Lionsgate is acquiring the film rights to Streets of Rage, and John Wick writer Derek Kolstad will be on board to pen the screenplay.
Lionsgate has acquired the film rights to streets of angera classic beat ’em up video game series that was first released by Sega in 1991. Based on their commitment to bringing the streets of anger series on the big screen, it’s obvious that Lionsgate sees a lot of potential in the franchise.
A few months ago it was announced that the classic video game streets of anger is being adapted into a film by dj2 Entertainment, with Amazon funding the project. The studio is also responsible for the highly successful sonic the hedgehog 2 film adaptation, which grossed over $400 million worldwide. Given its track record, many fans and critics were incredibly excited for the upcoming streets of anger film.
Now it is reported that the movie rights for streets of anger have changed hands and the adaptation is now produced by Lionsgate. Derek Kolstad, author of John Wickis always attached to streets of anger film writer and producer at the same time. He has been with the project since its inception and is passionate to see it come to fruition. So far, not much is known about the movie, like when it will be released or how it will be distributed (theatrical release or streaming service). But it was announced that Toru Nakahara, who oversaw the production of the first two sonic the hedgehog films, returns to oversee the project for Sega alongside Shuji Utsumi.
The other notable development is that the streets of anger the film does not yet have a director in place. It’s possible that the studio is still in the early stages of production and hasn’t found the right person for the job yet. the original streets of anger is a cult classic, and fans have been clamoring for a film adaptation for years. Whoever leads the project will need to be able to capture the magic of the game while putting their own spin on things. Currently, Lionsgate is also working on a huge video game adaptation of the upcoming Borderlands film.
The news that the film rights for streets of anger have changed hands is certainly interesting. Lionsgate is known for producing hit action movies like The Expendables and John Wickso it looks perfect for the studio to fit streets of anger in a feature film. The streets of anger The game franchise has a huge passionate fan base all over the world, and many of them are hoping that Lionsgate will do justice to streets of anger and deliver an action-packed and entertaining film that lives up to the hype.
MORE: Streets Of Rage Movie Is In The Works With John Wick Creator’s ScriptSource: TheGamer