UPDATE: The live-action adaptation of Streets of Rage has been picked up by Lionsgate. Derek Kolstad is producing alongside Sega’s Toru Nakahara, dj2 Entertainment’s Dmitri M. Johnson, Timothy I. Stevenson, and Dan Jevons, and Escape Artists Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Tony Shaw.
“When Dmitri first mentioned the idea of cracking a Streets of Rage movie, I was so immediately freaking in. And to play with Sega? The ten year-old me is still grinning,” said Kolstad.
“The game has a rich world and narrative and we’re thrilled to be reuniting with Derek to bring it to life,” added Erin Westerman, President of Production, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.
With the success of the Sonic the Hedgehog films, it is to no surprise that Sega is developing their next live-action adaptation. The classic beat-em-up video game Streets of Rage is getting the live-action treatment from John Wick creator Derek Kolstad (Nobody), who will pen the script.
Sonic producer dj2 Entertainment and Escape Artists (Equalizer franchise) will produce the project. For those unfamiliar with the game, it follows ex-police vigilantes trying to rid a fictional, large American city from a crime syndicate that has corrupted its local government.
Stay tuned as we learn more.