Hands up if you’re old enough to remember the most badass Ninja to ever grace the SEGA Megadrive? Just us? We feel old now.
But let’s get to the point. Shinobi is about to get a movie! Produced by SEGA in 1987 before getting a home release on the Master System in 1988, Shinobi was one of the original gaming ninjas and one that many still hold dear today.
It has been confirmed that a movie adaptation of Shinobi is now in development at SEGA’s Stories International inc. and will be overseen by Marc Platt of Marc Platt Productions & Adam Siegel (both of Scott Pilgrim vs The World & Wanted):
“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 honors the essence of the games and brings this fascinating world to life for moviegoing audiences,”
Platt is right in his comments about Ninjas on film. We struggle to think of a film that has truly explored the history of the ninja and the lore that surrounds them and perhaps Shinobi will be the first to do so in the mainstream. There is another thing going for Shinobi in that while it is a beloved video game and normally adaptations of those meet much scepticism, it is a property that has fallen by the wayside in recent times. Unlike Assassin’s Creed, Resident Evil or even DOOM & Hitman, there is no real recent precedent that it can be compared to. Many of Shinobi’s outings were 2D side-scrollers and while they were great for the time, give the film-makers in this case a much wider scope to create their own vision. This may well work to the benefit of the production crew.
More on the Shinobi movie as we get it…