INDAC Interview by Johannes Wolters
Editing & Design : Thomas Schmidl – https://www.framefloor.de/
BLUE EYE SAMURAI is created by Amber Noizumi and Michael Green, who also serve as executive producers and writers. Erwin Stoff is executive producer. Jane Wu is supervising director and producer. Blue Spirit is the animation studio. Voice cast includes Maya Erskine (Mizu), George Takei (Seki), Masi Oka (Ringo), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (The Swordmaker), Brenda Song (Akemi), Darren Barnet (Taigen), Randall Park (Heiji Shindo), and Kenneth Branagh (Abijah Fowler). Supporting voice cast includes Stephanie Hsu (Ise), Ming-Na Wen (Madame Kaji), Harry Shum Jr. (Takayoshi) and Mark Dacascos (Chiaki), among others.
ABOUT BLUE EYE SAMURAI:
Release Date: November 3, 2023
Episodes: 8 episodes x 30-60 minutes
Created by: Amber Noizumi & Michael Green
Supervising Director/Producer: Jane Wu
Executive Producers: Michael Green, Amber Noizumi, Erwin Stoff
Written by: Amber Noizumi & Michael Green (Episodes 101, 102, 103, 104, 106, 108), Amber Noizumi (Episode 105), Yana Bille-Chung (Episode 107)
Directed by: Jane Wu (Episodes 101, 108), Ryan O’Loughlin (Episodes 102, 104), Earl A. Hibbert & Alan Wan (Episodes 103), Michael Green (Episode 105), Earl A. Hibbert & Sunny Sun (Episode 106), Alan Taylor (Episode 107)
Cast: Maya Erskine (Mizu), George Takei (Seki), Masi Oka (Ringo), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (The Swordmaker), Brenda Song (Akemi), Darren Barnet (Taigen), Randall Park (Heiji Shindo), and Kenneth Branagh (Abijah Fowler)
Additional Voice Cast: Stephanie Hsu (Ise), Ming-Na Wen (Madame Kaji), Harry Shum Jr. (Takayoshi) and Mark Dacascos (Chiaki), among others
Amber Noizumi is a television writer and producer who has quickly established herself as a bold, imaginative new voice.
Upcoming, Noizumi co-wrote, co-created and co-showran Netflix’s groundbreaking hour-long adult animated series BLUE EYE SAMURAI alongside Michael Green.
She began her writing career in journalism at Newsday and the Los Angeles Times. BLUE EYE SAMURAI is Noizumi’s introduction to the entertainment industry, confidently presenting her as an exciting voice to watch.
Michael Green is an Academy Award- and Emmy-nominated film and television writer and producer.
Upcoming, Green co-created, co-wrote, co-executive produced and co-showran Netflix’s groundbreaking hour-long adult animated series BLUE EYE SAMURAI alongside Amber Noizumi. The series is set to debut in late 2023 and features an all-star voice cast including Maya Erskine, George Takei, and Randall Park.
Most recently, Green penned the screenplay for A HAUNTING IN VENICE, the latest entry in Kenneth Branagh’s Hercule Poirot series, which was released in September 2023 and was Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. He also wrote the previous two entries in the series, DEATH ON THE NILE and MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, both directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh.
Green is best known for his work co-writing the critically acclaimed hit films BLADE RUNNER 2049 and LOGAN, the latter of which netted him an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. His additional film credits include co-writing Disney’s JUNGLE CRUISE and Ridley Scott’s ALIEN: COVENANT and writing and executive producing 20th Century Studios’ THE CALL OF THE WILD, based on Jack London’s classic novel.
In television, Green created NBC’s KINGS and co-created Starz’s AMERICAN GODS (adapted from Neil Gaiman’s seminal novel) and has produced and written for a variety of shows including RAISING DION, SMALLVILLE, EVERWOOD, SEX AND THE CITY and HEROES, the latter of which received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama Series.
His comic book writing includes best-selling runs on Superman/Batman, Batman: Confidential, Blade Runner 2019 and the New York Times best-seller Supergirl. Green has additionally written essays and opinion pieces for the Los Angeles Times and Thrillist, among others.