Street Fighter is back in a big way, at least the videogame, anyway. With Super Street Fighter IV heating up the sales charts the world's most popular fighting game is firmly entrenched into the hearts and minds of fans across the planet, and while this usually means an inevitable movie version was on the way, let's remember what we're talking about. Hollywood has tried before - twice - and failed miserably to accurately portray the franchise's mythos on the silver screen, and even the most hardcore World Warrior wouldn't be faulted for thinking that the dream of seeing an accurate, respectful adaptation was just that.
But just when you think that dreams can't come true, here comes a new challenger! Seemingly out of nowhere, acclaimed Hollywood stuntman and martial artist Joey Ansah (last seen in The Bourne Ultimatum) intends to throw his hat into the Street Fighter ring, and has crafted what could possibly be the most accurate live-action portrayal of any game we've ever seen. And the best part? Capcom has sanctioned the whole thing.
Oh yeah, you'd better believe it. Keep reading for more details on the upcoming Street Fighter: Legacy short-film!
Says Ansah on bringing Capcom's world to life:
"As an actor, film maker and a fan, I have been repeatedly disappointed by the many diluted, un faithful and outright butchered movie adaptations of fighting video games. It was clear to me, that given the way the movie industry worked, we would never see a super faithful, darker toned and more adult themed (or just plain good!) incarnation of Street fighter unless a die-hard fan director or film-making team with the game canon knowledge, film making know how and connections stepped up to the plate to helm such a project."
Let's face it, the internet is absolutely popping with amateur 'films' based on their creators favorite videogames, and while they may get an A for effort, most are terrible and are best forgotten. Street Fighter, in particular, has been host to many, many of these original pieces (of varying quality), although most have been done for comical effect.
The short-film, directed by Ansah and Owen Trevor (Top Gear) is filled with top-notch Hollywood talent (at least behind the scenes) including James Bond producer Anthony Waye as executive producer and visual effects from Prime Focus.
Ansah hopes the project will be "a love letter to the Fans and the brilliance of the game. As a result I've gone to every length to be as faithful as possible down to the smallest details of the costume, the choreography, the narrative, the original music themes and of course the special moves!"
And he's dead serious, with an official biography website absolutely filled with love for all things Street Fighter (love the music, btw) and strangely-accurate images of characters in full costume. Even at this stage, Street Fighter: Legacy is already the most accurate film version of the game I've ever seen, and if the final project can live up to the hype, it would be a dream come true (for fans) to see this team helm the REAL version of the game that others have tried - and failed - at in the past. Here's hoping this ambitious attempt will gain traction and finally convince the powers-that-be to take this billion-dollar franchise seriously for a change.
For more information on Street Fighter: Legacy or to learn more about Joey Ansah, check out his official website right HERE!
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