Another classic Sega title from the 1990s is reportedly set to get the cinematic treatment – this time it’s Streets of rage.
Driven by the success of another success sonic the hedgehog release, Sega announced that it was adapting another of its classic 1990s video game titles into a film. This time, streets of rage will receive the film treatment. Without ever achieving the same level of success as Sonic, the O Streetsf Rabies was still a hugely popular game franchise, following a group of ex-cops who band together in a side-scrolling beat-’em-up to clean up their town.
In an age awash with games like this, streets of rage was a classic thanks to its memorable characters and crunchy fights. What’s more, the series even received a late fourth entry in 2020, proving that there’s still a gamer audience out there for the title.
Whether there will be a movie audience remains to be seen, but Sega has certainly brought in the right staff so far, with John Wick and Nobody scribe Derek Kolstad writing the film, apparently as a spec script which Sega then purchased.
There’s no further news on who else will be involved yet, but we can’t wait to see what direction Kolstad might have taken with his storyline for a streets of rage film. Will the film play it directly in the vein of John Wick movies or take things in a slightly funnier direction, given the inherent goofiness of the premise?
Either way, we’re certainly looking forward to finding out. The news that Kolstad wrote the screenplay now means that much of the creative partnership behind the first John Wick are now in the business of adapting video games. Kolstad wrote streets of rage while director Chad Stahelski works on a Ghost of Tsushima adaptation for PlayStation. High-speed train director David Leitch, who also took part in the making of John Wick at an uncredited level produces the long-term adaptation of The division for Netflix, another video game made into a movie.
While we don’t know who will bring their film to screens first, you can be sure we’ll bring you more news on each project as we hear it.
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