John Wick creator Derek Kolstad to adapt video game series Streets of Rage
The film is being developed for Lionsgate Pictures, Derek Kolstad will reportedly write the script while also acting as a producer
The creator of the John Wick franchise Derek Kolstad is reportedly working on a feature-length adaptation of the Sega video game Streets of Rage. The film is being developed for Lionsgate Pictures, Kolstad will reportedly write the script while also acting as a producer. Another Sega game Sonic the Hedgehog was recently made into two feature films.
Lionsgate is also developing a feature-length adaptation of the Borderlands games. Streets of Rage revolves around a group of ex-police officers who bring down a crime syndicate by fist-fighting. The side-scrolling fighting game was first released in 1991, the series spawned several sequels with a fourth game releasing in 2020.
Kolstad registered his excitement about being a part of the film by saying, “When Dmitri first mentioned the idea of cracking a ‘Streets of Rage’ movie, I was so immediately freaking in,” Kolstad said in a statement. “And to play with Sega? The 10-year-old me is still grinning.”
Toru Nakahara, who produced both the Sonic the Hedgehog films for Sega, will produce the Streets of Rage adaptation along with Dmitri M Johnson and Derek Kolstad.