The Kung fu beat ’em up Sifu video game will reportedly be adapted into a live-action film. Term was the first to report.
The film will be adapted and produced in collaboration between Story Kitchen and game studio Sloclap, with Story Kitchen partner Derek Kolstad (John Wick) adapting the script. Joining Kolstad is a team of producers who have worked on a bevy of upcoming video game adaptations, including Dmitri M. Johnson (Sonic the Hedgehog 2) and Dan Jevons (Streets of Rage).
Released in early February of this year, Sifu earned rave reviews for being a satisfyingly challenging action title with a steep learning curve. GameSpot’s Richard Wakeling called the game “exciting” in his review, praising its “unique aging mechanics and top-notch combat” and “the journey from headstrong student to wise kung fu master.”
Kolstad is also writing a new movie based on Sega’s beat ’em up series, Streets of Rage. In November, the film supposedly found a dealer in Lionsgate. There’s no word yet on when production or casting highlights will begin. In 2017, Kolstad was brought on board to write and produce a proposed television series based on the Hitman video game series. In 2019, he was also hired to write and produce a live-action film adaptation of the Just Cause game franchise.
Kolstad isn’t the only John Wick alumnus to snap up a video game property. Director Chad Stahelski is making a Ghost of Tsushima movie for Sony, and the movie recently brought in writer Takashi Doscher.
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