or


[08/22/17 - 10:00 AM]
Starz Developing a Series Under the Working Title "Black Samurai" with Jerry Bruckheimer Television, RZA's Wu Films, Starring Academy Award(R) Winner Common
The series will follow the character of Robert Sand (Common), a highly-trained American Army Ranger whose life is transformed when he meets a legendary Japanese master who invites him to train as a samurai.

[via press release from Starz]

STARZ DEVELOPING A SERIES UNDER THE WORKING TITLE "BLACK SAMURAI" WITH JERRY BRUCKHEIMER TELEVISION, RZA'S WU FILMS, STARRING ACADEMY AWARD(R) WINNER COMMON

Beverly Hills, Calif. - August 22, 2017 - Starz announced today it is developing the action-drama series under the working title "Black Samurai" with Jerry Bruckheimer Television starring Academy Award(R) winner Common (John Wick 2, Suicide Squad, Selma), who will also executive produce under his Freedom Road Productions banner. Wu-Tang Clan's RZA (Kill Bill 1 & 2, American Gangster, "Gang Related") and Mitchell Diggs will also executive produce for Wu Films.

Based on the Black Samurai novels written by Marc Olden, the series will follow the character of Robert Sand (Common), a highly-trained American Army Ranger whose life is transformed when he meets a legendary Japanese master who invites him to train as a samurai. After his beloved sensei and samurai brothers are killed by mercenaries, Sand is thrust on a worldwide journey of both revenge and self-discovery.

The series will be updated from the original novels and 1977 film. It will be a mash-up of the spy and martial arts genres and infused with the heart, soul and music of Common and the Wu-Tang Clan, creating a modern-day international action star.

"We cannot wait for the world to meet Robert Sand - part Jason Bourne, part James Bond, and 100% the hero we need today. 'Black Samurai' promises to be an action-packed ride and with the Bruckheimer team, Common, RZA and Andre at the helm, we can feel certain this will be exceptional storytelling," said Carmi Zlotnik, president of programming for Starz.

"We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Starz, Common, RZA and Andre Gaines on 'Black Samurai,'" said Bruckheimer. "This incredible creative team will combine all of their talents and experience to bring the classic book series to brand new life with cutting edge artistry, music and imagery."

"I'm beyond excited about 'Black Samurai.' This is a unique and special project that offers something rarely seen in art and culture today," said Common. "It's an honor to play the character of Robert Sand and to have my production company, Freedom Road Productions partnering with Jerry Bruckheimer Productions, RZA and Starz to deliver something fresh and new to people. I can't wait to dig into this character and the martial arts worlds of gun-fu, kung-fu, jujitsu and more. Look out world, 'Black Samurai' is coming!"

RZA added, "I've been a fan of the Robert Sand character since I was a kid, 'Black Samurai' being one of the films that got me into the martial art genre. A chance to combine with Jerry Bruckheimer, Common and Andre Gaines to reintroduce this character to a new generation makes myself and my partner Mitchell Diggs at Wu Films super stoked. With the Wibbs leading the writing team and Starz as our outlet, I'm certain the series will find its fan base."

Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise, "The Amazing Race," "CSI" television series franchise, Black Hawk Down, National Treasure, Top Gun) will executive produce alongside Jonathan Littman ("The Amazing Race," "Lucifer," "CSI"); KristieAnne Reed ("Lucifer"); Freedom Road's Derek Dudley (The Chi, Meet the Blacks, America Divided, Two Trains Runnin') and Shelby Stone (The Chi, Lackawanna Blues, Bessie, "Single Ladies"); Diane Crafford; and Andre Gaines of Cinemation (Brazilian Western, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, Bill Nye: Science Guy). James Oh of Jerry Bruckheimer Television will produce.

Showrunners Cormac and Marianne Wibberley (National Treasure, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Bad Boys II,) are also writing the pilot script.

Vice President of Original Programming Patrick McDonald is the Starz executive in charge of "Black Samurai." Starz retains all global distribution and home entertainment rights to the series.

Bruckheimer, Common, Littman and Wu Films are repped by CAA. Gaines is repped by Ethan Cohan, Todd Weinstein and Gordon Bobb at Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein and Lezcano. The Wibberleys are repped at UTA.

About Starz

Starz (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), is a leading global media and entertainment company that provides premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television networks and produces and distributes content for worldwide audiences, including its investment in the STARZ PLAY Arabia OTT service. Starz is home to the flagship STARZ(R) brand and STARZ ENCORE channels and provides high-quality, entertaining premium subscription video programming with 17 premium pay TV channels and associated on-demand and online services, including the STARZ app. Sold through U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other online and digital platforms, Starz offers subscribers more than 5,000 distinct premium television episodes and feature films every year and up to 1,500 every month, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies and other popular movie and television programming.





  [august 2017]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· BLACK SAMURAI (STARZ)





[10/24/20 - 08:32 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Rides World Series to Victory
Game 3 takes home top honors in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[10/23/20 - 12:14 PM]
YouTube Originals Continues the Story with "Justin Bieber: Next Chapter" Premiering October 30
The 30-minute special premieres Friday, October 30th at 12pm ET / 9am PT on Justin Bieber's Official YouTube Channel.

[10/23/20 - 11:29 AM]
HBO Sports to Present Michael Strahan-Executive Produced Documentary Series "The Cost of Winning"
The first two episodes debut Tuesday, November 10 beginning at 9:00/8:00c, with episodes three and four airing the following evening at the same time.

[10/23/20 - 11:06 AM]
The Dakota Boys Battle It Out Against Mother Nature in Brand-New Season of "Gold Rush: White Water" Premiering November 13 on Discovery Channel
Plus: viewers can get the inside scoop from all the miners and dig deep into the best behind-the-scenes moments during the popular "Gold Rush" after show, "The Dirt" premiering at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/23/20 - 10:11 AM]
Video: Shudder Releases Trailer, Key Art and Images for "A Creepshow Animated Special" Premiering Thursday, October 29
The special features two stories directed by Creepshow showrunner Greg Nicotero, with animation by Octopie animation studio.

[10/23/20 - 10:00 AM]
Nickelodeon's "The Substitute" Returns With All-New Surprises for Season Two of the Hit Prank Series, Premiering Halloween, Oct. 31, at 9 P.M. (ET/PT)
Joining the series as host is Mexican social media sensation Juanpa Zurita, who will help undercover celebrities pull off a day of ridiculous mayhem as the substitutes for unsuspecting kids.

[10/23/20 - 09:32 AM]
Today YouTube Originals Premieres New Election Special for Families, "Kid Correspondent"
Part 1 and 2 are free-to-stream today and part 3 and 4 will premiere on Monday, October 26 at 9:00AM PT / 12:00PM ET on the SoulPancake channel.

[10/23/20 - 09:17 AM]
Oxygen Presents the Tragic Case of Emilie Morris in the Two-Hour Special "The Case Died with Her" Premiering Sunday, December 6 at 7PM ET/PT
In this harrowing special, legal commentator and former prosecutor Loni Coombs dives into the shocking case of Emilie Morris.

[10/23/20 - 09:07 AM]
Video: Showtime(R) Releases First Look at Tekashi 6ix9ine Docu-Series "Supervillain"
The three-part docu-series is set to premiere early 2021.

[10/23/20 - 08:42 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: NFL Puts FOX on Top in Demos
Presidential debate coverage on ABC and NBC however leads the night in total viewers.

[10/23/20 - 08:33 AM]
Free Streaming Network Crackle Announces New Originals and Exclusives, Movies, and Series for November
Newcomers include documentary series "Heroes of Lucha Libre" and "Breaking Beauty" plus the feature "Blood and Money."

[10/23/20 - 08:01 AM]
Video: "Dash & Lily" - Official Trailer - Netflix
Opposites attract at Christmas as cynical Dash and sunny Lily trade messages and dares in a red notebook they pass back and forth around New York City.

[10/23/20 - 07:21 AM]
HGTV Series "Help! I Wrecked My House" Delivers Double-Digit Ratings Gains in Debut Season
HGTV further spins the numbers for the season to date.

[10/23/20 - 06:01 AM]
Hallmark Channel Partners with Grammy(R)-Award Winning Global Icon, Gwen Stefani and Grammy(R)-Award Winning Recording Artist Ryan Tedder, on All-New Original Song, "Here This Christmas"
The single, written and produced by Tedder and Grammy nominated songwriter, producer and musician, Brent Kutzle, and recorded by Stefani, will be released today.

[10/22/20 - 11:39 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, October 22
Updates include: Apple reveals cast of "Pachinko" adaptation; Rosario Dawson signs onto Hulu's "Dopesick"; and Tim Burton to shepherd proposed "The Addams Family" TV series.