According to Deadline, Derek Kolstad who created the popular John Wick franchise is working on a Streets of Rage movie adaptation. Kolstad has reportedly written the film’s script while Sonic the Hedgehog producer dj2 Entertainment and Escape Artists will produce the adaptation.
Streets of Rage is a Sega franchise that was launched in 1991 via the Genesis home video game console. The franchise saw its long-awaited video game follow-up with the release of Streets of Rage 4 in 2020. It sold 2.5 million copies worldwide and continued the side-scrolling beat-’em-up series.
Ever since its debut, the Streets of Rage franchise has spawned sequels across numerous gaming platforms. From Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
This will be dj2 Entertainment’s latest project following Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s impressive box office performance so far. Kolstad on the other hand, is the latest John Wick creative to take on a video game adaptation. He will also pen the highly anticipated Ghost of Tsushima adaptation from Sony and PlayStation Productions.
Dj2 Entertainment have a selection of promising video game-inspired live-action adaptations in the works such as Life is Strange and projects based on Disco Elysium and It Takes Two. Sega has pursued adaptations of its catalog in the past but with limited success other than Sonic the Hedgehog films.