Black Samurai Adaptation on Netflix will be Directed by Chad Stahelski

by Hailey Greg
Black Samurai Adaptation on Netflix will be Directed by Chad Stahelski

Deadline originally reported that Netflix has hired Chad Stahelski to direct and Leigh Dana Jackson to write an adaptation of the Black Samurai books.

Stahelski will work alongside Jason Spitz, Alex Young, John Schoenfelder, and Russell Ackerman in the production department. Cinematic Studios’ Liza Fleissig and Andre Gaines are joined by a new executive producer, Diane Crafford.

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Stahelski has directed all of the films in the John Wick series and is most recognized for his work as a stuntman. As of this writing, he is hard at work on John Wick 4, which is set for release sometime in 2019.

In addition to directing the forthcoming assassin thriller Shibumi for Warner Bros, he is also producing the spin-off series The Continental.

He is most known for standing in for Brandon Lee when Lee was tragically killed during the filming of The Crow in 1994.

Jackson is the showrunner and writer for Apple TV+’s Foundation, and he is also working on an adaptation of Michael Moorcock’s The Eternal Champion alongside David Goyer.

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In addition to adapting Stephen King’s novella Throttle for HBO Max, he is also creating the Image Comics comic Bitter Root with Chad Hanley.

As a writer and producer, Jackson has worked on shows including Raising Dion on Netflix and The Spook Who Stood By The Door on FX.

Author Marc Olden, who passed away before completing the series, wrote a series of pulp thriller books titled The Black Samurai. Robert Sand, an American soldier stationed in Japan, travels to the land of the rising sun to study the techniques of the samurai and the ways of the Budokai. There are a total of eight books in the series.

Robert spends years training in martial arts, swordsmanship, and stealth to counteract evil. In addition to becoming one of sensei Konuma’s most formidable combatants, he also makes history by being the first African-American to take the samurai oath.

The first story centres on a retribution quest; subsequent novels are imaginative world travels with black market warheads, pimps, power-mad billionaires, voodoo priests, solid gold katana, and plenty of victims.

The Black Samurai adaptation now in production at Netflix does not yet have a release date.

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