Hollywood Reporter has learned that 72-year-old actor-director Sonny Chiba (Japan Action Club founder, Kill Bill's Hattori Hanzo, the 70s Street Fighter franchise, Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon) has signed a four-picture deal with Assembly Line. The deal will start with action drama Bushido, co-starring Candyman's Tony Todd. Based on an original story from Chiba, Bushido follows a band of Buffalo Soldiers and Japanese samurai serving together in the American Civil War.
“This first project falls right up the alley of why Assembly Line was assembled, to create high quality films in a variety of genres," said the Gersh-repped Pfaff (Millionaire Matchmaker). "We couldn't be happier to be partnering with a legend such as Sonny Chiba.”
Chiba and Assembly Line previously teamed on Sushi Girl, which was written by Pfaff and Saxton, who also directed. Todd, Chiba, Mark Hamill, Michael Biehn, Danny Trejo and Jeff Fahey star in the thriller.