SEGA’s Comix Zone and Space Channel 5 will have their own movies.
The pair of obscure SEGA titles are being made into movies by Picturestart, the production company behind the upcoming Borderlands movie. While not the kind of games that immediately spring to mind for film adaptations, it certainly feels like SEGA is getting into these obscure titles head-on.
SEGA Vice President and Co-COO Shuji Utsumi is overseeing both films, while Toru Nakahara, the producer of the recent Sonic the Hedgehog films, is attached as executive producer.
Comix Zone was a cult classic on the SEGA Genesis, a side-scrolling adventure starring comic book artist Sketch Turner, who is pulled into his own unfinished comic book by a villain he created. The next movie follows a similar thread.
An adaptation of the cult console game that has been so influential to so many over the years, Comix Zone follows a jaded comic book creator and a young queer writer of color who, when drawn into the latest issue from their popular series, they must put their differences aside to stop a dangerous supervillain from wreaking total destruction and, in the process, artfully explore the ever-evolving power of storytelling itself.”
Having grown up in the 90’s with a passion for comics, Comix Zone was one of my favorite games. I practically wore out the game’s twisted soundtrack: a free CD recorded by Howard Drossin as the real-life version of the comic book creator’s band in the game.
Space Channel 5 was released in 2002 on the Dreamcast and followed reporter Ulala who worked for the titular news channel as she reports on the events of an alien invasion while trying to fight off the invaders herself… all through dance.
Quite a choice for a film adaptation.
“Space Channel 5, a comedy/dance adaptation of the 1999 cult classic dance game, will tell the story of a hapless fast food worker who is recruited by a freedom reporter from the future to save the world from aliens using a single thing. that unites all the people on the planet: our love for silly viral dances”.
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But there is a big question that really needs to be answered. Because right now?
Even as a die-hard fan of Comix Zone, I can’t help but think: isn’t this about twenty years too late? Whether or not the films will find an audience remains to be seen. Still, the idea of Sketch Turner tearing through the pages of his own comic on the big screen is an exciting prospect.
At least for me.
Mae Catt is writing Comix Zone, while Barry Battles and Nir Paniry will write Space Channel 5.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. you can follow him on Twitter.