According to longtime media executive Fred Seibert, former head of Hanna-Barbera and current head of Frederator films, Genndy Tartakovsky’s popular animated show, Samurai Jack, is headed to the big screen with J.J. Abrams as a co-producer. The film, which is budgeted at $20 million, will combine traditional 2D animation with stereoscopic 3D. It is being produced by Fredarator Films and Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot Productions.
I absolutely love Samurai Jack. I wonder if they’ll reboot things or finish the original story. I’m betting on a reboot.
Tangential, but I just started watching Avatar via Netflix on a whim (needed something animated for my daughter, quicklike). I had no idea it was actually good. I zipped through the first “book” in less than a week of nightly viewings with my daughter and can’t wait to start on the second chunk of the series. I’m also much more interested in the live action movie. So much potential for epicness.
Poops: the good news is Avatar gets even better in later seasons; in particular, the Fire Nation posse deserve their own spinoff. :-) The bad news is you will then be filled with trepidation about the live-action film, given Shyamalan’s decline into, y’know, not being very good.
Anyway, JJA has been more hit than miss lately, so color me tentatively hopeful about this.
Maybe my fanboy hat is strapped on too tight, but good lord, I couldn’t disagree more. Jack was developed throughout the series. Some episodes were, in fact, too cerebral for a kid’s show and completely devoted to exploring who Jack was, his motivations and his limits. He was uptight, occasionally impatient, but so driven that he never strayed or despaired.