News today from Variety that a new Yakuza movie is currently in the works from SEGA and 1212 pictures and Wild Sheep.

From Variety:

Erik Barmack, Roberto Grande and Joshua Long will produce. 1212 and Wild Sheep are searching for writers for the script.

“Yakuza offers us a new playground in which to set compelling stories with complex characters in a unique environment that audiences have rarely seen before,” 1212 said. “The saga of Kazuma Kiryu has a built-in cinematic appeal – a mix of kinetic action with bursts of comedy, multiple converging storylines, and a gripping journey towards redemption.”

Barmack said, “With our background in telling global stories, we are excited to bring this huge project to global platforms.”

Will this live up to the levels of Takashi Miike’s 2007 Like a Dragon?  It’s not clear yet if Yakuza’s unique tone of silly and serious will work well when adapted or if it will instead turn in to a basic crime drama.