That’s according to a report by Japanese publication Nikkan Gendai – spotted by Kotaku – which claims that actor Takuya Kimura plans to adapt the action-RPG series into a show for Asahi Television called “The Unjudged”.
It’s also claimed that a live-action movie adaptation for Judgment could be in development alongside the TV project.
Kimura is a recognised television actor and celebrity in Japan and appeared as the Sega game’s protagonist in both of its video game instalments.
If true, the report is the first indication that Kimura intends to maintain his involvement with the Judgment franchise beyond last year’s game sequel.
Lost Judgment trailer
Last summer it was reported in the Japanese press that Lost Judgment may be the final game in the Judgment series due to ongoing issues with Sega and Kimura’s talent agency.
Japanese showbiz news site Nikkan Taishu claimed last July that Kimura’s talent agency Johnny & Associates had been blocking PC versions of games in the Judgment series because they didn’t want Kimura to appear in PC games, likely due to image rights issues.
The report claimed that Sega had been trying to bring Judgment and Lost Judgment to Steam, but because the agency was blocking this from happening it could draw a line under the series after Lost Judgment.
In the latest report by Nikkan Gendai, it’s claimed that Kimura has pulled out of popular Japanese television series BG Personal Bodyguard after its second season, because he does not like playing the same character three times and being compared to previous seasons.
VGC’s Lost Judgment review praised the game, saying: “Lively combat and engrossing social clubs keep you busy, but it’s the much-improved detective story that elevates Lost Judgment above the original.”