Here’s some news off the heels of the…well…recent news that Legendary Pictures has acquired the CAPCOM property Street Fighter to adapt into another live adaptation.
It would appear that Australian siblings Danny and Michael Philippou, who helmed the horror flick Talk to Me, is being eyed to helm the next generation film that will hopefully resurrect the video game property after a series of failed attempt films. The brothers were YouTube sensations before helming the horror movie which has been the talk of the town after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival.
I haven’t seen Talk to Me or any of the brothers’ YouTube material so I don’t really have a thought on this. Evidently they must have something in the creative department to be on the rise like this so hopefully they’re fans of the game and will do it justice if they get the gig. It can’t be any worse than the last Street Fighter flick…or could it? We shall see that transpires. I just want one, OK maybe two, worthy Street Fighter flicks to see before I leave this Earth. My thoughts on what will work for the movie are below from my last article on this subject so feel free to scroll down and agree with me if you like.
(Original Article) The only real success to a live action Street Fighter project besides the ANIME that treated the franchise with respect came in 2014 when a web series called Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist helmed by martial arts expert and filmmaker Joey Ansah appeared. It was a stripped down and bare bones series that was eventually turned into a feature length movie that was released on home video. A subsequent sequel, Street Fighter: Resurrection was also unveiled which featured Kickboxer reboot franchise star Alain Moussi. Both series features impressive fight choreography and action but Ansah said goodbye to the project when behind the scenes chaos began to reign.
There is the 1994 tongue in cheek Street Fighter flick that starred JCVD and the late, great Raul Julia and it has gone on to reach cult level status throughout the years. It’s a fun movie for genre fans but it took liberties with characters, miscast key roles (Damian Chapa as Ken, really?) and went light on the martial arts action to the point where it almost seemed geared to adolescents. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a fan but it had its issues. The other film is Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li…and well, we just won’t speak of that movie as it nearly killed any more prospects of ever getting a live action treatment again.
There is no other info on the film that is in development but we can only hope that this acquisition of the property and this current director rumor will finally give fight film fans a big budget Street Fighter flick worthy of the name. Here’s an idea for those that are developing the movie. Cast the right people in the beloved roles, stay true to the story and above all, respect the action set pieces while hiring a fight coordinator that is worthy. Oh, and probably hire a stunt professional to helm seeing as that trend is gold right now.
I’m sure that many of you out there have already started your Expendables worthy wish list of actors and actresses that should star in the movie. I have a few ideas up my sleeve and maybe will reveal a cast in the future.
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