Sega developing Streets of Rage, Crazy Taxi + Shinobi as live action and animated projects

As one of the biggest videogame companies in the world, Sega has a boatload of major properties in its stable — and now the company want to leverage those beloved games across TV and films.

Though videogame adaptations have been all the rage the past several years, Sega has never ventured much further than the occasional Sonic the Hedgehog animated series. (Sonic Boom, currently airing on Cartoon Network, isn’t half bad. -Ed.) Well, all that is about to change.

According to Variety, the company has tapped former Break Media executive Evan Cholfin to head up film, TV and digital development for Sega properties. Some of the first games being targeted for development include new and old classics like Altered Beast, Streets of Rage, Crazy Taxi, Shinobi and Rise of Nightmares. Other games included in the portfolio: Golden Axe and Virtua Fighter. Not bad.

As anyone who has ever played a videogame over the past few decades can attest — especially going back to the 16-bit era — those are some solid properties to mine. Classic action games like Altered Beast, Streets of Rage and Shinobi all hold potential to expand in a ton of different directions. Plus, in the right hands, a Crazy Taxi film could be a comedy-action romp.

The whole plan is still in its infancy, but it sounds like Sega is serious about doing a whole lot more than games with some of the brand names sitting in the vault. Plus, with Nintendo and Sony apparently in talks to bring Mario back to the big screen, it stands to reason Sega would be putting together its own plans.

Considering Cholfin’s pedigree from Break Media, it also seems Sega may pilot some properties on digital platforms to diversify the development portfolio before cutting big-budget feature-film deals. What Sega game would you like to see as a TV series? Movie? Digital series?

(Via Variety)

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