2022 continues to supply up headlines that appear like they have been created by a rogue AI studying play Mad Libs. Today’s instance: It’s reported that, following the continued success of the Sonic movies, Sega and dj2 Entertainment are working with the author of John Wick on a film adaptation of traditional Sega beat ‘em up Streets of Rage.
Today, Deadline reported that the next Sega video game headed to theaters via a film adaptation is the ‘90s Genesis hit Streets of Rage. Reportedly, Sega is once again teaming up with dj2 Entertainment, the same production house behind the Sonic The Hedgehog films. The adaptation is being written by Derek Kolstad, the creator of the John Wick franchise. According to Deadline’s sources, he wrote the script “on spec,” which is Hollywood lingo for when a author simply writes one thing unsolicited and sends it to the studios. One wonders if Kolstad is an enormous Sega fan.
For those that won’t have performed the unique recreation, Streets of Rage, initially launched in 1991, has gamers moving into the boots of Adam, Axel, or Blaze, three vigilante law enforcement officials working collectively to save lots of town from being overtaken by a harmful prison gang led by Mr. Big. To win the day they do lots of punching and kicking whereas shuffling by way of eight ranges from one aspect of the display screen to the opposite.
After the success of the primary recreation, two sequels have been rapidly launched. However, after 1994’s controversial third recreation, the collection went largely dormant for over twenty years till the current launch of 2020’s Streets of Rage 4. Now, following the success of each Sonic movies, it appears Sega is trying to its one super-popular beat ‘em up series for its next potential blockbuster hit.
As pointed out by Deadline, yet another John Wick alum is currently working on his own video game film adaptation. Chad Stahelski, the director of all three John Wick films, is directing a movie based on the PlayStation exclusive Ghost of Tsushima. That film was first announced in 2021.
Meanwhile, this is just one of many video game projects in the works from dj2 Entertainment. The production company is also working on films based on Life Is Strange, It Takes Two, Sleeping Dogs, and Disco Elysium. Oh and also a Teddy Ruxpin film, I guess? Weird stuff.
However, as video game TV shows like Arcane and movies like Sonic continue to find success around the world, it’s doubtless we are going to see much more movies and TV reveals based mostly on video games getting introduced within the coming months.