Sega classic Streets of Rage to be adapted into a film

Two of Sega’s classic video games could soon be getting the film and TV treatment, thanks to a new partnership between the company’s film production arm and the executive producers behind Fear The Walking Dead.

According to creative-management studio Stories International, Lawrence Mattis and Julian Rosenberg of production company Circle of Confusion have partnered with Sega to develop “filmed entertainment adaptations” of Streets of Rage and Altered Beast.

Streets of Rage is a scrolling beat-’em-up from 1991. If you imagine the music video for Michael Jackson’s “Bad” with more steroids and roast chickens hidden in bins, you’ll be somewhere along the right lines. Altered Beast, which predates Streets of Rage by a couple of years, is also a scrolling beat-’em-up – this time about a werewolf in Ancient Greece. Oh, video games. 

“With Lawrence and his team at Circle of Confusion, we are beyond excited to work alongside them to develop and produce these projects,” said Tomoya Suzuki, president and CEO of Stories International, in a statement. “We look forward to seeing the Centurion from Altered Beast rise from his grave, and the Streets of Rage heroes Adam, Axel and Blaze fight to take their city back on a screen near you.”

If the adaptations of Altered Beasts and Streets of Rage are successful, these will open the floodgates for a slate of Sega films and TV shows. The games company reportedly has its eye on adaptations of titles including Virtua Fighter, Shinobi, Golden Axe, House of the Dead and Crazy Taxi.

It’s all early days still, with Sega and Stories International looking to partner with studios and filmmakers. As for Sega’s most famous character, Sega Sammy Group is currently working with Sony Pictures to create a live-action and animation hybrid Sonic the Hedgehog movie scheduled for release in 2018, with Deadpool director Tim Miller attached as executive producer.

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