In case you’ve obtained an mental property, Jeff Bezos needs to make a movie out of it. Subsequent up on Amazon’s docket of flicks to make is ToeJam & Earl, Sega’s Nineties hip-hop-themed roguelike that was most not too long ago resurrected in 2019’s ToeJam & Earl: Again within the Groove.

Noticed by The Hollywood Reporter, the movie is being labored on by Amazon Studios in collaboration with NBA celebrity Stephen Curry’s Unanimous Media and Story Kitchen, a media firm helmed by John Wick creator Derek Kolstad and Sonic the Hedgehog producer Dmitri Johnson. What a potent admixture. 

Personally, I am hoping the ensuing characteristic in some way unites these disparate threads right into a slickly-choreographed rap-focused motion flick with basketball parts and in addition Sonic the Hedgehog is there. Sadly it will most likely simply be, like, a traditional film.

The screenplay is being written by Nunzio Randazzo and Amos Vernon, each of whom not too long ago labored on Resort Transylvania: Transformania. It’s going to centre on ToeJam and Earl’s quest to discover a remedy for a illness that is devastating their dwelling planet’s funk ranges. That mission brings them to Earth, the place where “the music that created their tradition originated”.

It is from Amazon’s solely gaming-related film challenge straight away, but it surely is likely to be essentially the most left-field selection the corporate has made thus far. Amazon can also be engaged on movies or TV exhibits based mostly round Blade Runner, Fallout, Mass Impact, Disco Elysium and Life Is Unusual. A movie derived from a ’90s roguelike about rapping aliens accumulating spaceship components is a little bit of an odd duck amongst that assortment, however not an unwelcome one.