Common & RZA Attached To 'Black Samurai' TV Series For Starz
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(AllHipHop News) Hip Hop artists/actors Rashid "Common" Lynn and Robert "RZA" Diggs are partnering with veteran entertainment insider Jerry Bruckheimer for a new Starz drama.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the trio is developing Marc Olden's book series Black Samurai into a scripted program for the cable network.
Common, RZA, and Bruckheimer are set to serve as executive producers with Com also starring as Army Ranger-turned-samurai Robert Sand. Music by the Chicago emcee and Wu-Tang Clan will be used for the show as well.
"I'm beyond excited about Black Samurai. This is a unique and special project that offers something rarely seen in art and culture today,” said Common. “It's an honor to play the character of Robert Sand and to have my production company Freedom Road Productions partnering with Jerry Bruckheimer Productions, RZA and Starz to deliver something fresh and new to people."
RZA stated, "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."
Black Samurai was originally made into a 1977 Jim Kelly-led movie directed by Al Adamson. The forthcoming television version joins a Starz TV line-up which includes of Power, Survivor's Remorse, and American Gods.