Stan Sakai, Netflix Teaming for Animated Usagi Yojimbo Kids Series

Netflix and Usagi Yojimbo creator, writer, and illustrator Stan Sakai are teaming up to bring the long-running comic book series to life with Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles. The series hails from Sakai, who is set to executive produce the series along with Gaumont, Dark Horse Entertainment, and Atomic Monster, with Candie and Doug Langdale attached as showrunners and executive producers. "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," said Sakai in a statement. "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."

Usagi Yojimbo (Image: Stan Sakai)
Usagi Yojimbo (Image: Stan Sakai)

Based on the series that originally began in 1984, the CGI-animated takes place in the far future, set in a world that mixes modern high-tech images with classic Japanese references. It follows the teenage Rabbit Samurai Yuichi, descendent of the great warrior Miyamoto Usagi, on his epic quest to become a true samurai. But he isn't alone! He leads a ragtag team of misfit heroes – including a roguish bounty hunter, a cunning ninja, an acrobatic pickpocket and a faithful pet lizard – as he battles depth-charging moles, metal-tipped winged bats, and monsters from another dimension, all in the pursuit to become the best samurai Usagi.

Stan Sakai, Netflix Teaming for Animated Usagi Yojimbo Kids Series
Stan Sakai (Image: Netflix)

Gaumont's Nicolas Atlan, Terry Kalagian, Sidonie Dumas, and Christophe Riandee also serve as executive producers along with Dark Horse's Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg, and Chris Tongue and Atomic Monster's James Wan, Michael Clear, and Rob Hackett. Mumbai-based 88 Pictures (Trollhunters, 3Below: Tales of Arcadia, Fast & Furious Spy Racers) has been named as the CGI animation studio.

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