Yesterday I had the pleasure of interviewing Samuel L. Jackson for the first time, thanks to Django Unchained (in theaters on Christmas Day), and while our conversation was full of more expletives than I care to mention, it was also a really fun chat with an actor who's just as cool offscreen as he is on. When it came time to discuss Jackson's future projects, he revealed that he absolutely "loved" working on Spike Lee's Oldboy, and while he still has to go shoot a part for the RoboCop remake in January -- as well as his scenes as Nick Fury for Captain America: The Winter Soldier -- he said in between he'll be shooting the live-action remake of the Japanese anime Kite.
"After [RoboCop], I'm going to do this live-action version of Kite, the Japanese anime," he said. "I'll be doing a live-action version of that in Johannesburg." There hasn't been much movement on the Kite remake since David R. Ellis took over directing duties in September, 2011. The film, which takes place in a post-financial collapse corrupt society, follows a girl who tries to track down her father's killer with help from his ex-partner. Assuming Ellis is still directing Kite, this will reteam him with Jackson for the first time since the duo worked on Snakes on a Plane.
Of course there's another very large movie Jackson wants in on, and that's Star Wars: Episode VII. He's already made it known that he's interested, and even brought it up himself during our conversation. When I asked him if he actually wanted to be in it, Jackson replied "F**k yeah." But would he want to come back as the ghost of his slain character? "Whatever. They can bring me back alive with one hand, I don't care -- just let me back in!"
We'll have a lot more from Jackson later this week.