Sega is the latest name to delve into the idea of making popular gaming properties into movies and television shows.
According to a report by Variety, media executive Evan Cholfin has been recruited as head of development and production at Stories International. The Tokyo-based firm was founded in 2011 as a joint venture between Sega and Hakuhodo DY Group, and aims at creating films, TV shows and entertainment for digital platforms.
Sega is said to be pushing Altered Beast, Streets of Rage, Shinobi, Rise of Nightmares and Crazy Taxi for live action and animated spin-offs.
Tomoya Suzuki, president and CEO of Stories International, believes that Cholfin’s appointment is great news for everyone and is confident that he will be able to deliver Sega’s vision on our TV screens.
With his impeccable taste and experience developing and producing entertainment in nearly every format imaginable, Evan is the unique executive to revitalize and canonize our partners’ brands by working with Hollywood to create stories that will last for centuries.
Should we be excited? Who wouldn’t want to see an animated show of Shinobi or Streets of Rage. However, as things stand, video game properties taking corners into Hollywood have seldom produced good results. The finished products have been laughable at best, except for a few exceptions. We can certainly hope that Sega’s new venture produces something good for us but the chances of that are really slim.