After decades of stench in cinemas around the world, video game movies are suddenly becoming a rare commodity again. Two of the top five films of 2022 so far – Unexplored and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 — are based on games, and studios are lining up, so turn more proven gaming properties into movies. The last is streets of angerthe long-running side-scrolling beat-’em-up series that debuted in 1991 on the Sega Genesis.
The games are all in the mold of final fight or Dual Dragon, with one or two players working together to take back a city from a seemingly endless wave of criminal gangsters. Two sequels followed on Genesis, and after a long period of inactivity, the franchise was successfully relaunched in 2021 with Streets of rage 4 for modern consoles.
With this renewed interest, Sega is now working on a streets of anger film. Deadline reports that Derek Kolstad, the author of John Wick and Nobody, wrote a screenplay for the film. This guy can write action and since streets of anger is a game that’s literally all action – you keep walking straight forever, beating people up for hours on end – it feels like a good match of hardware and writer.
There’s another reason for hope streets of anger could be awesome. As true hardcore fans know, the original cover of streets of anger was shamelessly ripped from the poster of the greatest martial arts movie in history: the 1985s gymkataabout the adventures of an Olympic gymnast who became a spy for the American government.
streets of anger that’s fine, but if it’s secretly an adaptation of gymkatathen it has a very good chance of being a true masterpiece.