Streets of Rage movie in the works from John Wick creator Derek Kolstad

The next video game from the past to be revived with an all-new film adaptation will be streets of anger. By Deadlinea feature film based on the side-scrolling beat-em-up video game is currently in the works with a spec script written by Derek Kolstad, the creator of the John Wick franchise who served as a writer on the first three films in the action movie series. Kolstad also wrote last year Nobody, which starred Bob Odenkirk as the action hero. Produce the streets of anger the film will be dj2 Entertainment (sonic the hedgehog) and escape artists (The equalizer).

To like sonic the hedgehog, streets of anger was also originally developed by SEGA and first released for the company’s Genesis console in 1991. Its simplistic story follows a group of vigilantes as they fight their way through a city filled with violent criminals in pursuit of a dastardly mob boss. Several sequels followed on the SEGA Genesis, with the revival sequel Streets of rage 4 will be released in 2020 on modern game consoles.

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sonic the hedgehog 2 setting the new box office record for opening a video game adaptation seems to translate to progress being made on other planned video game movies. It was recently announced that Jason Momoa would star in a live action Minecraft movie of Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess. John Wick director Chad Stahelski is also working on a Ghost of Tsushima video game film with writer Takashi Doscher.

Several other video game adaptations are also already in the works. Later this year will see the release of an animated film Super Mario Bros. film, which, if successful, could lead to other Nintendo titles getting the big-screen treatment. High profile shows based on The last of us and twisted metal are also in development, as are upcoming movies based on games like Borderlands, Solid metal gearand Burst cell.

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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 launches a new cinematic universe


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Much more is planned with sonic the hedgehog after the second film found so much success. Another movie is in development, while a separate spin-off series following Idris Elba’s Knuckles is also in the works at Paramount+, it’s all part of the studio’s plan to make a Sonic cinematic universe. The continued success of this franchise will likely inspire more and more other video game adaptations to be developed as well.

“[Sonic 1] was a great experience for us as filmmakers and as moviegoers,” sonic the hedgehog 2 producer Neal H. Moritz explained, per EuroGamer. “Now we’re even more excited to expand that world, adding new characters, bigger worlds, an amazing new journey, and more action and adventure. There’s so much places we can go with Sonic.”

We do not yet know when the streets of anger The film could make its way to theaters as the project is still in early development. Meanwhile, sonic the hedgehog 2 is currently playing in theaters.


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