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I immediately called Jim Samples, then-President of Cartoon Network, and right
away he agreed to a first in the network’s history, granting of rights to an independent
production company. They would grant Frederator Studios the animated movie rights
to the hit TV series Samurai Jack, as long as we agreed that Genndy would be intimately
involved. Agree?!!! How else could we be interested?
was thrilled when I delivered the news. He’d been disappointed that CN and New
Line Cinema had abandoned the project (both animated and live action films) and
felt he’d let his fans down. Here was the chance to finish what he’d started,
and reclaim a special set of characters he’d created.
Without going into all the details, the deals took forever (forever!) to close
(in fact, some of them still have dangling participles) and by the time we announced
the formation of Frederator Films in June 2007 surprise was awaiting all of us.
J.J. Abrams, a huge Jack fan, had agreed to be my co-producer on the picture (a
2D/stereoscopic 3D production) through his company Bad Robot Productions at Paramount
Pictures. We knew that with JJ and his producing partner Bryan Burk we’d be in
more than good hands and improve our chances tremendously of actually seeing the
movie on the big screens.
lunch with Genndy, and the success of starting our company with Samurai Jack,
our talent approach to animated movies had a prayer. The unanswered question was
“what next?”. In fact, that was really about 1000 questions..."
From an interview with
UGO: What's going on with the
Samurai Jack movie?
GENNDY: As far as I know it's dead.
UGO: Why is
GENNDY: They just couldn't get the script right. I wasn't writing it.
The people who were writing the script and the studios just couldn't come up with
something they liked.
UGO: Any chance of a live-action Samurai Jack movie?
GENNDY: For right now, no.
But this was posted in a forum Jan
"Nope, Samurai Jack
is not dead. Genndy is busy writing, but things in the world of feature films
take ten times longer than you'd think. Thanks for the interest. -- Eric Homan
thanks to Swordsister for the new screencaps for Episodes 1 and 2. Stay tuned
for more screencaps to be added in the future!
The folks behind Frederator
are stepping up to produce feature length animated movies. On their first development
slate are a number of interesting projects - not least a Samurai Jack feature
film. Of course, Genndy Tartakovsky is attached to write and direct.
Early info from Warner Brothers' upcoming
formal announcement about the August 28th release of Samurai Jack -
Season 4: the 2-DVD set will have the final 13 episodes, plus extras that
include a creator commentary. Cost is $29.98 SRP, and online retailers like Amazon
ought to start taking pre-orders for it by the end of next week. Check back after
then with a pre-sale link to Amazon. (thanks Eric & tvshowsondvd.com)
In only five years,
the tales of "Samurai Jack" have revolutionized action cartoons, captured the
eye of Hollywood, launched a few careers and subsequently been largely forgotten.
According to series creator and god of geekdom Genndy Tartakovsky, the proposed
live-action movie starring the time-traveling samurai has indeed stalled. "It
kind of got lost in Hollywood a little bit," the writer/director/animator sighed.
"I have a very strong idea for 'Jack,' and I want to stay faithful to it. In Hollywood,
the first thing people want to do is change things, and so the best thing happened
to it — it died." Instead, the proudly stubborn Tartakovsky is excitedly planning
to oversee the faithful version he's always insisted upon while putting the Japanese
warrior back into his ink-and-pencil trappings. "Jack will come back," he promised,
"we will finish the story, and there will be an animated film." With Tartakovsky
hard at work on a "Dark Crystal" sequel, he added that any success with that film
might someday yield the live-action "Jack" he'd still like to see made. "If I
make a hit movie, I can pretty much do then almost just what I want," he grinned.
"If Bryan Singer wanted to do 'Samurai Jack,' they would say, 'Sure! Do "Samurai
Jack." ' ... I did television, now I have got to do film, and then after that
who knows?" Tartakovsky further added that the recent conclusion of his "Clone
Wars" cartoon also marked the end of his collaboration with George Lucas, and
that he'd have nothing to do with the "Star Wars" TV projects in development.
"No," he commented. "I am all done." (thanks Kerry)
July 17th, a new broadband service called Toonami
Jetstream will provide on-demand, full-length streaming episodes of a number
of hit anime and action series, including acclaimed hit series Naruto and Samurai
be released on DVD May 23, 2006. More info here.
SAMURAI JACK SEASON 3 HERE! OR PRE-ORDER
SAMURAI JACK SEASONS 1-3 HERE!
all the rage! Check out Penny's...
sure to check out the cool SJ online GAME
Thanks to Garret from Warner Bros for the info and
stills. Be sure to visit the official SJ2
DVD site. Clips will be forthcoming. Stay tuned!
Download the PRESS
Thanks to Tony A. for sharing his SJ-inspired tattoo. Click on the thumbnail for
a larger view.
Be sure to check out the latest from Atom Films called
"Ninjai: The Little Ninja". It has been said it's like Samurai Jack
done in watercolors. And bloodier.
UPDATE: Season 2 will be released May 24th in a 2-DVD set
with episodes including: (14) Jack Learns to Jump (15) Jack vs the Worm, The Metal-Eaters,
& The Fairy (16) Jack and the Smackback (17) Jack and the Scotsman II (18) Jack
and the Ultra-Robots (19) Jack Remembers the Past (20) Jack and the Monks (21)
Jack and the Dragon (22) Jack vs the Five Hunters (23) Jack vs Demango (24) Jack
Is Naked (25) Jack and the Spartans (26) Jack's Shoes
for the second season of Samurai Jack to come out on DVD in the Spring of 2005,
along with episodes of Ed, Edd, N Eddy. The Venture Bros. are looking to hit DVD
that Fall, along with plenty of other shows throughout 2005. This includes the
third season of Samurai Jack, which will be released that winter."
Animation HQ Forums)
Los Angeles Times animation critic Charles Solomon delivers
an appreciation of the Cartoon Network show Samurai Jack.
The Cartoon Network's "Samurai Jack" has cut down the
"The Simpsons," winning this year's Emmy for best animated show. It was the first
time "Jack" took the animation prize — unseating "The Simpsons," which had dominated
the category, winning eight times since 1990. "Samurai Jack" was created by animation
impresario Genndy Tartakovsky and tells the story of an ancient Japanese warrior
who is banished into the future by his arch enemy, a demon named Aku. Tartakovsky
snagged a second Emmy for best animated show (over an hour) for Cartoon's micro-series
"Clone Wars." The toon tells the goings on in the "Star Wars" universe between
the last film, "Attack of the Clones" and the one opening next year, "Revenge
of the Sith." (NY Post.com)
Macrospace.com has a SJ
GAME for your phone. I believe its only for the UK but you can play a demo
According to THIS
FORUM, the final episodes of Samurai Jack will finally air Sept. 25, 2004.
*thanks to the poster in the Guestbook
Gallery are now offering several handpainted one of kind backgrounds from
SJ. They are 11"x14" and will retail for $495, free shipping included
for the US for this week (May 23) only. Here are just a few:
From the Toon Zone forums:
here's what we know so far. From the beginning, Cartoon Network committed to buying
fifty-two episodes of Jack. In America, forty-eight have aired; the forty-ninth
has been seen ... in the UK. The show is apparently still airing in the UK on
the Toonami Channel. So, while the final four episodes have been paid for, and
probably completed, it is unknown if they will ever be shown on TV. They may be
shown in the UK, and theoretically the show could stick around on YTV in Canada,
but neither of these are assured.
know I'm not alone in being distraught that Cartoon Network could not find it
in their hearts to at least finish off the series. I mean, it's just four episodes!
That, and I kind of have a hard time believing something like A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
(airs weekdays at 10:30 AM) or Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan (weekends at 6:30
AM) couldn't be pre-empted for four episodes without the ratings bottoming out;
it would certainly make a lot of Jack fans rather happy..."
Q: "Can you tell me if the game will
be released in the UK, or is this an American only deal? If it is to be released
in the UK, any idea when?"
A: "The game will be released
in the UK as well as Italy, France, Germany and Spain. I'm not sure what the release
date is yet of the localized versions. We didn't do new voices though, just subtitles.
Although the thought of Jack speaking Spanish did intrigue me :P"
GOT A SJ GAME QUESTION?
Game producer, Alex Pantelias is offering to answer
your SJ game question! The game is currently available on PS2,
Send your question HERE
and we'll post both question and answers. Check out the screencaps
The first 13 episodes are available in a "Season One" box set.
(All releases in Region 1 (US/Canada only)
Popular cartoon Samurai Jack is about to return to the console-fold.
After appearing in a GameBoy Advance title, Nintendo has confirmed that the Cartoon
Network star is now set to hit the GameCube at an unspecified time in the future,
being published by BAM! Entertainment. No details are currently known about the
intricacies of the title, but stick with C3 for when more information arises...(from
Limited edition giclee of artwork featured on page 49 of the
"Samurai Jack Special" comic book. 500 edition size 11.75" x 18" $59.99 unframed.
$109.99 framed and shipped. More
info at Goldenlands
Goldenlands Gallery has
two new maquettes for sale. Jack in Training $125 2500 Edition size Jack versus
BeetleBot $90 2500 Edition size. Purchase Both Maquettes get FREE SHIPPING!!!
Total for Both Maquettes $215.
Gallery has received more great Samurai Jack handpainted cels (including original
pencil drawings). Check out their site or go here
for a peek of their artwork.
Cuppa Coffee Animation released this new promo they did
for SJ. Click
here for the :60 promo spot which will be on the Cartoon Network (Quicktime
The veteran animation studio created a :60 promo combining
eerie imagery with a predominantly red color palette and an ominous soundtrack.
The creation of "ShapeShifter" was an opportunity for Cuppa Coffee to do something
a little more edgy and frightening than usual for the Cartoon Network airwaves.
Thanks to Sean for sending in a pic of his Halloween pumpkin.
Contact Goldenlands Gallery if you're
interested in this great limited edition Samurai Jack cel!
Gallery are having a Samurai Jack showing of original handpainted cels. They
will also showcase original pencil drawings and much more. Check out their site
for more info! UPDATE: Added original pencil drawings!
Get the first Samurai Jack comic book available July 31, 2002 featuring
the origin story and the first great adventure! This 64 page comic will be priced