Video game developer Sega set up a development house approximately a year and a half ago to bring its properties to TV and film, and now we finally have word about the first project to make the cut.
Variety reports producer Marc Platt (Wanted, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) is working with Sega’s production studio Stories International to bring the iconic video game Shinobi to life. If you haven’t kicked around a vintage arcade (or Sega Genesis) lately, the game series typically follows a ninja who fights his way through a whole lot of other ninjas. The series was a monster hit back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, though lately it's been relegated to re-releases on virtual consoles, and a Nintendo 3DS game back in 2011.
But there’s no doubt the franchise still has some name cachet among young adults of a certain generation, who fondly remember slinging their fair share of ninja stars back in the day. No word on which direction they’ll take the concept narratively, but there’s certainly a lot of potential there.
“We love the Shinobi games and believe that the world of ninjas has never been properly explored onscreen,” Platt said in a statement. “We now have the opportunity to do just that. With Shinobi, we hope to make a film that honors the essence of the games and brings this fascinating world to life for moviegoing audiences.”
If Shinobi goes well, Sega has big plans for several other properties kicking around different levels of development at Stories International. Properties such as Crazy Taxi, Golden Axe and Virtua Fighter are all in the works, and the studio is working to lock in deals for all of them, ranging from TV to film.
What would you like to see from a Shinobi film adaptation?