Nostalgic gamers who grew up with SEGA will be extremely excited to hear that two classic games in the franchise, "Altered Beast" and "Streets of Rage," will be appearing on both the big screen and silver screen in the near future. Stories International and Circle of Confusion, the production company of Fear the Walking Dead, have joined efforts for both SEGA titles.
In particular, Circle of Confusion's Lawrence Mattis and Julian Rosenberg will partner with the CEO and president of Stories International Tomoya Suzuki as producers. Stories International is the production arm and a join venture of Hakuhodo DY Group and SEGA group, according to Variety. Head of development and production Evan J. Cholfin will act as executive producer.
Mattis cited Altered Beast and Streets of Rage as some of the most popular, beloved games in the SEGA franchise, and said the company was excited to adapt them into major franchises for both film and TV. Other projects by Stories International also seek to transform SEGA games into TV shows or films: "Shinobi," "The House of the Dead," "Golden Axe," "Virtua Fighter" and "Crazy Taxi."
According to IGN, a movie based on SEGA's most iconic game, Sonic the Hedgehog, will meet the big screen as a CG-animated/live action movie in 2018. Tim Miller, director of Deadpool, will executive produce.
Aside from Fear of the Walking Dead, Circle of Confusion is also behind "Powers," "Outcast" and "The Talking Dead." "Mr. Right," one of its films, features hard-hitters like Anna Kendrick. No word has come out yet on the expected release date of the SEGA adaptations, but the greenlight from both companies means it won't be before long before details start to trickle out.
SEGA's Streets of Rage is a game that sees a rogue cop going up against Mr. X, a powerful crime boss in the big city. Altered Beast, meanwhile, has a Greek Warrior for a protagonist, who shapeshifts into various beasts to combat a series of villains, according to Engadget.