Sega is set to bring some of its most loved franchises to film and TV!
It has just been announced that Stories International, the production arm of Sega in a joint venture with Hakuhodo DY Group, is going to partner up with Circle of Confusion to produce adaptations of Sega’s hugely popular video games Altered Beast and Streets of Rage for film and television. Tomoya Suzuki, president and CEO of Stories International, is joining up with Circle of Confusion partners Lawrence Mattis and Julian Rosenberg to produce the films. Evan J. Cholfin, head of development and production at Stories International, will executive produce the projects for Sega. Scrolling beat ‘em up Altered Beast first hit arcades back in 1988 and its success saw Sega choose it as the pack-in game for the their Mega Drive/Genesis console. But while Altered Beast helped launch the 16-bit machine, Streets of Rage was undoubtedly one of the Sega console’s biggest success stories. Also a scrolling beat ‘em up, Streets of Rage was first released in 1991 as a rival to Capcom’s Final Fight, which had just been released for the rival Super Nintendo, and it was followed by two even better sequels. In fact Streets of Rage 2 is often quoted as being one of the best games of all time.
Production-management company Circle of Confusion has also been responsible for producing popular TV shows such as Fear the Walking Dead, The Talking Dead, Powers, Outcast and Dirk Gently. While it’s recent movie portfolio contains big screen productions such as Spare Parts, American Ultra and Mr. Right, which starred Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick in the lead roles. Circle of Confusion partner David Engel also executive produced the highly acclaimed Straight Outta Compton, so the pedigree of the people behind these new adaptations is pretty high. With contacts like these it will also be very interesting to see who is cast in the lead roles and if they will forge ahead with live action adaptations or go down the route of animation.
Stories International is also currently producing other film and television projects based on even more classic Sega game franchises including Shinobi, with Marc Platt, Golden Axe, Virtua Fighter, The House of the Dead and Crazy Taxi. It said Monday that it is in the process of partnering with major studios, producers, and filmmakers to co-develop adaptations of these properties as English-language feature films and television series for worldwide release. Lawrence Mattis was quoted as saying “These are some of the most well loved Sega games and we are thrilled to be working with Stories International to adapt them into major film and television franchises.” Currently very little is known about just how these classic video games are being approached and how close they will remain to the original properties. But it’s sure going to be interesting to find out and we will bring you more news on these as soon as we have it!