Common is set to play the lead in an upcoming TV adaptation of Black Samurai,
The series, based on the 1974 book series and 1977 film, follows Defense Reserve Agency Guardian of Nations (D.R.A.G.O.N.) agent Robert Sand, who is rescued by a samurai master and trained in martial arts.
Per Variety, the producers — and, for whatever reason, RZA is among them — are shopping the project to various networks; once that happens, the search for a writer and director will begin. Who needs either of those things?
The pitch is "make the Oscar winner (for original song, but whatever) who was the Bouncer in The Wiz Live! play a samurai" and it has basically already won Common an Emmy.