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‘Black Samurai’ Starring Common

Common is set to executive produce and star in Starz’s forthcoming action-drama, “Black Samurai.”

The series hails from Jerry Bruckheimer Television, RZA’s Wu Films and Common’s Freedom Road Productions.

Here’s the scoop via Deadline:

Based on the Black Samurai novels written by Marc Olden, the series is written by Cormac and Marianne Wibberley (National Treasure, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Bad Boys II) who are penning the pilot script and will serve as showrunners.

Black Samurai 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, which starred Jim Kelly as Sand. Per the producers, “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.”

Black Samurai is currently in the works at Starz, a Lionsgate company, where development is geared to straight-to-series orders.

“We cannot wait for the world to meet Robert Sand – part Jason Bourne, part James Bond, and 100% the hero we need today,”s aid Carmi Zlotnik, president of programming for Starz. “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.”

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