Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Cera and Mel Brooks will provide the voices for animated family comedy “Blazing Samurai,” from Mass Animation, China’s Huayi Brothers Media, Flying Tigers Entertainment, and GFM Films.
The film is directed by Chris Bailey (“Alvin And The Chipmunks”) and Mark Koetsier (“Kung Fu Panda,” “How To Train Your Dragon”) from a screenplay by Ed Stone and Nate Hopper.
Inspired by Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles,” the story involves a scrappy dreamer of a dog who longs to become a true samurai and who fights to save the town of Kakamucho from becoming the litter box of a nefarious feline warlord.
Other cast includes George Takei, Gabriel Iglesias, Aasif Mandvi, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh, Sandra Tsing Loh, Mel B., and newcomer Heavenly Joy Jerkins.
The film is being produced by “Stuart Little” and “The Lion King” director, Rob Minkoff along with president and founder of Mass Animation Yair Landau (“Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs”) and producer Susan Purcell. Executive producers include Brooks, Reginald Hudlin (“Django Unchained”) and Pietro Ventani.
Open Road Films acquired U.S. distribution rights for the film earlier this year. GFM Films is handling international sales and will be hosting a presentation involving Minkoff on the first day of AFM (Nov. 4).
“We’ve assembled some extraordinarily strong comedic talent for the cast of this fresh, fun and irreverent animated family film,” said Minkoff, who described it as having “East meets West style.”