Jackson drawn to 'Afrosamurai' adaptation

NEW YORK — Samuel L. Jackson is attached to topline and co-produce a live-action feature to be adapted from the Japanese comic franchise “Afrosamurai,” created by Takashi Okazaki.

Pic is a joint production of Japanese animation studio GDH K.K. Gonzo, Fuji TV and Mosaic Media in Los Angeles. Jackson is already signed to lend his voice to an “Afrosamurai” TV comicstrip set to bow on Spike TV next year.

“Afrosamurai” is the story of a warrior in feudal Japan who roams the country trying to avenge the death of his father, whom he saw murdered. His nemesis is a three-armed gunman.

Production of the pic is set to begin in 2006, with a U.S. release targeted for 2007.

The television strip, from Gonzo and Fuji TV, will bow in Japan after airing on Spike. Mosaic Media’s Charles Roven and Alex Gartner are producing the feature film, along with GDH K.K. prexy Shinichiro Ishikawa and Fuji TV motion picture department topper Chihiro Kameyama .

The Firm’s Eli Shelden and Julie Yorn exec produce. Mosaic’s Gloria Fan is the creative exec on the project.

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