Actor/producer Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, XXX: State of the Union) will voice and produce Afro Samurai, an animated show set to premiere on MTV Networks cable outlet Spike TV in 2006. The five-episode series will be produced by Japanese anime studio Gonzo and Fuji Television, Japan’s largest TV network.
Afro Samurai is the tale of a black samurai on a mission to avenge the wrongful death of his father in a futuristic, yet feudal Japan. Jackson stars as Afro, a warrior who travels a solitary path, encountering a myriad of enemies, friends and challenges, all to a hip-hop soundtrack.
The concept for Afro Samurai was created by graphic designer, illustrator and artist Takashi “Bob” Okazaki, who has worked on the illustration versions of Spiderman for Sony and Blade: Trinity for New Line Cinema. The series is a creative collaboration between Jackson, Okazaki and Gonzo, a division of GDH.
Afro Samurai is apparently part of Spike TV’s second attempt at building an adult animation block after the demise of Gary the Rat and Stan Lee’s Stripperella. The network has also acquired the animated comedy Howard Stern: The High School Years, which is now in production.