“Shinobi” Film Coming Soon

It may not have been one of the popular trackball arcade games you used to play, but remember the side-scrolling action game Shinobi? You will soon be able to relive Sega’s game in a new format – it’s coming to the silver screen.

Shinobi’s Debut

Shinobi was released by Sega as an arcade machine in November 1987 and was immediately met with critical acclaim, becoming a popular action game. Its success prompted Sega to create many different sequels and spin-offs and port the title to multiple platforms. The original game was a pioneer of concepts like having more than one player on multiple levels and making the enemy more advanced and challenging to defeat.

Shadow Dancer was the first sequel to Shinobi, but it was quickly followed by The Revenge of Shinobi, which was highly praised when released and is considered a classic today. It is one of the most popular games of all time for the Mega Drive. The score was written by Yuzo Koshiro, an influential composer well-known for his innovations in chip tune music.

The Film

Marc Platt, producer of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Drive, has teamed up with Sega to work on the Shinobi film, and according to Forbes, he wants to keep the “essence” of the original arcade game intact. The plot will be based on the main character, ninja Joe Musashi, and his quest to stop an organization known as Zeed from kidnapping students.

Platt has also contracted with Sega to work on other titles, such as Crazy Taxi, Virtua Fighter and Altered Beast. It remains to be seen if all will be turned into films or if some will be created as television series.

As of now, there are no actors or directors connected to the film and no word on a finalized script. The film will most likely not be released for a few years yet, but you can start getting excited about visiting the theater for a dose of ninja action based on one of your old favorite classic arcade games.