Variety reports Bridge of Spies producer Marc Platt has joined with with Stories International to option Sega's Shinobi for a feature film. According to Stories International president Tomoya Suzuki, the series' original protagonist Joe Musashi will be realized on the big screen.
Beginning in 1987, the Shinobi game series has seen Musashi and his successors face the crime syndicate Zeed and later magical adversaries. Taking full advantage of an American interest in ninjas at the time, Shinobi became a popular title on Sega consoles. The company continued to produce games in the series after it left the console business at the turn of the century.
"With Shinobi, we hope to make a film that honors the essence of the games and brings this fascinating world to life for moviegoing audiences," Platt said in a statement.
It is unclear how quickly the film will go into production or if the deal is a preemptive strike for a potential video game movie boom should next month's Warcraft and December's Assassin's Creed prove profitable.