It looks like the classic 1991 beat-’em-up game Streets of Rage is about to be made into a movie. At least that reports film site Deadline based on several, unnamed sources. Production would be in the hands of dj2 Entertainment and Escape Artists.
According to Deadline Derek Kolstad, creator of the John Wick franchise and script author of the action movie Nobody, wrote the script for the Streets of Rage film adaptation. Producer dj2 Entertainment is known for the production of the Sonic the Hedgehog films and Escape Artists is the studio behind The Equalizer franchise.
Streets of Rage first came out in 1991 for the Sega Megadrive, followed by Streets of Rage 2 and 3 in 1992 and 1994. In these sidescroller games you take on the role of a vigilante who has to outwit a multitude of street criminals with bare fists and pick-up weapons. Streets of Rage 4 came out in 2020.
It is still unknown if the game will actually be made into a movie and when it should be released. Producer dj2 Entertainment released Sonic the Hedgehog 2 earlier this month and is also filming the popular game It Takes Two. In addition, the company is working on film projects around Life is Strange, Tomb Raider and Disco Elysium. Kolstad was previously associated with projects around Just Cause, Hitman and Splinter Cell.