The creator of ‘John Wick’ and Sega adapt ‘Streets of Rage’, and they seem to have the key to a revolution in the genre

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On paper, the news has all the right ingredients: Lionsgate, producer of some recent horror and action hits, has confirmed in Deadline who has acquired the rights to adapt his mythical street action saga ‘Streets of Rage’. Derek Kolstad, creator and screenwriter of all installments of ‘john wick‘ and the recent and also explosive ‘No one‘ will be responsible for bringing the saga to the screen.

Some additional names. But what is really interesting about this issue is that Toru Nakahara, one of Sega’s main bosses, participates in the production by collaborating with Kolstad. It is not the first film in which Nakahara appears in the credits: the recent adaptations of ‘Sonic’ have had his advice, and the imminent ‘sonic prime‘ from Netflix will do it too, which suggests that Sega wants to keep a close eye on the adaptations that are made of their franchises.

Experts in adapting. The other proper name in this project is dj2 Entertainment, a production company that will be in charge of carrying out the film for Lionsgate. Between the dj2 projects to date there are not only the two Sonic movies to date, but many other future productions based on video games, such as ‘It Takes Two‘, ‘life is strange‘, the ‘Tomb Raider’ animated series, ‘Disco Elysium‘ or ‘Sleeping Dogs’, among others.

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Why this adaptation is different. There are two reasons why this adaptation could be unlike almost any other we’ve seen before. On the one hand, there is the involvement of Sega, something that the Sonic movies confirm that provides certain guarantees. The proof that it is a path worthy of being exploited is in the effort that the Japanese production company is putting into covering other of its properties, such as knucklesComix Zone’ or ‘Space Channel 5‘.

Things change. The involvement of the game’s original developer or producer is not uncommon in the industry, but it is not usual: the cases of films such as ‘Super Mario Bros’, ‘Resident Evil’ or ‘Street Fighter‘, which regardless of their final quality, are notorious for the total lack of understanding of those responsible for video games, with the consequent lack of fidelity to the source. In fact, if the next HBO series of ‘The Last of Us’ is raising so much expectation, it is precisely because of the involvement in it of the video game producer, Neil Druckmann.

And as a bonus, John Wick. It is impossible to think of someone more suitable for an adaptation of a street action game than the creator of ‘John Wick’ and ‘Nobody’, two of the most interesting recent action films in Hollywood cinema. It is true that Kolstad is not responsible for the visual part of these films, only the author, and that He has left the franchise outright Looking ahead to deliveries 4 and 5, but it is worth keeping hope that his eye as a screenwriter turns to an interesting story.

As in any franchise of street vigilantes, the ideal is to keep the plot drifts to a minimum, and that is something that Kolstad knows well: in ‘John Wick’, from a plot excuse typical of the seventies revenge movies, he created a small microcosms of contract killers who lived in settings far removed from the real world. A perfect example of how to give packaging and background to a schematic plot that could be put back into practice in ‘Streets of Rage’.

On paper, the news has all the right ingredients: Lionsgate, producer of some recent horror and action hits, has confirmed…

On paper, the news has all the right ingredients: Lionsgate, producer of some recent horror and action hits, has confirmed…

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