Classic '90s beat-'em-up Streets of Rage is set to knuckle up as a movie from the creator of the John Wick movies.
Having created the, writer Derek Kolstad isn't involved in the forthcoming (which is delayed until March 2023). Some people would use the time off to crash on the sofa playing video games, but Kolstad apparently went one better and wrote a big-screen version of the iconic Sega side-scrolling game.
Video game movie adaptations just won't go away, huh? There's a long history of iconic games turned into terrible movies. The recentdidn't exactly set the world alight, but the and (in theaters now) this year tussled to be the biggest ever game movies. So the console-to-silver-screen pipeline well probably isn't drying up any time soon. And sometimes a combination of subject and filmmaker comes along that makes you think, y'know what? That'll work.
Developed by Sega, the first game came out for its Genesis console in 1991, spawning two '90s sequels -- Streets of Rage 2 is playable on Streets of Rage 4 in 2020. Sega and dj2 Entertainment (the production company behind the Sonic movies) are developing the movie, Deadline reports, which Kolstad wrote as a spec script. Sega and dj2 Entertainment didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.-- followed by a belated
The Streets of Rage story is simple and flexible enough for a film adaptation to flesh out the story while keeping the ass-kicking spirit. The original game followed badass cops Adam Hunter, Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding as they punched and kicked their way through hordes of 16-bit ninjas and other criminals.
Kolstad also wrote the acclaimedand co-produced Marvel's Disney Plus series . Let's hope his movie versions finds room for plenty of button-bashing baddie-beating, not to mention appearances from the game's brilliantly named characters, like Max Thunder, Skate and Dr. Zan.