Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.
Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson will produce a live-action adaptation of the anime series “Afro Samurai,” the Indomina Group announced on July 21.
The independent production house, which operates in Los Angeles and the Dominican Republic, said it had acquired the rights to the anime from Japanese anime studio Gonzo KK.
The film will be co-produced by the Indomina Group and Gonzo. Jackson provided the voice for the title character in the English version of the original anime series.
The Indomina Group and Gonzo said the screenwriter and director of the new project will be selected this summer, and casting will be completed by the end of the year.
The film will be shot at the Pinewood Indomina Studios in the Dominican Republic.
The Indomina Group was established in 2008 by Jasbinder Singh Mann, vice chairman and CEO. The company produces films, TV series, music and videogames. It is known in Japan as the distributor of “True Legend,” a martial arts movie released in Japan on June 25.
The original anime was based on a manga by Takashi Okazaki. The first series aired in 2007, followed by a sequel called “Afro Samurai: Resurrection” in 2009. Both series were produced by Gonzo.
The first series premiered on the U.S. cable channel Spike TV, and a feature film adaptation was released in Japan. The anime is available on DVD and Blu-ray, selling at least 500,000 copies in the region.
“Afro Samurai: Resurrection” became the first Japanese anime to win the Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation Emmy Award.
“This has been one of my very favorite properties ever since our amazing debut,” Jackson said. “I can’t wait to produce the epic feature film version with our new partners at the Indomina Group.”
Singh Mann said in a statement: “We never took our eyes off the property and are very pleased to not only have the opportunity now to make an extraordinary film, but to do it with Samuel L. Jackson, who is just as passionate about ‘Afro Samurai’ as we are.”
For more details, visit the anime’s official Japanese website at (http://www.gonzo.co.jp/archives/afro-samurai/) or the Indomina Group at (http://releasing.indomina.com/news/2011/7/21/indomina-and-samuel-l-jackson-team-for-live-action-afro-samu.html).
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