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"Afro Samurai" Goes Live-Action

By Garth Franklin Thursday July 21st 2011 01:00PM
"Afro Samurai" Goes Live-Action

The Indomina Group, Samuel L. Jackson and Gonzo Studios are teaming to produce a live action film based on the popular “Afro Samurai” animated series.

The original manga followed the life of Afro Samurai who witnessed his father (owner of the No. 1 headband) being killed by the hands of a gunslinger named Justice (owner of the No. 2 headband) while he was a child. As an adult, Afro sets off to avenge his father's death and kill Justice.

The property was adapted into a five-episode anime TV series by Studio Gonzo in 2007, a TV movie sequel "Afro Samurai: Resurrection" in 2009, and a successful video game. Jackson lent his voice to the character in these works.

Jackson, Jasbinder Singh Mann and Shin Ishikawa will produce. A writer & director will be attached shortly and shooting will take place at Pinewood Indomina Studios in the Dominican Republic in 2012.

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