UPDATE: After nearly four years since Sega announced the development of a live-action adaptation of Yakuza, the project is finally set for release.

Directed by Masaharu Take (The Naked Director), Like a Dragon: Yakuza stars Ryoma Takeuchi (Kamen Rider series) as Kazuma Kiryu.

The series is set in two time periods, 1995 and 2005, and follows the life, childhood friends and the repercussions of the decisions of a fearsome and peerless Yakuza warrior with a strong sense of justice, duty, and humanity. 

The 6 episodes series will be released on Prime Video in two batches of 3 episodes on October 25th and November 1st with subtitled and dubbed versions in 30 languages.

SOURCE: Variety

Sega is teaming up with 1212 Entertainment and Wild Sheep Content to develop a live-action adaptation of the hit video game franchise Yakuza.

For those unfamiliar with the game, the plot follows “the story of Kazuma Kiryu being released from a 10-year prison sentence after taking the fall for the murder of his family’s patriarch. After the entire Japanese underworld is pulled into the search for $100 million stolen from the vault of his former clan, Kiryu is forced back into the lawless world of the yakuza.”

Erik Barmack, Roberto Grande and Joshua Long will produce the project with a search for a scriptwriter underway.

“The saga of Kazuma Kiryu has a built-in cinematic appeal – a mix of kinetic action with bursts of comedy, multiple converging storylines, and a gripping journey towards redemption,” said 1212 Entertainment.

Stay tuned as we learn more about casting.

SOURCE: Variety

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