2016 is shaping up to be a banner year for video game movies, with the highly-anticipated releases of Warcraft and Assassin's Creed, and a new Tomb Raider also in the works, starring Oscar winner Alicia Vikander. Today we have word that another iconic video game is heading to the big screen, Sega's Shinobi. Producer Marc Platt is developing the adaptation with Stories International Inc., the production arm of the Sega Group.
According to Variety, Marc Platt will produce this adaptation with his Marc Platt Productions partner Adam Siegel, along with Stories International President and CEO Tomoya Suzuki. The original Sega video game was launched in 1987, which spawned a number of sequels such as Shadow Warrior and The Revenge of Shinobi. The original game centered on a character named Joe Musashi, who became a skilled ninja with the Oboro clan, as he fought off an evil ninja syndicate known as Zeed. Here's what producer Marc Platt had to say in a statement about this video game adaptation.
"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 and brings this fascinating world to life for moviegoing audiences."
The project doesn't have a director or screenwriter attached at this time, but Shinobi will be just the latest Sega project to be put into development. We reported in 2014 that Sega was starting to develop a number of its iconic games for movies and television through Stories International Inc., including Altered Beast, Streets of Rage, Rise of Nightmares and Crazy Taxi. Shinobi was also mentioned in that initial report, and it seems this will be the first project to move forward. Here's what Tomoya Suzuki had to say in his statement.
"Marc, Adam and the team at Marc Platt Productions are the perfect partners to bring the beloved SEGA character Joe Musashi and the Shinobi game franchise to the big screen. We are thrilled to work with them."
Marc Platt most recently produced Bridge of Spies, which was nominated for Best Picture at this year's Oscars. He is also producing three movies that are set for release later this year, The Girl on the Train (October 7, 2016), Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (November 11, 2016) and La La Land (December 16, 2016). Also on his upcoming slate is the long-anticipate adaptation of the hit Broadway play Wicked and the sequel Wanted 2. We'll be sure to keep you posted with more on the upcoming Shinobi movie as soon as more updates come in.