Producer Marc Platt is partnering with Stories International, the production arm and joint venture of renowned video game brand SEGA Group and Hakuhodo DY Group, to develop and produce the movie adaptation of SEGA's iconic video game franchise, "Shinobi."
The former studio exec reinvented himself as a top producer thanks to such diverse movie hits as the “Legally Blonde” franchise, “The Girl on the Train,” “Drive,” “Bridge of Spies,” and such Broadway smashes as “Wicked.”
Well-known as a gentleman and gentle soul in a cutthroat business, Platt is also an ambitious risk-taker; after Universal passed on “Legally Blonde,” Platt took the small comedy to MGM, gambled on then-unknown director Robert Luketic; cast Reese Witherspoon in the title role, and got a sleeper hit that grossed over $140 million.
He followed that success with a varied slate of film, TV and stage projects that include the 2006 docudrama “The Path to 9/11,” “Rachel Getting Married,” “Empire Falls,” “Into the Woods,” “Winter’s Tale,” “2 Guns” and Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies” cold war drama.
The latter ultimately grossed over $165 million against a lean $40 milion budget, and won eight Oscar noms, including Best Picture, and a Best Supporting Actor win for Mark Rylance.
Mentored by ICM’s Sam Cohn, the Baltimore native and longtime theater lover was an executive at TriStar Pictures and then Universal before being fired and striking out on his own. Recently produced Ang Lee’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” “La La Land.” Upcoming: “Mary Poppins Returns,” Disney’s updated musical “Oliver Twist.”