The show is being developed by Andre Gaines, who has the rights to the original Marc Olden series, and it’s developed under Cinematic Studios. Black Samurai is being shopped to various networks A director and writer have yet to be named.
In the series, Sand is a black man trained by a Japanese samurai master who goes on a mission of vengeance, hell-bent on killing the terrorists and evil powers that have killed his loved ones. The project was first adapted from it’s source material in a 1977 blaxploitation film that starred the late Jim Kelly.
Gaines talked to Variety about RZA’s role in helping to bring the project to light and add a bit of validity to the series.
“There is a long tradition and storied relationship between hip-hop and martial arts,” Gaines said. “Having RZA and the Wu-Tang [Clan] brand on board to executive produce will validate the series even more and mobilize the fans.”
RZA’s fascination with martial arts and pop culture have been well-established–beyond his famous rap group. He co-produced the soundtrack of the 1999 cult film Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. He also scored Quentin Tarantino’s acclaimed Kill Bill films. In 2012, the Wu-Tang Clan impresario made his feature film directorial debut with The Man With the Iron Fists and three years later co-wrote the 2015 sequel.
RZA and Common both previously appeared together in 2008s American Gangster.