Adaptation of the Comix Zone film from Sega and Picturestart
Video game titan Sega rose to prominence in the 1990s for dominating the emerging gaming industry. Today, however, Sega has since branched out into different markets, including film production, finding success with the sonic the hedgehog franchise. Hot on the heels of this recent success in mainstream Hollywood, the company is currently developing a feature film based on one of their popular 1990s video games: the classic beat ’em up Comix area.
The news was first announced by The Hollywood Reporter, and later confirmed in a Sega press release. The movie is said to be a loose adaptation of the game, which was released in 1995 and takes place in the panels of a comic book as the player progresses through the game world. Comix area will revolve around “a jaded comic book creator and young queer writer of color who, once sucked into the latest issue of his popular series, must put aside their differences to stop a dangerous supervillain from wreaking havoc. utter destruction – and in the process wittily explore the ever-changing power of storytelling itself.”
Comix area will be written by Mae Catbest known for her work on the Emmy Award-winning animated series young justice for HBO Max. Beyond that, Catt has also garnered acclaim for writing Dragons: The Nine Kingdoms, a streaming series on Hulu and Peacock that serves as a spin-off to the How to train your dragon franchise. A director for the project has yet to be announced, and no release window has been given.
Comix area is one of two film adaptations announced for production by Sega, along with a number of other projects the company is reportedly working on. The other movie announced will be based on the video game Channel 5 space, who, like Comix area, is considered a cult classic among video game fans of the 1990s. The Space Channel 5 adaptation being heavily based on the game and following “a hapless fast food worker who is recruited by a freedom journalist from the future to save the world from aliens using the one thing that unites everyone on the planet: our love of silly viral dances.”
Both films are made by Sega in conjunction with independent studio Picturestart, a production company founded by Erik Feig. A mainstay of Hollywood, Feig is known for producing Oscar winners such as The Hurt Locker and The Earth, as well as more teen-oriented features like The hunger Games and the Divergent series. Collectively, Feig’s films have grossed over $12 billion worldwide, according to Variety.
Both projects come at a watershed moment for Sega – and video game movies in general – which have recently seen unprecedented success in the genre. Perhaps most notable is Sega’s sonic the hedgehog franchise featuring jim carrey and Ben Schwartz. The last installment sonic the hedgehog 2, was released to critical acclaim and grossed over $400 million at the worldwide box office, making it the highest-grossing video game adaptation in US history. The next film in the series, sonic the hedgehog 3, was recently given a release date of December 20, 2024.
Although there may still be a wait for more information on Comix area, Collider’s review of sonic the hedgehog 2 can be read here.
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