Videogames continue to be a hot property for film adaptation. The latest game selected for the treatment is a blast from the past. Rent a Hero, originally released in 1991 for the Sega Mega Drive is being developed into a film. Stories International and filmmakers Steve Pink and Jeff Morris are collaborating on the project. Rent a Hero is an action RPG with the story set to follow the exploits of a slacker genius and his cohorts as they fight against an evil high-tech start-up company.
Rent a Hero is the second Sega property that Stories International is bringing to the big screen, with Shinobi already in development. The production company seeks to bring other Sega properties to film and television with Golden Axe, Virtua Fighter, House of the Dead, Streets of Rage, and Crazy Taxi being among them.
This is surprising as I had never even heard of the game before reading the news. The plot seems very 90s, so I imagine it will be tweaked for modern day. Perhaps the fact Rent a Hero isn’t well-known will work in its favor, as there will be fewer if any expectations to live up to.
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