Fans of early 1990s console video games for the Sega Genesis might remember the mostly sophomoric action-RPG title Rent-A-Hero (released in 1991). Going on to become known for its unusual flair for innovation, the original title traded in standard turn-based battles for wholly original fighting mechanics that now resemble the eventual development of 2D fighting games like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat.
Despite going on to spawn one remake for the Dreamcast in 2001, Rent-A-Hero isn’t quite as well known among current generation gamers, lest they still remember the early days of 2D fighting games and satirical RPG innovation. That being said, it would appear as though director Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine 2) and screenwriter Jeff Morris (who is currently signed on to write the Kevin James film The True Memoirs of an International Assassin for Netflix) have just signed on to bring the classic video game property to the big screen.
According to Deadline, Pink and Morris will be teaming up with Stories International CEO Tomoya Suzuki (a joint representative of all affiliated Sega brands and properties) to bring English speaking audiences a film adaptation of the video game property that is Rent-A-Hero. In a movie that is currently being pitched as centering around a slacker genius who becomes employed by a high-tech start-up with intentions to weaponize consumer-based technology, Pink, Morris, and Tomoya could have something of an off-brand hit on their hands if they play their cards right.
Given the recent trend of adapting outstanding video game properties to film (see The Angry Birds Movie, Warcraft, and Assasssin’s Creed), producing a feature film based in part on a likeminded title like Rent-A-Hero should come as no surprise to anyone with a finger on the pulse of the moviemaking industry. It remains to be seen whether or not the property will hold much promise (given how long it’s been since the game in question was a hot button commodity), though with any luck Pink’s abilities as a comedy writer/director will serve him well in the making of his new film.
Rent-A-Hero certainly holds some promise in terms of delivering an original take on the video game medium, and its history as an early 1990s title should bring some retro-grade aesthetics into the comedic proceedings. On that note, here’s to hoping that Pink, Morris, Tomoya, and company have a hit on their hands with their most recent collaborative venture for the big screen.
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