For those of you who never tire of the video game to TV/Film adaptations, you’ll be pleased to here EOne has closed a deal to develop a TV series based on one-on-one beat em up colossus Street Fighter.
EOne will also finance and produce the project. The team responsible for the live-action web series, Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist Joey Ansah, Jacqueline Quella and Mark Wooding will also be a part of the project and are set to executive produce.
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Street Fighter the series will draw on the game’s World Warrior story-arc — introduced in the 1991 Street Fighter II: The World Warrior sequel to the original game — as the jumping off point, centring on four protagonists: Ryu, Ken, Guile and Chun-Li. Together, they fight to take down M. Bison, the evil mastermind who runs Shadaloo, a global criminal organization. Though on different journeys, our heroes’ paths will cross as they are drawn into the World Warrior Tournament, a competition devised by M. Bison to find the most powerful and capable fighter in the world. On the journey they come to share, they must draw on their strength, skills, intelligence and loyalty in a battle to survive and emerge as the World Warrior.
The 30-year franchise has made numerous appearances on the small and big screen including the 1994 film which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme along with supporting performances by Byron Mann, Damian Chapa, Kylie Minogue, Ming-Na Wen and Wes Studi. Despite being panned by critics and fans of the game, the film became a commercial success.
The outlook for the new series is looking bright with Joey Ansah on board. He had written and directed the 12-episode live-action web series Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist. It went on to generate 16 million viewers during its initial 2014 release and was hailed at the time as one of the best and most faithful adaptations of the gaming franchise to date.