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Tarsem Singh's newest film 'Immortals' just hit theaters today. Despite the fact that this is his first film in five years, Singh is by no means planning on slowing down. He is in post-production on his next film 'Mirror, Mirror,' his take on the Snow White story, and is also expressing interest in adapting a popular cartoon series. During the 'Immortals' premiere, Singh revealed that he is very interested in creating a live-action version of Genndy Tartakovsky's 'Samurai Jack.' The series, which follows a samurai from feudal Japan thrust into the future by a demon and forced to find a way to return to his own time. Singh admitted that while he's not a big fan of what he calls "comic strip films," he loves the pacing and the animation of 'Samurai Jack.' He's gone so far as to publicly request that Cartoon Network execs give him a call.
I must admit I am no expert on 'Samurai Jack.' I've only seen two or three episodes, but like Tarsem, I also appreciate the visual style of the show. Given that Singh himself has become renowned for his own unique visual signature, this is an interesting potential collaboration. My only concern would be capturing that style in the transfer from animated series to live-action feature film. Of course, this is all simply fodder for discussion right now as no official deal exists. Apparently there was once a plan to bring Jack to the big screen under the direction of current Hollywood pariah Brett Ratner back in the early 2000s, but that project fell through and the rights are now again with Cartoon Network.
Fans of 'Samurai Jack,' I call upon you! Would you like to see a live-action film?