We are so pleased to report that Netflix has announced plans to bring a Usagi Yojimbo universe animated series to their streaming service!
James Wan is set to produce “Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles,” and so far we know the series will center on descendent of great warrior Usagi Yojimbo, teenage Rabbit Samurai Yuichi, on his quest to become a true samurai. Leading a ragtag team of misfit heroes (including a roguish bounty hunter, a cunning ninja, an acrobatic pickpocket and a faithful pet lizard), Yuichi will battle depth-charging moles, metal-tipped winged bats, and monsters from another dimension, all in the pursuit to become the best samurai Usagi.
Gaumont Film Company is teaming with Netflix on this 88 Pictures CGI-animated series, taking it’s cues from Stan Sakai‘s Usagi Yojimbo comics. Sakai will executive produce the series as well. He said:
“It is a pleasure working with Gaumont and Netflix. I am involved in each step of the production and am enthusiastic with the direction we are going into. It is wonderful to expand the Usagi universe by collaborating with so many talented people. I am working with an awesome team and I’m looking forward to finally seeing an Usagi series on the screen! I thank my wonderful fans, friends and family for their support and encouragement over the last 35+ years.”
President of Gaumont (in the USA) Nicolas Atlan said of the news:
“All of us at Gaumont were honored when Stan trusted us to develop his iconic property into an animated series. This is a first for Usagi Yojimbo. We are thrilled to have Netflix on board as our creative partner so we can together, with the combined artistic talent of Stan Sakai, Dark Horse Entertainment and Atomic Monster take this iconic brand to the next level.”
We will let you know what else we hear about this awesome news!