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A live-action Yakuza movie is currently in development

Sega is partnering with 1212 Leisure and Wild Sheep Content material to create a movie primarily based on the Yakuza sequence of video video games.

Presently, there are not any writers connected to the mission, however Erik Barmack, Roberto Grande, and Joshua Lengthy are listed as producers on the title (thanks, Selection).

The film will observe Kazuma Kiryu and his exploits on the imply streets of city Japan. No particular sport or story has been outlined but, so it’s unclear which Yakuza period the film will give attention to.

Throughout a TGS 2020 livestream, Yakuza Studio head Toshihiro Nagoshi famous that the movie will solely go into full manufacturing if the script and mission are ‘actually good’.

“We had a proposal from the West, and a Yakuza film is now underway in Hollywood,” Nagoshi says within the livestream (by way of IGN).“In a case like this, often you have got the aspect that wishes [to use the IP] and the aspect that owns the IP, and a deal tends to be executed as enterprise. However on this case, I made it clear from the start that if the content material itself was no good and I didn’t agree with it, then I’d not need to do it, and I’ve been very upfront about it.

“I don’t suppose (a Yakuza film) is one thing that must be executed for the sake of it, so it may possibly solely occur if it’s going to be good.”

This isn’t the primary time the Yakuza license has been used for a film – again in 2007, a movie loosely primarily based on the occasions of the primary sport known as Yakuza: Like a Dragon was launched. It wasn’t excellent. Don’t get that combined up with the upcoming sport that shares the identical identify.

“Yakuza provides us a brand new playground through which to set compelling tales with complicated characters in a novel surroundings that audiences have not often seen earlier than,” 1212 Leisure has said. “The saga of Kazuma Kiryu has a built-in cinematic enchantment – a mixture of kinetic motion with bursts of comedy, a number of converging storylines, and a gripping journey in the direction of redemption.”

The movie doesn’t presently have a launch date.

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