Sega Announces Yakuza Movie, Takes the Fight to the Big Screen

Sega's developing a Yakuza movie, though details are a bit scarce as to what it's all about.

Yakuza is headed to the big screen, an exclusive Variety report says. It's a live-action adaptation headed by relative newcomer 1212 Entertainment and Wild Sheep Content, though other details are scarce at the moment.

In fact, it's not even clear which game in the eight-game main series the film might be adapting. The Variety scoop summarizes Yakuza Kiwami's plot, but it could just as easily be a Yakuza 0 film if Sega wants to start at the very beginning.

1212 Entertainment is behind 2019's Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark and, according to iMDB, two other projects in development: Lone Wolf and Cub, a samurai story, and House of Salt and Sorrows, a TV series about sisters transported to an enchanted world.

Wild Sheep Content has Erik Barmack at the helm, a former Netflix executive who led the company's efforts branching into non-English films and series.

Since its founding in January 2020, Wild Sheep has made a name for itself with a number of international projects, including a French version of Stephen King's The Plant and a currently-in-production Bollywood true-crime series.

Meanwhile, Sega's also gearing up for Yakuza 7's release as an Xbox Series launch game, taking the series in yet another new direction with turn-based combat and Persona-style social links.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Yakuza news as it develops.

[Source: Variety]


Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Mar. 8th 2021

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