Namco Wins Rights To 'Afro Samuri'

Global video games

publisher Namco Hometek Inc. has announced that leading Japanese animation studio

GDH K.K. has granted them exclusive rights to "Afro Samurai," a graphic

manga created by Takashi Okazaki.

The game will revolve around lead character Afro, who witnesses

his father's murder and hence devotes himself to avenging his death.

"Afro Samurai is a visually striking and rich story,"

said Jeff Lujan, Business Director at Namco Hometek Inc. "With its gritty

and unique mix of Hip-Hop and samurai styling, 'Afro Samurai' is perfectly suited

for video games."

Currently, "Afro" is in pre-production with GDH group

company Gonzo and the Fuji Television Network as an animated mini-series which

Academy Award Nominee Samuel L. Jackson will serve as both co-producer and lead

voice actor.

"Afro" also has plans of being adapted into a live-action

film with Jackson starring and co-producing.

With Namco's history of producing quality games, look for "Afro"

to make a splash when it hits stores.

"Namco is

uniquely qualified to publish games based on 'Afro Samurai,'" said Eric

Calderon, Vice President of Creative Affairs at GDH. "Gonzo is just ecstatic

to work with a company that is so passionate about the vision of the franchise

and who has produced so many outstanding, award-winning games. I can't wait

to play it!"