There’s a new clip from the fifth and final season of Genndy Tartakovsky’s Samurai Jackmaking the Internet rounds and it has all the Samurai Jack action any fan could hope for. Jack is on the attack against evil robot bugs and he’s using all the technology and weapons he can lay his hands on to get the job done. Set 50 years since we last saw Jack, he has not aged, doomed to roam the future relentlessly followed by a band of assassins sworn to his destruction. (more…)
There’s more exciting news out of the Annecy Festival D’Animation in France. Back n December there was an announcement that Genndy Tartakovsky‘s Samurai Jackwas making its way back on to television. Now we’ve got our hands on some promotional art for the new series. The Prime Time Emmy winning series will be hitting Cartoon Network during Adult Swim‘s Toonami block of programming. Let’s take a look. (more…)
It’s been eight years since Samurai Jack ended its four year run on Cartoon Network and ever since fans have been crying out for a proper ending and creator Genndy Tartakovsky has been trying to deliver a movie to do just that. Recently, while out making the press rounds for Hotel Transylvania, Tartakovsky told IGN the latest update on the Samurai Jack flick,
I’ve been trying so hard every year, and the one amazing thing about Jack is that I did it in 2001, you know, and it still survived. There’s something about it that’s connected with people. And I want it, it’s number 1 on my list, and now Bob Osher, the President (of Digital Production at Sony Picture Entertainment), is like ‘Hey, let’s talk about Jack. Let’s see what we can do.’ And I go, ‘You’re going to do a 2D feature animated movie?’ and he’s like, ‘Yeah. Maybe. Let’s do some research and let’s see.’ So it’s not dead for sure by any means, and it’s still on the top of my list, and I’m trying as hard as I can.
Whoo! Let’s here it for 2D animated features! It’s been so long since there’s been a successful 2D animated movie. Not that I’m knocking 3D animation, it’s just I love all sorts of animation styles and would like to see more variety. Not everyone can be Pixar, y’know.
Anyway, back to Jack, I believe if we want to see a Samurai Jack flick any time soon we all need to show up for Hotel Transylvania. Gotta prove Tartakovsky’s a bankable director. If you’re not familiar with Jack – and why aren’t you! – here’s the show’s intro which sets up the basic premise and shows off Tartakovsky’s killer animation style,
Are you one of the faithful eagerly awaiting a Samurai Jack movie? Will you go pay for Hotel Transylvania to help make it a possibility?
The big screen, live-action adaptation of Samurai Jack has been tossed around for some time now. The cartoon, which ran four seasons and gathered a decent-sized following, has been gone from television for eight years, but still no movie. Fans have been eagerly awaiting news on whether the thing is even going to get made.
Finally, creator of the show, Genndy Tartakovsky had some words on the subject, though fans should prepare to be disappointed. In a recent interview with Collider, he had this to say:
It’s still around. Every year, somebody new picks it up who tries to push it through. I feel like, with Jack, it’s a funny curse. People like it for A, B and C, but as soon as they want to make it, they say, “Well, we can’t do A, B and C.” But, those are the key ingredients that make it successful. Once somebody comes along and just says, “I want to make it for what it is,” then it will get made. But right now, every time we try to run it up the flagpole, it never sticks.
The complications of adapting a cartoon to movie format appear to be too much for prospective writers. Unfortunately for them, Samurai Jack can’t fall back on the “hire a hot chick with nice tits and make shit exploded” technique that got movies like Transformers through the process. Better they wait (or just avoid making it altogether) than turning out some crap because of the brand name.
Perhaps one of these days, it will be. But not today, my friends, not today.