Is this the next big franchise? Producer Marc Platt has partnered with video game maker Sega to develop and produce a feature film based on its video game franchise Shinobi. He and his production company will work with Sega and Hakuhodo DY Group’s production arm and joint venture Stories International, Inc. on the property.
Shinobi is a series of video games that has been around since 1987 so it is well-known among gamers. Shinobi means “ninja” in Japanese. It is a warrior game that usually involves swords and knives and, of course, fighting the next big boss. It originally began as an arcade game.
Platt and Adam Siegel will produce with Stories International president and CEO Tomoya Suzuki. Evan J. Cholfin at Stories will oversee the project as a development executive.
Besides collaborating on Shinobi, Suzuki’s company is producing multiple film, TV and digital projects based on Sega’s intellectual properties including Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Virtua Fighter and Crazy Taxi. They are also in the process of partnering with studios, producers and filmmakers to co-develop adaptations of these properties into English-language feature films, TV and digital series for worldwide release.
“We love the Shinobi games and believe that the world of ninjas has never been properly explored onscreen,” said Platt in making the announcement. “We now have the opportunity to do just that. With Shinobi, we hope to make a film that honors the essence of the games.”
Suzuki, Stories International and Platt are repped by CAA.