completed and distributed.

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  • http://twitter.com/CirenzSonG CirenzSonG

    regardless, this is good news, neh?

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  • jrronimo

    Mako had an understudy that took over for him in Avatar: The Last Airbender for the voice of Iroh after Mako himself died. The replacement voice was a pretty good match, so hopefully they'll get him for Aku.

  • jrronimo

    Mako had an understudy that took over for him in Avatar: The Last Airbender for the voice of Iroh after Mako himself died. The replacement voice was a pretty good match, so hopefully they'll get him for Aku.

  • http://www.thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/bum-reviews Chester A. Bum

    OH MY GOD! THIS IS THE BEST MOVIE! EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE! : D
    but i did'nt see it yet.

  • http://www.yahoo.com/ michael clement

    I hope that with in this movie that i would like to see a cameo by the monkeyman.

  • Dax

    But Aku is already dead…………… too soon?

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