Legendary Acquires Film and TV Rights to Street Fighter Franchise
According to a recent report, Legendary has acquired the film and TV rights to the popular fighting game franchise, Street Fighter, and will be partnering with Capcom to develop future adaptations. The iconic fighting game franchise has been a fan-favorite since its inception in 1987 with the first arcade game release. Since then, it has spawned numerous sequels, remakes, and spin-offs, garnering a loyal following of gamers worldwide.
The franchise’s popularity can be attributed to its memorable cast of characters, such as Ryu, Ken, and M. Bison, each with their unique moves and fighting styles. Fans of the franchise will also remember the franchise’s signature moves, such as Ryu’s “Hadouken!” Legendary’s partnership with Capcom to develop future adaptations of the franchise has excited fans, who are hopeful that the upcoming films and TV shows will do justice to the beloved franchise.
However, previous attempts to bring Street Fighter to the big screen have been disappointing. In 1994, Universal released a film adaptation of the game, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as Col. Guile. The film’s cast also included Kylie Minogue, Ming-Na Wen, and the late Raul Julia.
Despite its star-studded cast, the film failed to impress critics and audiences, becoming a commercial and critical failure. In 2009, 20th Century Fox released a second adaptation, titled Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, which starred Kristin Kreuk in the lead role. The film fared no better than its predecessor and received negative reviews from critics and audiences alike.
It’s worth noting that video game adaptations have been notoriously difficult to pull off successfully in Hollywood. However, with Legendary’s impressive track record, including successful franchises like Godzilla and Pacific Rim, It can be inferred that the company has the potential to handle the beloved franchise with respect and quality.
What are your thoughts about this news? Are you in for a proper Street Fighter TV or Film Adaptation? How Legendary can do justice to the franchise in the film/TV department? Let’s discuss this in the comment section below.
Source: Hollywood Reporter