Sega’s beat-‘em-up saga Streets of Rage has gotten new life in the past couple of years thanks to the work done by Dotemu, Lizardcube, and Guard Crush Games on Streets of Rage 4. Now, it seems like Streets of Rage is about to get even further love with an adaptation to the silver screen. Sources have claimed Sega has greenlit a Streets of Rage movie on the back of Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s success with John Wick franchise creator Derek Kolstad penning the script for the film.
Word of a Kolstad-written Streets of Rage film was recently reported via Deadline on April 18, 2022. According to sources close to Sega, the company has tapped Sonic producer dj2 Entertainment and Equalizer producers Escape Artists to co-produce on the Streets of Rage film. What’s more, Derek Kolstad of John Wick fame is leading up the writing of the script for the movie. There is no current time frame for its release as of this writing.
Streets of Rage (otherwise known as Bare Knuckle in Japan) would be the latest Sega IP to come to theaters, following closely on the back of Sega and Paramount’s success with the Sonic film franchise thus far. Following its opening weekend earlier this April, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 pulled in the best box office start of any video game adaptation thus far, spurring Sega and Paramount to greenlight a third film, as well as spinoff TV series. That said, it looks like Sega is also looking to its other IPs to deliver continued success in film format as well.
Streets of Rage would be a solid one to choose from among Sega properties. After all, the franchise is experiencing a solid resurgence from 2020 and 2021 with the success of Dotemu, Lizardcube, and Guard Crush Games’ Streets of Rage 4, which had an impeccable base launch and an excellent DLC release with Mr. X Nightmare. It’s even coming to mobile devices sometime this year.
With a film now allegedly in the works, we’ll look forward to all the Ground Uppers, Embukyaku, and trash can chicken Kolstad has in store for us with the Streets of Rage film. What do you hope to see out of a Streets of Rage movie? Let us know in the Shacknews Chatty section below!
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I’d watch this.
I too, would watch it
Also better have that Yuzo Koshiro soundtrack, or get the fuck outta here