Ninja master

Sega's iconic Shinobi franchise is being turned into a Hollywood movie, Deadline is reporting.

Shinobi began life as an arcade release in 1987 and spawned several sequels, including Revenge of Shinobi and Shinobi III on the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis and - more recently - Shinobi on the 3DS. Shinobi III recieved the 3D classics treatment on Nintendo's latest handheld, too.

Producer Marc Platt - who has movies such as Bridge of Spies and Into the Woods - is working with Sega and Hakuhodo DY Group's production arm and joint venture Stories International, Inc. on the adaptation.

This isn't the only Sega title which we'll be seeing leveraged in such a fashion. Stories International president and CEO Tomoya Suzuki is also overseeing several other media projects based on Sega's library of titles, including Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Virtua Fighter and Crazy Taxi.

Platt seems pretty hyped about the whole thing:

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.

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