YEAR 2022

Adaptations of Two Classic Video Games


SEGA CORPORATION has partnered with PICTURESTART to develop film adaptations of two classic video game titles: SPACE CHANNEL 5 and COMIX ZONE.

SPACE CHANNEL 5, a comedy/dance adaptation of the cult-classic 1999 dance game, will tell the story of a hapless fast-food worker who is recruited by a freedom reporter from the future to save the world from aliens using the one thing that unites all people on the planet: our love of silly viral dances.

SPACE CHANNEL 5 is being written by Barry Battles and Nir Paniry. Battles wrote and directed THE BAYTOWN OUTLAWS, a crime comedy starring Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria. Paniry wrote and directed EXTRACTED, a sci-fi drama nominated for the Emerging Visions award at South by Southwest. Battles is represented by Pete Stein at CAA and Jeff Portnoy at Bellevue Productions; Paniry is also represented by Portnoy.


COMIX ZONE, an adaptation of the cult console game that has been so influential to so many over the years, follows a jaded comic book creator and a young, queer writer of color who, when sucked into the final issue of his popular series, must put aside their differences to stop a dangerous supervillain from sowing complete destruction — and in the process wittily explore the ever-evolving power of storytelling itself.


COMIX ZONE will be written by Mae Catt, whose credits include writing on the Emmy®-winning HBO Max original, Young Justice, and the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON spinoff series, Dragons: The Nine Realms. Catt is represented by Matthew Dartnell at Writ Large.

Royce Reeves-Darby and Erik Feig are overseeing both projects for PICTURESTART and will produce alongside Samie Kim Falvey, also of PICTURESTART. From SEGA, Vice President Co-COO Shuji Utsumi is overseeing both projects and Toru Nakahara, producer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie franchise as well as executive producer for Sonic Prime TV series, will produce the two adaptations. In addition, Takumi Yoshinaga (SEGA video game director) will join the team for SPACE CHANNEL 5 and Kagasei Shimomura (SEGA video game producer) will join the team for COMIX ZONE.

James McGough and Christina Tajalli brokered the deal on behalf of PICTURESTART, Toru Nakahara on behalf of SEGA.


PICTURESTART, which focuses on "discovery of voice" content and storytelling, is the media company founded by producer and former studio executive Erik Feig. Launched in May 2019, PICTURESTART has a rich and diverse slate of film, TV, and audio projects. Among seven films produced or financed since launch are UNPREGNANT, on HBO Max in 2020; AM I OK?, Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allyne's debut directorial effort, which premiered at Sundance 2022, and CHA CHA REAL SMOOTH, the 2022 Sundance Audience Award winner, co-financed by PICTURESTART and sold to Apple. Working with nearly every outlet from Warner Brothers to Netflix to Apple to Lionsgate; and with stars such as Jennifer Lawrence, Mila Kunis, Julianne Moore, Kevin Hart, Will Ferrell, and Jamie Foxx, PICTURESTART is producing and shepherding such storied IP as GREASE, BORDERLANDS, and THE FUGITIVE, alongside original ideas from the top established and up and coming creatives in the business, and continuing its history of adaptations of New York Times bestsellers with such projects as LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE, GREAT CIRCLE, and RULES OF CIVILITY.

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