Remember those halcyon days where the Sega Genesis and Mega Drive were the pinnacle of video gaming? Side scrollers like Golden Axe and Streets Of Rage were all people could talk about and Shinobi very quickly became a household name. The ninja whose arsenal consisted of shuriken and magical ninjitsu powers took the world by storm. Since it’s first release in 1987 Shinobi has had many reboots, without any true successes. That could all change very soon though, not as a video game but as a feature length film. Under the watchful eye of SEGA, Stories International Inc. is teaming up with Marc Platt Productions to create an all new Shinobi film.
One of the first questions on everyone’s lips is is this film going to have any credibility? There is always the worry that adaptations of video games into movies can often be a bit of a let down. Well first off, employing Marc Platt as the producer is a good start. Platt has worked on the recently successful Bridge Of Spies, as well as gritty masterpiece Drive and video game/comic mash-up Scott Pilgrim Vs The World. So it’s pretty safe to say there’s experience in the film. There also seems to be a real buzz around the production, even in the early stages of its development, Marc Platt is aiming to bring something new to audiences with Shinobi.
“We love the Shinobi games and believe that the world of ninjas has never been properly explored onscreen. We now have the opportunity to do just that”
Hopefully this is the beginning of something exciting. And if SEGA adaptations are your thing, look forward to Stories International working on the likes of Golden Axe, Virtua Fighter and Crazy Taxi in the future!