The video game industry could be facing a turning point in a sense as something that has been long associated with utter disappointment could soon give us a level of depth never before seen in a video game. No, I’m not talking about some new tech fad or how we actually play our games, but how we see our favorite video games adapted into the much sought after realm of live-action. Movies or TV shows based on video games have had a checkered history with some being great (Mortal Kombat), some being ok (Silent Hill), and some being complete abominations (Doom).
After already giving us one film that was ok if not campy and another that featured a member of the Black Eyed Peas, Capcom is giving the Street Fighter franchise another go on the movie front. Teased about some time ago, Capcom announced yesterday at the San Diego Comic Con that Street Fighter will be returning to the world of live-action cinema in a new series. The news of Street Fighter’s return to the world of cinema may seem like it’s not worth celebrating since Capcom obviously doesn’t know how to make a good movie. That may sound harsh but again I would like to use Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li as my main WTF example.
There is reason to be excited for this new Street Fighter endeavor as its being handled by none other than the same chaps who made Street Fighter: Legacy. The short film that took gamers by storm nearly two years ago is being used as the key influence in the new SF project dubbed Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist. Helmed by actor/martial artist Joey Ansah and Christian Howard, SF: Assassin’s Fist will follow Ken, Ryu and Akuma in their early years as we learn more about them along with learning more about Gouken, their ever mysterious master.
Key details on the project weren’t announced but Assassin’s Fist is expected to begin principle photography next Spring for a mid to late release in 2013. The project itself will be released in a series of episodes, likely akin to Mortal Kombat: Legacy, but I’m sure Capcom will release the entire series as a movie on Blu-ray and via digital platforms.
It may have only taken twenty-five years to happen, but it seems like Capcom has finally realized how important a good Street Fighter project can be and in turn have found the actual talent to make such a thing a reality. Street Fighter: Legacy was slick as hell so if that same magic can be tapped for Assassin’s Fist then we may see something special, that’s pending of course Capcom supplies the required budget to give the project the extra oomph it needs.
We as gamers should also feel a bit fortunate that the franchises we love are actually in the hands of creative figures who actually give the damn about properties. With Kevin Tancharoen being a huge MK nut I’m sure the new Mortal Kombat movie will be amazing and in turn the same thing will likely happen with Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist given the fandom Joey Ansah has for the franchise. Sure, it may have only taken a good chunk of time to happen, but in the end the wait for a good live-action Street Fighter project could end up being worth it.