SEGA’s filmmaking wing Stories International, Inc is partnering with the production company behind Bridge Of Spies, Drive and Wanted – Marc Platt Productions – to develop a live action adaptation of the ninja-centric Shinobi video game franchise.
“We love the Shinobi games and believe that the world of ninjas has never been properly explored onscreen,” says Platt. “We now have the opportunity to do just that. With Shinobi we hope to make a film that honours the essence of the games and brings this fascinating world to life for moviegoing audiences.”
Stories International, Inc’s Tomoya Suzuki adds, “Marc, Adam and the team at Marc Platt Productions are the perfect partners to bring the beloved SEGA character Joe Musashi and the Shinobi game franchise to the big screen. We are thrilled to work with them.”
The first Shinobi game debuted in video arcades in 1987. Joe Musashi, the main character in the early games in the franchise, was once one of SEGA’s mascot characters, almost as big as Sonic The Hedgehog, so we’d be surprised if he weren’t resurrected for the film.