Once upon a time there was an arcade game called Shinobi. It was the kind of game where you walk from left to right punching and kicking everything you come across. Sometimes it would let you throw stars at jerks from a first-person perspective. The game was also popular on the Sega Genisis. “Shinobi” is Japanese for “ninja”.
There, that’s everything I know about Shinobi, and I’m not sure my well of ignorance is even all that deep. Nevertheless, they’re going to make a movie of this.
Deadline reports that producer Mark Platt is partnering up with Sega to make movies of their various properties, starting with this one. There’s not much to Shinobi, so I guess they can do whatever they want with it. I can’t help but wonder if the first thing they want to do with it is hire a white dude as the lead.
This partnership doesn’t have to stop here either. We might be looking at eventual movies for Crazy Taxi, Altered Beast, Virtua Fighter and a number of other really bad ideas.