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An old game franchise is making a comeback but to the big screen this time as Sega is developing a Shinobi film with producer Marc Platt. Sega’s film and TV division, Stories International, will make use of Platt’s experience in the motion picture industry who is credited for producing Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Into the Woods, and the musical Grease Live. Platt will be producing Shinobi along with Adam Siegel and Stories CEO Tomoya Sizuki.
“We love the Shinobi games and believe that the world of ninjas has never been properly explored onscreen,” said Platt via a press release. “We now have the opportunity to do just that. With Shinobi, we hope to make a film that honors the essence of the games and brings this fascinating world to life for moviegoing audiences.”
For people who are not familiar with Shinobi, the franchise made its debut in the arcades in 1987 as a 2D side-scrolling game, followed by its sequel Shadow Dancer, and many other console sequels, including The Revenge of Shinobi for the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive.
In Shinobi (忍), main character Joe Musashi is on a mission to save children kidnapped by the criminal organization Zeed.
Sega and advertising company Hakuhodo FY formed Stories International in 2011 with plans of taking the game developer’s intelectual properties to develop films, TV and other entertainment mediums. Sega has a big lineup of properties such as Golden Axe, Crazy Taxi, Altered Beast, Virtua Fighter, Sonic the Hedgehog, and more.
[Source]: Deadline.com: Marc Platt to Bring Sega’s “Shinobi” to Big Screen.