SEGA’s Comix Zone and Space Channel 5 are getting their own movies.
The two obscure SEGA titles are being developed into films by Picturestart – the production company behind the upcoming Borderlands movie. While these aren’t the sort of games that immediately spring to mind for film adaptations, it certainly looks like SEGA is going all out with these obscure titles.
SEGA Vice President and Co-COO Shuji Utsumi is directing both films, while Toru Nakahara, producer of the recent Sonic the Hedgehog films, is joining as Executive Producer.
A cult classic on SEGA Genesis, Comix Zone was a side-scrolling adventure starring comic artist Sketch Turner, who is drawn into his own unfinished comic book by a villain he created. The upcoming film follows a similar thread.
“An adaptation of the cult console game that has influenced so many people over the years, Comix Zone follows a jaded comics creator and a young, queer writer of color who, as he gets sucked into the latest installment of his beloved series, must put their differences aside to stop a dangerous supervillain from sowing utter destruction – while hilariously exploring the ever-evolving power of storytelling for themselves.”
Growing up with a passion for comics in the 90’s, Comix Zone was one of my favorite games. I’ve practically used up the game’s gnarly soundtrack – a free CD recorded by Howard Drossin as a real-life version of the comic book writer’s band in the game.
Released on Dreamcast in 2002, Space Channel 5 followed reporter Ulala, who worked for the eponymous news channel, as she covered the events of an alien invasion while attempting to fend off the invaders herself… all through the medium of dance.
A good choice for a film adaptation.
“Space Channel 5, a comedy/dance adaptation of the 1999 cult classic, tells the story of an unfortunate fast food worker who is recruited by a freedom reporter from the future to use the one thing to save the world from aliens that unites everyone on the planet: our love of silly viral dances.”
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But there is one big question that really needs to be answered. Why now?
Even as a die-hard Comix Zone fan, I can’t help but think – isn’t that about twenty years too late? Whether the films will find an audience remains to be seen. Still, the thought of Sketch Turner tearing through the pages of his own comic on the big screen is an exciting prospect.
For me at least.
Comix Zone is written by Mae Catt while Space Channel 5 is written by Barry Battles and Nir Paniry.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. you can follow him Twitter.
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