Sega is bringing organised crime to the silver screen as the famed game developer announced plans to create a live-action movie adaptation based on its Yakuza video game franchise. The movie adaptation of Yakuza is currently in development and will see Sega team up alongside 1212 and Wild Sheep to deliver the movie to fans. 1212 and Wild Sheep are actively searching for writers to pen the script.
Not much is known about the film direction plot-wise, obviously, but if the first game is anything to go by, then its synopsis should give you some indication of what to expect. The first game follows the story of Kazuma Kiryu being released from a 10-year prison sentence after taking the fall for the murder of his family’s patriarch. After the entire Japanese underworld is pulled into the search for $100 million stolen from the vault of his former clan, Kiryu is forced back into the lawless world of the yakuza.
Heres what 1212 had to say about the news:
Yakuza offers us a new playground in which to set compelling stories with complex characters in a unique environment that audiences have rarely seen before. The saga of Kazuma Kiryu has a built-in cinematic appeal – a mix of kinetic action with bursts of comedy, multiple converging storylines, and a gripping journey towards redemption.
More as things develop.