Common’s Black Samurai TV series will be appearing on Starz.
Last year came news that Black Samurai, a television series based on the book of the same name, found its lead star in rapper Common. Now, that series has found its home with Starz.
The cable satellite TV network announced today that it would be showing the forthcoming series.
“We cannot wait for the world to meet Robert Sand – part Jason Bourne, part James Bond, and 100% the hero we need today,” Carmi Zlotnik, president of programming for Starz, said. 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.”
Based on Marc Olden‘s 1974 book series (which inspired the 1977 film of the same name), the forthcoming TV adaptation follows the story of Robert Sand (Common) who is rescued by a Japanese samurai master and trained for several years. However, upon witnessing his teacher and fellow samurai killed by terrorists, Sand seeks vengeance against the people that killed his friends.
“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,” RZA said. “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.”