Sega has already scored two commercial hits with its Sonic the Hedgehog movie franchise, and this has clearly emboldened the company to try some other things in the same realm.
We already know that there's a Streets of Rage film on the way, and now Sega has confirmed that it is transitioning two of its other properties to the silver screen.
Sega has revealed that it is partnering with production company Picture Start to turn Space Channel 5 and Comix Zone into movies. The former was produced by Tetsuya Mizuguchi for the Dreamcast in 1999 and is a music action game which sees you dancing off against funky aliens. The latter is a 1995 Mega Drive title which takes place within the pages of a comic book.
Here are the plotlines for both projects, courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter:
Channel 5, a comedy/dance adaptation of the cult-classic 1999 dance game, will tell the story of a hapless fast-food worker who is recruited by a freedom reporter from the future to save the world from aliens using the one thing that unites all people on the planet: our love of silly viral dances.
Zone, an adaptation of the cult console game, follows a jaded comic book creator and a young, queer writer of color who, when sucked into the final issue of his popular series, must put aside their differences to stop a dangerous supervillain from sowing complete destruction. In the process, they wittily explore the ever-evolving art of storytelling itself.
Channel 5 is being penned by Barry Battles (The Baytown Outlaws) and Nir Paniry (Extracted). Zone will be written by Mae Catt (Young Justice, Dragons: The Nine Realm, Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy).
Space Channel 5 would make for a bonkers movie. I bet my kid would like it.
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