Capcom USA and Assassin’s Fist Limited have signed an agreement to produce a live-action series based on Street Fighter, brought to you by the team behind the YouTube sensation Street Fighter: Legacy.
To be called Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, the series will take the audience back to the formative years of the iconic characters, Ryu and Ken, as they live a traditional warrior’s life in secluded Japan. The boys are, unknowingly, the last practitioners of the ancient fighting style known as “Ansatsuken” (Assassin’s Fist). The series follows them as they learn about the mysterious past of their Master, Gouken, and the tragic and dark legacy of the Ansatsuken style. Can their destiny be changed…or will history repeat itself?
Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, the brain-child of Joey Ansah, is being brought to the screen by the core team behind the hugely successful YouTube fan movie Street Fighter: Legacy.
“Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist will be what fans have been waiting for. Legacy was a taster; a glimpse of what a live-action Street Fighter should be,” said Joey Ansah. “This takes the story right back to the start – the origins and motivations of Ryu, Ken, Gouken and Akuma. This will become the definitive back-story from which further epic adventures will follow.”
Street Fighter: Legacy become one of the most successful YouTube movies of all time in the film & animation category, with over eight million views. Christian Howard, who starred as Ken in Legacy has co-written the script for Assassin’s Fist with Joey Ansah.
“Our priority is to stay true to the appearance, fighting techniques and canon of the Street Fighter game,” says Howard. “At the same time we’ve managed to make this an emotion and character-driven story, which will surprise viewers who might just be expecting a super faithful fight fest!.”
The series will be directed by Joey Ansah who, as Desh, was part of one of the most celebrated movie fight scenes of all time, in The Bourne Ultimatum; and who was recently at the heart of the action in Snow White And The Huntsman.
The series was announced by Capcom’s producer for Street Fighter, Yoshinori Ono, at San Doego Comic-Con, and will be distributed worldwide by Content Media Corporation for a release in 2013.