Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine, About Last Night) has been approved by Sega to adapt a niche game for the Sega Mega Drive (Sega Genesis, here in America) for Hollywood. Tomoya Suzuki, CEO of Sega’s movie productions, has been set to produce the film. This falls in with the game company’s plan to produce a number of movies based on their current properties, a number of which (Shinobi, Sonic the Hedgehog) are already underway.
The game, Rent-a-Hero, was released in 1991 in Japan (only), was storied around a Japanese teenager named Taro who moves to a new town and orders pizza for a house warming party, only to find the delivery was mixed up with a parcel for a super-suit that grants him incredible strength and abilities. Unable to pay for the incredible costume’s expensive delivery costs, he decides to act as a superhero “for hire” in his new town. There was also a Sega Dreamcast remake that was supposed to arrive here in North America, but was cancelled for unknown reasons.
Despite never having a sizable following here in America, the production has been given the go ahead and is expected to pre-production with Steve Pink in charge, with a few changes to the story. Instead of a teenager, Pink’s version will follow a freeloading genius joining a tech start up that aims to be “an Uber for heroes,” but who ends up having to fight the very company he starts working for.
“As Sega fans, we are excited to dive into the near future with these Rent-a-Heroes, and explore what it means to be an everyday hero in a comedic, high-energy, action adventure,” said the director on Monday. Pink is remembered for writing the films High Fidelity (2000) and Grosse Point Blank (1997). He will be joined in production by Jeff Morris, most known for Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever (2014).