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Two of Sega’s most niche games are being turned into movies

Sega has announced that it will be producing movies for two of its most niche game franchises, Space Channel 5 and Comix Zone.

In a statement released on Friday, the Japanese gaming giant confirmed that it has partnered with production company Picturestart to develop film adaptations of the two 1990s games.

Comix Zone was released in 1995 for the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis, with PC and Game Boy Advance ports following. Meanwhile, the music game Space Channel 5 received two Dreamcast games in the 90s, with a PS2 port and a GBA version.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Space Channel 5 is “doing a comedy/dance take” on the 1999 game, and will tell the story of “a down-on-his-luck 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 everyone on the planet: our love of silly viral dances.”

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Meanwhile, Comix Zone “follows a jaded comic book creator and a queer young writer of color who, when absorbed in the latest issue of their popular series, must put aside their differences to prevent a dangerous supervillain from appearing complete destruction.”

Zone will be written by Mae Catt, whose credits include DC animated series Young Justice and Dragons: The Nine Realm.

Space Channel 5 is written by Barry Battles and Nir Paniry. Battles wrote and directed the 2012 Billy Bob Thornton crime comedy The Baytown Outlaws, and Paniry wrote and directed the sci-fi drama Extracted.

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Sega’s Toru Nakahara, producer of the Sonic the Hedgehog films, will produce both adaptations.

Takumi Yoshinaga, the writer and game design director of the Space Channel 5 games, will be involved in the film adaptation. Sega producer Kagasei Shimomura will join the Zone team.

Sega has had box office success with their recent Sonic the Hedgehog movies. The Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie grossed over $400 million worldwide in less than three months.

The live-action sequel, which was co-produced by Sega and Paramount Pictures, debuted in select markets on March 30 and is currently the fourth-highest-grossing video game adaptation of all time, well ahead of the film Sony’s Uncharted, which was released in January.


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