It looks like Saints Row is still alive! F. Gary Gray is developing a film version Saints Row with an eye to direct, according to a report by Deadline. The film will be a co-production between Gray's Fenix Studios, indie film producers Occupant Entertainment, and Koch Films. The latter is the movie production arm of Koch Media, the parent company of Saints Row studio Deep Silver Volition.
Mortal Kombat reboot scripter Greg Russo is currently set to write the screenplay. Russo previously wrote the screenplay for the upcoming Resident Evil reboot at Constantin.
Saints Row is a franchise that has changed over the course of its nine-year run. The first game was very much like Grand Theft Auto, with the player becoming a member of the Third Street Saints gang and trying to take territory from rival gangs. Saints Row 2 kept the basic premise, but shifted to a more comedic tone overall. Saints Row: The Third doubled down on that idea with more over-the-top comedy and action, while Saints Row 4 literally blew up the world and placed humanity in an alien simulation.
Gray's past work seems to intersect with all iterations of the Saints Row franchise. He directed Straight Outta Compton, the biopic about the Los Angeles-based hip hop group NWA. He followed that with The Fate of the Furious, the last film the Fast and Furious franchise, and Men in Black: International, the action-comedy starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. Given that spread, we could see a film like the grounded Saints Row, the more outlandish Saints Row 2 and Saints Row: The Third, or the all-out madcap of Saints Row 4.
Given the upcoming release of Saints Row: The Third for Nintendo Switch, I'd say that Deep Silver Volition knows the sweet spot of the property. Something like The Fate of the Furious with a bit more comedy is what I'd personally expect from a Saints Row film.
The real question is do they get Daniel Dae Kim to play Johnny Gat. You kind of have to, right?