It seems like Sega has already found its next projects, as they are joining forces with Picturestart, who worked on Cha Cha Real Smooth and Am I Ok? to develop films based on two iconic 1990s games. It seems that they’ve decided to explore adaptations from their more cult favorites with Space Channel 5 and Comix Zone next on their list. There’s no word on a director or even writer for any of these projects, but they seemingly are in the process of getting their teams together. Still, it seems Hollywood Reporter did get its hands on how they’ll adapt these stories.
Space Channel 5 will be a comedy adaptation of the 1999 game, seemingly titled Channel 5. It’ll follow the story of a fast-food employee turned reporter to save the future from aliens. With the help of viral dances, it’ll make saving the universe an easy task that’s only dependent on the beat. It’ll be interesting if they’ll keep the visual style from the original. There’s no word if the protagonist will be Ulala. It recently returned with a new VR variation of the game.
Comix Zone is a very different story, which may only be titled Zone, as it’ll follow the jaded comic book writer and a queer writer of color, who end up getting trapped in the final issue of his comic book. They will have to work together to take down a supervillain as it explores the way storytelling has evolved over the years.
It’s great to see Sony also adapt some cult classics, especially ones as visually unique as Comix Zone and Space Channel 5. If they already have stories prepared, it does seem likely that they have writers on board and are further along in preparing these new projects. Of course, without an official confirmation, we won’t know for sure, but we also heard a long time ago that a Yakuza film is in some form of development. We’ll have to see what releases first besides Sonic the Hedgehog 3.
Source: Hollywood Reporter