Sega is reportedly developing film versions of its classic titles Space Channel 5 and Comix Zone. This news coming after the firm’s Sonic the Hedgehog adaptation was a $300 million box office smash.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the firm will partner with Picturestart to adapt the games – a production company most recently responsible for the 2022 comedy-drama Cha Cha Smooth.
It comes after Sonic the Hedgehog, starring Jim Carrey as a mad scientist, was a huge big-screen hit. Additionally, Sonic‘s Producer Toru Nakahara said to be taking the same role in the two new projects.
Comix Zone is a 1999 “side-scrolling” adventure game where the protagonist is pulled into a universe by a supervillain. While Space Channel 5 from 2002 followed a news reporter fighting off an alien invasion using the power of dance.
The Comix Zone film is said to have the title Zone. And the plot reportedly involves a comic book creator and a queer writer of color who are sucked into a comic. The pair then have to work together to stop a supervillain from wreaking chaos on the world. Mae Catt will write the film along with Sega producer Kagasei Shimomura.
The Space Channel 5 adaptation is set to be a comedy titled Channel 5. The story will revolve around a fast-food worker contacted by a reporter from the future who needs his help to save the world from invading aliens – before they decide to fight back by dancing.
The film is reportedly being written by Barry Battles and Nir Paniry, with Sega game director Takumi Yoshinaga joining the team.