A New Live Action Yakuza Movie Is in Development

New Live Action Yakuza Movie

A live action Yakuza movie is currently in development. No, it isn’t a sequel to the 2007 crime thriller Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Sega, 1212 Entertainment, and Wild Sheep Content are working together to create an adaptation of the Yakuza franchise for the big screen. [Thanks, Variety!]

Erik Barmack, Roberto Grande (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark), and Joshua Long (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, 1983) are set to act as the producers for the film. 1213 Entertainment and Wild Sheep Content are currently looking for script writers. No further information has been released regarding the development of the title.

The Yakuza series received its first movie adaptation in 2006 with Like A Dragon: Prologue. Yakuza: Like a Dragon would release a year later. Directed by Takashii Miike, Yakuza: Like a Dragon loosely followed the events of the first game.

The latest entry in the Yakuza series will be arriving in the West this Fall. Yakuza: Like a Dragon (not to be confused with the film or the Japanese name of the franchise) features a new cast of characters and a turn-based gameplay system.

The first Yakuza game originally released in December 2005. Since then the series has spawned numerous sequels, spin-off titles, and complete remasters.

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