Ex-Sony Animation czar Yair Landau (“Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs“), who is now President and Founder of Mass Animation, is serving up another animated action-adventure throwback with help from “The Lion King” director Rob Minkoff and “Blazing Saddles” creator Mel Brooks.
Minkoff is producing “Blazing Samurai” and assisting co-directors Chris Bailey (“Alvin And The Chipmunks”) and Mark Koetsier (“Kung Fu Panda,” “How To Train Your Dragon”) as they navigate a screenplay by Ed Stone and Nate Hopper. “Samurai” borrows heavily from Brooks’ seminal fish-out-of-water western, but instead of a wisecracking African American sheriff, the film’s new protagonist will take the shape of a dog named Hank (voiced by Michael Cera), who dreams of becoming a samurai warrior.
“We’ve assembled some extraordinarily strong comedic talent for the cast of this fresh, fun and irreverent animated family film,” said Minkoff. “From the artistic ambition to the East meets West style of story-telling, everyone involved in creating ‘Blazing Samurai’ is having a blast.”
“Blazing Samurai” will be released by Open Road Films stateside on August 4, 2017.