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Sega working on Shinobi movie

May 7th, 2016 by Dave Bowling Comments

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Those of us of a certain age (i.e.: me) will have fond memories of Sega’s 80s/90s ninja-em-up franchise Shinobi.

Ah yes, the story of modern-day ninja Joe Musashi, whose dad was somehow born in the thirteenth century (don’t ask, the series wasn’t exactly hot on continuity), as he battled the evil criminal syndicate/terrorist group (see what I mean?) Zeed and their fiendish child kidnapping plot. Good times. And now, Sega are working on a movie version.

Producer Marc Platt,titular bod at Marc Platt Productions, is partnering with production company Stories International, Inc., the joint venture production company of SEGA Group and Hakuhodo DY Group. Platt, producer of movies as diverse as Bridge of Spies, Legally Blonde and Scott Pilgrim vs The World, will partner with Adam Siegel and Stories International president and CEO, Tomoya Suzuki, to produce the movie. Platt stated:

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.

This is only one of a slew of Sega intellectual properties that are set to be adapted for film, TV or rebooted as games. These include Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Virtua Fighter and Crazy Taxi. No word on a Sonic movie yet, but if there is one just hope like hell it’s based on the earlier games…

Source: Superhero Hype

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Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...