Jackson Digs Afrosamurai Feature

Daily Variety reports that actor Samuel L. Jackson will star in and co-produce a live-action feature based on Afrosamurai, a Manga property created by Takashi Okazaki. The joint venture between Japanese animation studio GDH K.K. Gonzo, Fuji TV and Los Angeles-based Mosaic Media will expand on the world of the comics and an upcoming animated series, which Jackson will voice and produce for Spike TV’s 2006 schedule.

Afrosamurai is the tale of a black warrior on a mission to avenge the wrongful death of his father in a futuristic, yet feudal Japan. Jackson will stars as Afro, who travels a solitary path, encountering a myriad of friends and enemies, including a three-armed gunman. The film adaptation is expected to go before the lens next year with U.S. slated for 2007.

Creator Okazaki is a graphic designer, illustrator and artist who has worked on the illustration versions of Spiderman for Sony and Blade: Trinity for New Line Cinema. The Afrosamurai feature will be produced by Mosaic Media’s Charles Roven and Alex Gartner, along with GDH K.K. president prexypresidentShinichiro Ishikawa and Fuji TV motion picture departmenttopperheadhead head Chihiro Kameyama .