Yakuza: Sega Developing Live-Action Adaptation Based on Video Game Franchise
Sega is reportedly developing a live-action adaptation from its Yakuza video game franchise (via Variety). The project also hails from 1212 Entertainment and Wild Sheep Content, who are seeking writers for the screenplay.
The first Yakuza game follows the story of Kazuma Kiryu being released from a 10-year prison sentence after taking the fall for the murder of his family’s patriarch. After the entire Japanese underworld is pulled into the search for $100 million stolen from the vault of his former clan, Kiryu is forced back into the lawless world of the yakuza.
“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.”
The game has been widely praised for its story and character-driven plot in the unique setting of the streets of Japan’s most notorious urban nightlife districts and its portrayal of the real-life yakuza, its history, code of ethics, criminal enterprises, and unique characteristics.
Yakuza is Sega’s bestselling video game franchise following Sonic The Hedgehog, with the first installment released on PlayStation 2 in 2005. The franchise grew with an additional seven main title sequels as well as eight spinoff titles on all major gaming platforms.
Erik Barmack, Roberto Grande, and Joshua Long are set to produce.