Deadline has learned that producer Marc Platt (“Drive,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “Wanted”) is working with Sega to develop a feature film based on the long-running “Shinobi” video game series. Platt has partnered with Sega, the production arm of Hakuhodo DY Group and Stories International, Inc. Stories International’s CEO Tomoya Suzuki will produce along with Platt and Adam Siegel. Evan J. Cholfin, also of Stories, will oversee “Shinobi.”
“We love the Shinobi games and believe that the world of ninjas has never been properly explored onscreen,” said Platt in the announcement. “We now have the opportunity to do just that. With Shinobi, we hope to make a film that honors the essence of the games.”
“Shinobi” began as an arcade game in 1987, with sequels following in 1989 and then released regularly throughout the ’90s. Many of the games follow protagonist ninja Joe Musashi. A 2003 installment in the franchise, “Nightshade,” featured a female ninja named Hibana. The most recent game, “Shinobi 3D,” was released in 2011.
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