Rent A Hero , From Video Game to Motion Picture
Rent A Hero is an action role-playing video game that was originally released by Sega in the early 1990s, but was also remade for the Dreamcast and Xbox in the early 2000s. The centers on the story of Taro Yamada, a slacker genius who joins a high-tech start-up geared toward improving people’s lives. However, when the company’s plans to weaponize the technology are revealed, Taro and his fellow Rent-A-Heroes must join forces to stop them.
Though Steve Pink has mostly been involved in television, he will be directing the film. Some of his past projects include Hot Tub Time Machine, its sequel, and a few episodes from New Girl and Angie Tribeca. Pink is also known for co-writing Grosse Pointe Blank and High Fidelity earlier in his career.
Jeff Morris, the director, producer, and writer of The Honor System, a short film revolving around middle schoolers competing for a dodgeball championship title, will be writing the Rent A Hero film alongside Pink. Morris is also knowing for co-writing Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever and the upcoming Netflix action-comedy, The True Memoirs of an International Assassin.
Stories International is the U.S.-based joint venture production arm of Sega and ad agency Hakuhodo DY Group. Its President and CEO, Tomoya Suzuki, will be producing the film while Evan J. Cholfin of Stories International will oversee the project as an executive producer.
Stories International is currently producing several projects based on Sega titles, including Altered Beast, Golden Axe, Virtua Fighter, The House of the Dead, Streets of Rage and Crazy Taxi. The company;s plan is to co-develop adaptations of these titles as English-language feature films, television and digital series for worldwide release.
There is not currently a projected release date for the Rent A Hero film, but this information is suspected to be released later this year. We will bring you updates on this story as they become available.