No, this isn’t 1992. Streets of Rage is finally getting a feature film adaptation. Lionsgate has acquired the rights to the video game series for an adaptation from John Wick writer Derek Kolstad. Alongside him are producers Toru Nakahara, Dmitri M. Johnson, Timothy I. Stevenson, Dan Jevons, Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Tony Shaw.
Streets of Rage has recently seen an uptick in popularity thanks to the awesome reception of the long-awaited fourth game in the series that was released in 2020. It originally debuted from Sega in 1991 with Streets of Rage. That game was a seminal title in the beat-em-up genre that sprung out of arcades.
Here’s what Kolstad had to say about the project:
When Dmitri first mentioned the idea of cracking a Streets of Rage movie, I was so immediately freaking in. And to play with Sega? The ten year-old me is still grinning.
Toru Nakahara comes from the group that produced both Sonic the Hedgehog films, which grossed $722 million plus at the global box office. Here’s what he had to say about the new film:
Lionsgate is one of the most dynamic studios in the entertainment industry today. We look forward to working with them, Derek, and our all-star producers to bring this compelling IP to life.
We’ll have to see how this one develops as we get more news.