After the successful debut of the reworked Sonic the Hedgehog movie in 2020, I had a feeling that SEGA was going to push for more of its classic franchises to become feature-length films. However, I wasn’t expecting the next two announced to be Dreamcast’s Space Channel Five and Comix Zone from the Genesis (MegaDrive). That’s the official word, according to The Escapist.
Space Channel Five started as a music game in ’99/’00, and its protagonist, the news reporter Ulala, became one of the Dreamcast’s most familiar faces during its short lifetime. Since it launched, the title has seen various sequels, including a VR game in 2020. It was a cool sci-fi game that used the fashion styles of the psychedelic 1960s as inspiration, but how will it translate into a movie? It’s up to Nir Paniry and Batty Battles to figure that out, as the duo has been tapped to pen the comedy. It is interesting to note that the film will not center around Ulala, instead “a hapless fast-food worker who is recruited by a freedom reporter from the future to save the world from aliens using the one thing that unites all people on the planet: our love of silly viral dances.”
Comix Zone was one of the last Genesis games I bought before trading all my game systems for a PC in the mid-1990s. It was a unique beat’em up title where you played the role of comic book artist Sketch Turner. This guy gets pulled into his own comic and must fight through panel after panel to save the fictional post-apocalyptic New York. This game could make for one visually impressive, if not FX-heavy, film. Thankfully, Young Justice‘s Mae Catt has been tasked with writing the script for this adaptation. However, I can already see the Twitter feed when they see the outline of the new plot, which “follows a jaded comic book creator and a young, queer writer of color who, when sucked into the final issue of his popular series, must put aside their differences to stop a dangerous supervillain from sowing complete destruction — and in the process wittily explore the ever-evolving power of storytelling itself.”
SEGA will work with Erik Feig’s Picturestart to bring these two new films to life. This production company is also working on the upcoming Naruto and Borderlands adaptations. Erik and Picturestart’s Royce Reeves-Darby will oversee the SEGA projects. In addition, Sega Vice President Co-COO Shuji Utsumi will join them to ensure quality. Other SEGA alumni to join these two productions will be Toru Nakahara (producing both films), Takumi Yoshinaga (Space Channel Five), and Kagasei Shimomura (Comix Zone).
What do you think of these upcoming adaptations and the changes that will be made? Let us know below.[Source: The Escapist]