After Sonic the Hedgehog 2‘s success at the box office, it looks like there’s going to be a new influx of video game adaptations moving forward. Deadline has just reported that SEGA is already eyeing their next project with an adaptation of Streets of Rage in development. Not just that, but Derek Kolstad, the mastermind behind John Wick and Nobody, has written the script on spec. It’ll bring the Genesis title from 1991 to life, where former police offers take on a crime syndicate. There’s not a lot of plot, to begin with. So, it’ll be an easy template to write a story around.
The fourth entry was released in 2020 on the last generation of consoles with 2.5M copies sold worldwide. So, it’s the perfect time to use the momentum and build a new franchise for SEGA. Sonic the Hedgehog producers dj2 Entertainment and Escape Artists, who worked on the Equalizer franchise, are involved with the project. dj2 has a deal with Amazon to also adapt It Takes Two, which has yet to pick up any pace so far.
Kolstad has been quite busy, as he continues to stockpile one project after another. The next John Wick film is set to release next year in March and also has a heist thriller with Gerard Butler on the horizon titled Just Watch Me. He also recently worked on Disney+’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier series. He’s also set to adapt Hellsing for Amazon, which was last reported back in March of 2021. So, he’s definitely got a lot on his plate moving forward.