Best known for creating the John Wick franchise, screenwriter Derek Kolstad (Nobody) is set to adapt the hit martial arts video game Sifu into a live-action feature film.
For those unfamiliar with the game, it follows the student of a martial arts school’s master (Sifu) as he seeks to avenge the murder of his mentor. The twist, however, is that thanks to a magical talisman, each time our hero dies, he’s resurrected, but the price paid is that he ages with every use. And should he become too old too fast, his death shall become permanent, and his quest unfulfilled.
Kolstad will also produce the project alongside Story Kitchen’s Dmitri M. Johnson, Mike Goldberg, Dan Jevons and Timothy I. Stevenson.
For a taste of what a live-action Sifu movie could look like, take a look back at the live-action trailer for the original video game directed by Christopher Clark Cowan and starring martial arts stuntman Alvin Hsing (Bullet Train).