Yakuza Live-Action Movie is Being Developed by Sega
Yakuza is coming to the big screen and Kasuma Kiryu will seemingly be taking center stage in the film's plot.
Following the success of Sonic the Hedgehog earlier this year when, ya know, movies still released in theaters, Sega is now looking to develop another feature film based on one of its most popular properties.
Divulged by Variety, Sega is now working on a live-action movie set in the world of Yakuza. 1212 Entertainment and Wild Sheep Content are said to be the two companies working on the project with producers Erik Barmack, Roberto Grande, and Joshua Long also being attached. No current release window for the film has currently been given, but considering that this is just now getting off of the ground, it’ll likely be a few more years until the project hits theaters.
As for the plot of the movie, 1212 has cited the series’ primary protagonist of Kazuma Kiryu and his overarching story as the basis for what they seem to be working on. “The saga of Kazuma Kiryu has a built-in cinematic appeal – a mix of kinetic action with bursts of comedy, multiple converging storylines, and a gripping journey towards redemption,” 1212 said alongside the movie’s announcement.
While many Yakuza fans are surely thrilled by this news, this actually isn’t the first time that the franchise has made its way to the big screen. Back in 2007, Like a Dragon was released in Japan and was somewhat centered around the events of the first game. The movie was received well enough but never ended up getting a sequel or follow-up installment.
Coincidentally, the next game in the video game franchise is also titled Yakuza: Like a Dragon and is slated to finally release in the west on PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X on November 10. A PS5 edition will also be arriving in the future, though we still don’t have a specific launch date for this iteration just yet.