Back in December, Adult Swim announced that Samurai Jack, the network's beloved animated series, is coming back for Season 5. While we still don't know when exactly the show will premiere,it is expected to debut at some point during the 2016-2017 TV season. To get fans ready for Jack's first new episodes in 12 years, the network has released a special preview with series creator Genndy Tartakovsky.
Creator and executive producer Genndy Tartakovsky continues the epic story of Samurai Jack with a new season that will premiere on Adult Swim's Toonami block soon. The new season is currently in production in Los Angeles at Cartoon Network Studios. The network released the first trailer for the return of Samurai Jack, along with a new poster, way back in December. Here's what Genndy Tartakovsky had to say about the new season in this YouTube video, which gives us a peek at a few exciting developments that we can expect.
"When we start, we're definitely a few years later [than the season 4 finale]. You don't have to watch episode 52 to start this season. So, what's changed in Jack's world is a lot. There's a lot of drama that's happened."
Samurai Jack originally aired for four seasons on Cartoon Network, with a 52-episode run that aired between 2001 and 2004. The series is set in a distant land, following a great warrior displaced to the distant future by the evil shape-shifting wizard Aku. The world has become a bleak place under the rule of Aku, segregated into fantastic tribes and ruled by Aku's evil robot warlords. Jack travels this foreign landscape in search of a time portal that can return him to his home time so he can "undo the future that is Aku!"
The original series featured Phil LaMarr voicing the title character, with Mako voicing the villainous Aku. Other voice cast members include Kevin Michael Richardson, Jeff Bennett, Tom Kenny, Grey Griffin, Jennifer Hale, Daran Norris, John Di Maggio and Sab Shimono. While a full voice cast has not been confirmed at this time for the revival, Phil LaMarr is returning, as we see in this sneak peek.
Series creator Genndy Tartakovsky revealed way back in 2012 that Sony Pictures Animation was considering making an animated movie adaptation of Samurai Jack, but we haven't heard anything about that project since then. The filmmaker recently directed the studio's Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2, and it was just revealed this past month that he'll return for Hotel Transylvania 3. Genndy Tartakovsky also created beloved animated shows such as Dexter's Laboratory and Sym-Bionic Titan. Take a look at this new video and stay tuned for more on Samurai Jack.