IS variety to give the big news in preview: SAW continues in its project of bringing its great intellectual properties to the cinema, and this time it’s up to Yakuza!
SEGA is in fact developing a live-action adaptation of its famous video game franchise Yakuza (the new chapter will arrive in the West in a few weeks) in collaboration with 1212 Entertainment and Wild Sheep Content.
Producers will be Erik Barmack, Roberto Grande and Joshua Long. 1212 and Wild Sheep are now looking for who will write the script.
Yakuza is Sega’s best-selling franchise after that of Sonic, which this year, coincidentally, landed at the cinema with the film starring Jim Carrey, James Marsden and Ben Schwartz. Postponed after a long controversy over the appearance of the protagonist, the live action arrived at the cinema at the beginning of 2020 enjoying good success, so much so that Paramount would be willing to give the green light to a sequel to make it a new film franchise.
Yakuza was first released on the PlayStation 2 in 2005 and has since grown into a global franchise with seven more sequels to the main title and eight spin-off titles across all major gaming platforms.
A 1212 representative spoke about the opportunity to work with this iconic franchise, long praised for its story and character-driven storytelling in the unique street setting of Japan’s most famous urban nightlife districts.
Yakuza gives us a new playground to set compelling stories with complex characters in a unique environment that audiences have rarely seen before. Kazuma Kiryu’s saga has built-in cinematic appeal: a mix of kinetic action with bursts of comedy, multiple converging storylines, and a gripping journey to redemption.
The project is therefore just at the beginning of its production, but we will not fail to let you know the subsequent updates.
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