Sega Developing Yakuza Film

Variety reports that Sega is currently developing a live-action film based on its Yakuza video game series, with 1212 Entertainment and Wild Sheep Content.

Yakuza is one of Sega’s best-selling franchises after Sonic the Hedgehog. Erik Barmack, Roberto Grande and Joshua Long will produce the project.

“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,” 1212 said. “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.”

Erik Barmack commented, “With our background in telling global stories, we are excited to bring this huge project to global platforms.”