Lionsgate acquires the rights to Streets of Rage and will make a film with the creator of John Wick: first details

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Streets of Rage is coming to the big screen.

Lionsgate has acquired the film rights to the game from Segaopening the door to a film adaptation of the popular franchise. Derek Kolstadwho already wrote John Wick and all its sequels, will write and produce the adaptation.

Streets of Rage revolves around a group of ex-cops who use their fists in lethal ways to take on a dangerous crime syndicate. Along with Kolstad, Sega’s Toru Nakahara and dj2 Entertainment’s Dmitri M. Johnson, Timothy I. Stevenson and Dan Jevons will produce the film. Nakahara, who produced the first two blockbuster Sonic films, is overseeing the project for Sega along with Shuji Utsumi..

Streets of Rage was one of the most popular video game franchises of the ’90s.and Sega published three games between 1991 and 1994. In 2020, the long-awaited fourth game in the saga was released to rave reviews, and you can read our review here.

Para Kolstad, working on a project like this is a childhood dream. “When Dmitri first brought up the idea of ​​making a Streets of Rage movie, I was immediately blown away,” he said in a statement. “And do it with Sega? The 10-year-old me is still smiling.”

Johnson echoes the Kolstad’s intense love for the franchise. “I’ve wanted to make a Streets of Rage movie since I was 12 years old,” she added. “This has taken shape to become a ‘dream project’ alongside a ‘dream team.'”

The Streets of Rage adaptation is also produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Tony Shaw. Lionsgate is also directing an upcoming Borderlands film adaptation with director Eli Roth.

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