While the video-game to film process had led to patchy results at best, fans of both action films and classic video games will no doubt rejoice upon hearing one of Sega’s classic video games is up for the movie treatment; Shinobi.
Producer Marc Platt (Drive) is behind the deal which will bring one of Sega’s most well regarded properties to the big screen. There’s no word on exactly what shape the film will take (obviously we’re also far too early to talk about director’s and stars too), but it will aim to capture the essence of the games; which began as an arcade title back in 1987, as a side-scrolling adventure where player would control a legendary ninja, and battle through feudal Japan through swathes of evil ninja on their way to defeating the next big boss.
As part of the announcement Platt said “We love the Shinobi games and believe that the world of ninjas has never been properly explored onscreen… we now have the opportunity to do just that. With Shinobi, we hope to make a film that honors the essence of the games.”
Yet Shinobi isn’t the only classic Sega game which could be adapted for film/TV; plans are also underway to adapt Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Virtua Fighter, and even Crazy Taxi – through various producers, studios, filmmakers, and formats.