Movie studios have never been shy about looking to comics and video games for inspiration, but now they’re digging all the way back to the 16-bit era.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 1991 Sega Genesis game Rent-a-Hero is headed to the big screen. Director Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) is attached to helm the adaptation, and he’ll also be co-writing with Jeff Morris. In case you didn’t come of age devouring Sega’s output in the early 1990s, the game was a quirky action RPG about a guy who accidentally receives power armor and decides to start doing good deeds to pay for it. A remake was released in Japan on Dreamcast but never (officially) made it over to the States.
The film adaptation will “follow a slacker genius as he joins a tech startup that is billed as an ‘Uber for heroes,’ only to find out that company insiders are planning on weaponizing the technology, leaving the protagonist and his Rent-a-Hero comrades to stop them.”
It sounds like a fun pitch, and is only the latest Sega project to enter development. The company is looking to leverage many of its properties, and Tomoya Suzuki, president and CEO of Stories International, the production arm of Sega Group and Hakuhodo DY Group, is set to produce. Along with Rent-a-Hero, Sega is also developing Shinobi and some secret projects as well.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)