Netflix is making a samurai drama described as a 'real-life Game of Thrones'
After the incredibly popular Game of Thrones came to an incredibly disappointing end, people are fiending for another epic TV series to fill the void. In response, various networks claim they've got the plug. Amazon is spending $500 million on a mysterious Lord of the Rings prequel series, while HBO is hyping His Dark Materials, based on Philip Pullman's acclaimed fantasy books.
Now is Netflix is throwing their hat in the ring - or rather, throwing their kabuto. The streaming giant is reportedly putting together "a docu-drama about the warring kingdoms of feudal Japan that is described as a real-life Game of Thrones," according to Deadline. No word on if the show will feature dragons or copious nudity, but it will reportedly "pay homage to the noir of graphic novels and Japanese art." Also cool!
Netflix' 'Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan' will not feature a Three-Eyed Raven, but it will tell the story of the One-Eyed Dragon, the legendary warrior and leader Date Masamune. Since my only knowledge of samurais comes from the Wu-Tang Clan and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, I'll leave the synopsis to Deadline:
"[Age of Samurai] will tell the story of Date Masamune, a notorious samurai known as the ‘One-Eyed Dragon’ who fought alongside the three founding fathers of Japan – warlords who led fierce armies of samurai against each other to unite the nation 400 years ago. His is thought to have been the inspiration for the design of Darth Vader’s iconic helmet.
"As a child he infamously plucked out his own eye when it became infected with smallpox, murdered his younger brother to ensure his line of succession, succeeded his father when he was 17 and soon after conquered neighboring clans to unite most of northern Japan under his control."
On social media, people expressed criticism the show will be "the next Game of Thrones," but agreed that samurais are pretty fricken cool. Fortunately, we won't have to wait too long to find out. Age of Samura is currently being filmed in Japan, the US and Canada and is set to premiere on Netflix later this year. I can't wait to complain about the ending on the internet!