Streets of Rage is coming to the silver screen.
Lionsgate has acquired the film rights to Sega’s games, opening the door for the popular series to be adapted into films. Derek Kolstad, who previously wrote John Wick and all its sequels, will write and produce.
Streets of Rage revolves around a group of ex-cops who weaponize their fists in deadly ways to take on a dangerous crime syndicate. Alongside Kolstad, Sega’s Toru Nakahara and dj2 Entertainment’s Dmitri M. Johnson, Timothy I. Stevenson, and Dan Jevons will produce the film. Nakahara, who produced his first two films of Sonic the Hedgehog to great success, is directing the project for Sega alongside Shuji Utsumi.
Streets of Rage 4 – April 2020 Screenshots
Streets of Rage was one of the most popular video game franchises of the 90s, with Sega publishing three games between 1991 and 1994. IGN.
For Kolstad, working on a project like this is a childhood dream. “When Dmitri first mentioned the idea of cracking Streets of Rage, The movie, I freaked out immediately,” he said in a statement.
Johnson reflects Kolstad’s strong love for the franchise. “I’ve wanted to make a ‘Streets of Rage’ movie since I was 12,” he said.
The Streets of Rage adaptation is also produced by Escape Artists Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Tony Shaw. Lionsgate is also helming the next film adaptation of Borderlands by horror director Eli Roth.
Carson Burton is a freelance news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter at @carsonsburton.