Dynasty Warriors/Shin Sangokumusou Games Get Live-Action Film in 2018
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By Egan Loo
Producer Akihiro Suzuki reported on the official Twitter account for Dynasty Warriors 8 (Shin Sangokumusou 7) that a live-action film adaptation of KOEI Tecmo Games' Dynasty Warriors/Shin Sangoku Musō franchise has been green-lit. The Hong Kong company China 3D is producing the project.
The games bring The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Luo Guanzhong's classic novel about a wartorn era in Chinese history, to the hack-and-slash genre. KOEI released the first Sangoku Musō (Dynasty Warriors) game in 1997 for the PlayStation as a spinoff of its Romance of the Three Kingdoms strategy game franchise. Since then, it has released seven more games in the main series, and numerous spinoffs (including the Samurai Warriors series).
Many of the spinoffs involve collaborations with other franchises, such as Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage, One Piece Pirate Warriors, and Hyrule Warriors. Square Enix released the Dragon Quest Heroes spinoff last year. The Arslan: The Warriors of Legend (Arslan Senki x Musou) game, based on Hiromu Arakawa and Yoshiki Tanaka's The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki) manga, followed in Japan last October and in the West in February.
KOEI Tecmo released Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires (Shin Sangoku Musou 7: Empires), the latest entry in the main numbered series, in the West on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, PS Vita, and Microsoft Windows. KOEI Tecmo Games had teased during its "Romance of the Three Kingdoms 30th Anniversary Announcement" event last May that its Omega Force team is working on a new installment in the action game franchise.
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Update: The production is preparing this year to begin filming in 2017. The staff aims to open the film in China, Hong Kong, and Macao in 2018. Expansion to other regions, including Japan, has not been decided. Roy Hin Yeung Chow (Murderer, Nightfall, Rise of the Legend) is directing, and his wife Christine To Chi-Long (Murderer, Nightfall, Rise of the Legend) is writing.
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