Following the success of the recent Sonic the Hedgehog films, Sega is now looking to adapt Space Channel 5 and Comix Zone into films. Both will be developed in conjunction with Pucturestart, the company behind Cha Cha Real Smooth.
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Groove Is in the Heart
Per a report from The Hollywood Reporter yesterday, we learned that Sega is looking to branch out from Sonic regarding new videogame film adaptations. As revealed in the article, both Space Channel 5 and Comix Zone are getting plucked to make the jump to the silver screen. Both games have become cult classics in the years since their release, with Space Channel 5 receiving a sequel and VR title. Comix Zone, on the other hand, has yet to see any further installments despite the rise in comic book-related media over the last decade.
Sega, Picturestart Team for Video Game Adaptations ‘Space Channel 5,’ ‘Comix Zone’ (Exclusive) https://t.co/1D1FCN0Apn
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) August 19, 2022
Space Channel 5 is set to be written by Barry Battles (The Baytown Outlaws) and Nir Paniry (Extracted). Comix Zone will be handled by Mae Catt (Young Justice, Dragons: The Nine Realm). Producers include Picturestart’s Royce Reeves-Darby and Erik Feig with Sega’s Toru Nakahara (producer on the Sonic films) also handling production duties. Picturestart, meanwhile, is one of the companies helping bring Borderlands to the silver screen for Gearbox.
Turn the Page
The future is looking bright for videogame adaptations. The long maligned “videogame curse” is well and truly over and Netflix has been doing a lot to puff out its catalog of original series by securing the rights for different videogame series. Nintendo will also be releasing a Super Mario movie next year with a third Sonic the Hedgehog film planned for 2024. It might seem odd for Sega to dig so deep when it comes to IP, but with the recent trend of quality adaptations, there shouldn’t be any reason to be concerned over the quality of these projects.