Over the last few hours, through a report published by Variety, SEGA has officially announced that it is working on a live-action adaptation based on its popular video game series Yakuza. The title will be produced by Erik Barmack, Roberto Grande and Joshua Long in collaboration with 1212 Entertainment (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark) e Wild Sheep, who are currently looking for a screenwriter to take over the project. This new film will be the second adaptation directly inspired by the adventures of Yakuza following the 2007 release of Like a Dragon, Directed by Takeshi Miike and based on the story of the first chapter of the main series. Here are the statements released by 1212 Entertainment and Erik Barmack, one of the executive producers of the title:
Yakuza offers us a new scenario, in which it will be possible to set compelling stories thanks to the use of complex characters and a unique setting, which the public has rarely seen before. Kazuma Kiryu's saga has incredible cinematic appeal: a mix of kinetic action and flashes of comedy, multiple converging storylines, and a gripping journey to redemption. With our experience in telling international stories, we are thrilled to bring this huge project to all possible platforms.
Yakuza is one of SEGA's best-selling series, right after Sonic The Hedgehog. The video game, first released on PlayStation 2 in 2005, has grown to become a globally known and critically acclaimed franchise, with seven more sequels to the main title and eight spin-off titles across all major gaming platforms. The first game in the series follows the story of a yakuza named Kazuma Kiryu, just released from prison after serving a 10-year sentence for a crime he did not commit. After the entire Japanese underworld sets out to search for $ 100 million stolen from his former clan's vault, Kiryu is forced to return to the lawless world of the yakuza.