"According to longtime media executive Fred Seibert, former head of Hanna-Barbera and current head of Frederator films, Genndy Tartakovsky’s popular animated show, Samurai Jack, is headed to the big screen with J.J. Abrams as a co-producer. The film, which is budgeted at $20 million, will combine traditional 2D animation with stereoscopic 3D. It is being produced by Fredarator Films and Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot Productions.
Samurai Jack was a four-time Emmy award winning animated series that ran on Cartoon Network from 2001 to 2004. Created by Genndy Tartakovsky, who was also the [developer] behind Dexter’s Laboratory and Star Wars: Clone Wars, Samurai Jack revolved around.... a noble warrior who is cast into the future by the evil Aku, 'the shape-shifting Master of Darkness'. Each episode involved Jack’s attempts to return to the past to defeat Aku once and for all."
Okay, this has been around since November of last year but I just NOW got around to hearing it. This is extraordinary news!! I loved "Samurai Jack" and always felt that the audience who left "Samurai Jack" went to "Avatar: The Last Airbender". Both are similar in action (though "Avatar" is more light-hearted) and both feature Mako (in "Jack", he is the villainous Aku; in "Avatar", he is the kind-hearted Iroh, uncle to the antagonist Zuko). The only bad thing is, Mako won't be a part of the film having passed away in 2006 (his final film was TMNT).