It may be opening night for Immortals, but director Tarsem Singh isn’t standing still and waiting to see how the weekend box office turns out. True, he already has his Snow White take Mirror Mirror queued up for next year, and it’s also true that Singh has previously talked about doing a My Dinner with Andre kind of talky film. But Singh’s got his eye on something that’s really going to test his skills as a visual filmmaker: the Cartoon Network hit Samurai Jack.
“I love Samurai Jack,” Singh said during a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I would love to direct that,” he said, citing the show’s style, pacing, and visuals as some of the aspects he admires most about it. “It’s brilliant. The speed, it embraces where it comes from. I find that comic strip films are halfway grounded. They don’t play my chord. But I love Samurai Jack. I love the animation.”
For those of you who can’t remember back to 2004, Samurai Jack was created by Genndy Tartakovsky and follows the titular warrior from his home in feudal Japan to a dystopian future ruled by the demon Aku, and his robot minions. Jack tries to find a way home while battling the forces of evil. It won four Emmys during its 2001 to 2004 run, which garnered a lot of critical acclaim. So much so that a live-action Samurai Jack movie has been in the works for almost as long as the show’s been in existence, and Brett “rehearsing-is-for-people-I-identify-with-a-homophobic-slur” Ratner was at one point attached to direct.
So how serious is Singh’s commitment to a Samurai Jack movie? When told that the movie rights have reverted back to Cartoon Network from New Line, Singh told THR, “Have them contact me.”
Well, you’ve got to admire his enthusiasm.