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Open Road Films Acquires Animated Saga ‘Blazing Samurai’

Open Road Films Acquires Animated Saga 'Blazing Samurai'

Open Road Films has recently acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the animated family film “Blazing Samurai.” The film is described as being “loosely based” on the 1974 Mel Brooks film “Blazing Saddles,” which was, in turn, a spoof of ’50s/’60s cowboy movies.

The official synopsis reads: “An action-packed comedy about a scrappy young dog named Hank who fights to save the town of Kakamucho from becoming the litter box of a nefarious feline warlord, transforming society and himself on his quest to become a true samurai.” 

Open Road Films recently distributed “Nightcrawler,” starring Jake Gyllanhaal, and the company’s upcoming features include Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden biopic and Barry Levinson’s “Rock The Kasbah.” “Blazing Samurai” is directed by Chris Bailey (“Alvin and the Chipmunks”) and Mark Koetsier (“Kung Fu Panda,” “How To Train Your Dragon”) from a screenplay by Ed Stone and Nate Hopper and produced by Rob Minkoff (director of “The Lion King,” “Stuart Little”, Yair Landau (“Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs”) and Susan Purcell.

Open Road plans to release the film April 14, 2017, which is in two and a half years in case you need to plan a wedding, have two children or almost finish med school before then.

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