Samurai Jack was a benchmark for American animation when it premiered on Cartoon Network back in 2001. Now, Adult Swim has announced that the series will be returning to the airwaves sometime in 2016 (after one hell of a cliffhanger ending).
“Adult Swim is excited to announce that JACK IS BACK. Creator and executive producer Genndy Tartakovsky continues the epic story of Samurai Jack with a new season of episodes that will premiere on Adult Swim’s Toonami block in 2016,” Toonami reported in a press release on their Tumblr.
The series followed a samurai warrior nicknamed “Jack” who was sent into the future by the mystical demon Aku in an attempt to stall his prophetic death. Ever since the show’s cancellation in 2004, plans have been in motion to bring the IP back to life through a movie, but those stalled when creator/executive producer Genndy Tartakovsky moved on to direct the Hotel Transylvania movies. We wonder if the series will follow the storyline being told in the comics, which are an actual continuation of the series?
No word as to whether Jack’s voice actor Phil LaMarr is back on board just yet, but we’d be surprised if he wasn’t. Watch the trailer above and check out this Samurai Jack-inspired track from Jason “DJ Clarknova” DeMarco’s Toonami Black Hole Megamix mixtape.