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Ghanaian Filmmaker Blitz Bazawule to Direct Warner Bros’ Black Samurai Film

Bazawule plans to approach the historical tale with a fresh perspective, focusing on intense action to bring the story to life.

Blitz  Samuel Bazawule, best known for directing “The Color Purple” film, will direct the upcoming “Black Samurai” movie for Warner Bros.

As the scriptwriter, the Ghanaian filmmaker, author, and musician, will also produce the film under his production house, Inward Gaze.

The story of the film will follow the legendary Yasuke, an African warrior who became the first Black samurai and served under Japanese daimyo Oda Nobunaga during the Sengoku period of samurai conflict in 16th century Japan.

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Bazawule plans to approach the historical tale with a fresh perspective, focusing on intense action to bring the story to life.

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Yasuke’s character has inspired numerous artists to write books and develop projects about him, including the recent Netflix animated show “Yasuke,” featuring Lakeith Stanfield as the voice of the character.

According to reports from entertainment news outlets, Warner Bros. Pictures won in a competitive bidding war against three other studios to acquire the rights to the film.

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“Black Samurai” reunites the Ghanaian filmmaker and Warner Bros, who previously supported his 2023 musical drama “The Color Purple.” Other notable projects by the filmmaker include “The Burial of Kojo,” “Black is King,” and the short film “Diasporadical Trilogia.”

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