Failure. That’s the word that springs to mind whenever you hear the term ‘movie based on a video game’ and the name SEGA. The once all powerful games juggernaut has, due to one misguided step after another, seen it become a laughing stock in the games industry. Reduced to shilling its iconic merchandises (Sonic the Hedgehog,The House of the Dead) and focusing on the mobile games industry, SEGA is a shell of its former self. However, that hasn’t stopped producer Marc Platt from attempting to rejuvenate the once heavily discussed big screen adaptation of the 1987 classic game – Shinobi.
Shinobi debuted back in a time when ninjas were the thing with thanks to the successes of The Karate Kid and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchises. The game went on to have several iterations, with the most recent being in 2013 for the Nintendo 3DS.
In an interview with Variety, Platt said: “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. With Shinobi, we hope to make a film that honours the essence of the games and brings this fascinating world to life for movie going audiences.”
This would suggest that Platt sees a potential Shinobi money spinning big screen franchise, most likely following some sort of origin story. It’s interesting to note that this isn’t the first time SEGA has attempted to bring Shinobi to the big screen, with it being discussed as far back as mid-2014. But, is there still a market for a ninja movie? Time will tell…