More Sega movies are coming, with Space Channel 5 and Comix Zone adaptations in the works

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Probably feeling pretty good after the success of the Sonic the Hedgehog films, Sega is planning adaptations of two other games from the 1990s: Space Channel 5 and Comix Zone. As the Hollywood journalist (opens in a new tab) note, Sega is partnering with Picturestart for these projects, a media company started by film producer Erik Feig, who is currently working on the Borderlands movie.

Space Channel 5 was a 1999 psychedelic sci-fi rhythm game about a reporter named Ulala who deals with invading aliens and rival reporters through dance. (While console-exclusive, its sequel has come to PC, as has a recent VR game.) The film, which will simply be called Channel 5, will apparently be about someone who works at a fast food joint and then will be recruited by Ulala to save the future of the aliens with viral dances. Hmmm.

It’s written by Barry Battles, who made a promotional short for Far Cry 5 titled Inside Eden’s Gate (opens in a new tab)and Nir Paniry.

Comix Zone was a 1995 action platformer where you were an artist stuck in the panels of your own comic book who could tear off parts of pages to make paper airplanes and throw them at enemies. Like Channel 5, it is abbreviated for the movie incarnation, which will simply be called Zone. The Hollywood Reporter sums it up by saying that it “follows a jaded comic book creator and young queer writer of color who, when sucked into the latest issue of his popular series, must put aside their differences to prevent a dangerous supervillain to sow complete destruction.” This one is written by Mae Catt, who has written for anime series like The Legend of Vox Machina, Young Justice, and a few Transformers series.

Sega game director Takumi Yoshinaga, who worked on Space Channel 5 games, will serve as producer on Channel 5, and Sega producer Kagasei Shimomura will serve as producer on Zone. Toru Nakahara, who produced the Sonic movies, will also serve as producer on both.

Sega has a new live-action Yakuza movie due out this year as well, and one based on the Puyo Puyo puzzle games. And yet, there is still no news of the movie Jet Set Radio.

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