Sega has announced (via Variety) a new live-action movie based on their wildly popular Yakuza franchise.
The new movie is being produced by 1212 Entertainment and Wild Sheep Content, and has Erik Barmack, Roberto Grande and Joshua Long set to produce the film. 1212 and Wild Sheep are currently looking for writers for the script, so it sounds like this deal was just greenlit.
This is actually not the first live-action film based on the Yakuza franchise, with the 2007-released film Like a Dragon being loosely based on the original Yakuza game. It was directed by acclaimed yakuza-director Takashi Miike, and generally got mixed responses.
“Yakuza offers us a new playground in which to set compelling stories with complex characters in a unique environment that audiences have rarely seen before,” 1212 said. “The saga of Kazuma Kiryu has a built-in cinematic appeal – a mix of kinetic action with bursts of comedy, multiple converging storylines, and a gripping journey towards redemption.”
Barmack said, “With our background in telling global stories, we are excited to bring this huge project to global platforms.” Barmack, an executive within Wild Sheep, also have executive producing credits series “Quicksand,” “Sacred Games” and “The Rain.” Furthermore, 1212 Entertainment was a production company on 2019’s “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.”
The latest game in the franchise, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, is launching in November for Windows PC, Linux, and Mac (all via Steam), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, November 10th for Xbox Series X, and coming soon to PlayStation 5.