11:57am PT by Mia Galuppo
'Hot Tub Time Machine' Director to Adapt 'Rent-a-Hero' for Film
Rent-a-Hero is headed for the big screen.
The Sega video game, originally released in 1991, will be adapted by Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink, who will direct the action adventure as well as co-write the project with Jeff Morris.
Rent-a-Hero will follow a slacker genius as he joins a tech startup that is billed as an "Uber for heroes," only to find out that company insiders are planning on weaponizing the technology, leaving the protagonist and his Rent-a-Hero comrades to stop them.
Tomoya Suzuki, president and CEO of Stories International, the production arm of Sega Group and Hakuhodo DY Group, is set to produce the movie, with Stories International's Evan J. Cholfin acting as executive producer.
Another Sega adaptation is already in the works. Stories International is partnering with mega producer Marc Platt on a Shinobi feature film.
Golden Axe, Virtua Fighter and The House of the Dead are among other Sega titles that Stories International is hoping to develop as films, TV shows or digital series.
“As Sega fans, we are excited to dive into the near future with these Rent a Heroes, and explore what it means to be an everyday hero in a comedic, high-energy, action adventure,” Pink said Monday in a statement.
Pink, who also wrote the John Cusack cult film High Fidelity, recently helmed the Kevin Hart comedy About Last Night, as well as 2015's Hot Tub Time Machine 2.
Pink and Morris are repped by UTA. Suzuki and Stories International are repped by CAA.