Burbank, CA – July 7, 2015 – Legendary Digital Media, Contradiction Films, and video game developer comcept Inc. announced today that they will develop a live action feature-length project for digital platforms based on the new video game MIGHTY NO. 9, created and designed by video game legend Keiji Inafune and published by Deep Silver. This announcement comes on the heels of Deep Silver’s and comcept’s award-winning performance at E3 and in anticipation of Deep Silver’s release of the new MIGHTY NO. 9 video game in the Americas on September 15, 2015, and worldwide on September 18, 2015.
MIGHTY NO. 9 is the second video game created by Inafune that Legendary Digital and Contradiction will adapt into a feature-length project. Legendary Digital Media previously distributed and Contradiction produced Dead Rising: Watchtower, based on the worldwide hit video game franchise Dead Rising, also created by Inafune, for Crackle’s online streaming service. The immediate success of Dead Rising: Watchtower led Crackle to order a sequel film from Legendary Digital with Contradiction producing.
“Legendary Digital and Contradiction have carved out a unique niche for ourselves, developing video game IP into successful feature-length and series content for digital platforms the world over,” said Greg Siegel, Legendary Digital Media’s Senior Vice President, Development and Production. “We are honored to have another opportunity to translate Inafune’s immersive worlds, engaging characters and action-packed gameplay into a live action project for video game fans and fans of streaming video alike.”
“We are thrilled to be working with the great Inafune-san on MIGHTY NO. 9 and feel so fortunate that the Legendary Digital team shares a common vision for the live action adaptation of this very special video game,” said Tomas Harlan, partner at Contradiction.
"The announcement that Legendary Digital is collaborating with Contradiction and comcept on creating a live action project based on MIGHTY NO. 9 is really amazing, not only for myself and the rest of the team at comcept who worked on the game, but also for all the fans who have supported the project," said Keiji Inafune, comcept’s CEO. "This collaboration will give our creation the ability to reach people all over the world. Thanks to all of your support, we have fulfilled another one of our dreams,” Inafune added.
MIGHTY NO. 9 follows the adventures of an android named Beck, unit “NO. 9” in a team of ten combat robots named “Mighty Numbers.” When a computer virus strikes, attacking his fellow robots as well as machines around the world, Beck is the only one in his line of androids not to be infected. With the help of his best friend Call, Beck must find the villain responsible for the virus while fighting off his fellow robots who have gone rogue along the way.
Inafune has been a major player in the video game world since his start in 1987. He began designing games at Capcom, where he was part of the team that created the hugely successful game Mega Man which has since sold over 30 million copies globally, not including its over ten iterations and six different spinoff franchises. Inafune’s next major success came with Dead Rising in 2006. The zombie-slaying game and its sequels have sold over 10.3 million copies worldwide.
In 2010, Inafune announced that he was leaving Capcom and later that year launched his own company, comcept Inc. He announced in 2013 that his new game, MIGHTY NO. 9, would be funded by Kickstarter. Funded entirely by fans, Inafune’s wildly successful Kickstarter campaign for MIGHTY NO. 9 raised over $4 million, eclipsing its goal by 465% and making it one of the most successful video game campaigns in Kickstarter history.
Legendary Digital and Contradiction Films’ Tomas Harlan and Tim Carter will develop and produce the live action feature-length film based on MIGHTY NO. 9 for digital platforms. Contradiction is responsible for bringing both the MIGHTY NO. 9 and Dead Rising video games to Legendary Digital’s development team as well as producing the hit digital series Mortal Kombat: Legacy for Warner Brothers .