If you’re a Street Fighter fan then I bring you good news! Entertainment One/Mark Gordon have made a deal to develop, produce, and adapt a TV series based on the gaming franchise. The creators of the live-action web series Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, Joey Ansah, Jacqueline Quella and Mark Wooding are set to produce.
The TV show’s source material will be the 1991 Street Fighter II: World Warrior video game. Ryu, Ken, Guile, and Chun Li will be the main protagonists. The main antagonist, of course, will be M. Bison, the boss of the evil global organization known as the Shadaloo. The story will be about the four protagonists going on different journeys that lead them to the World Warrior tournament, a competition devised by M. Bison to find the most powerful and capable fighter in the world. In this journey, we will see our heroes display their strengths, skills, intelligence, and goodwill to help them defeat M. Bison, the Shadaloo, and win the tournament.
Mark Gordon, eOne’s President, and Chief Content Officer, Film, Television and Digital said the following in a statement:
“Street Fighter is a global tour de force franchise, having garnered immense worldwide commercial success and built a vast devoted fanbase that has only grown through its 30 year legacy. We are thrilled to be teaming up with Joey, Jacqueline, and Mark, who are already so deeply connected to this brand, to bring this adored story to television audiences everywhere. A particular strength of Street Fighter is the wide range of ethnically diverse characters and powerful women featured in the game. It will allow us to build an inclusive and engaging TV universe.”
Street Fighter was released in 1987 and is the influence so many other games in the fighting genre. It is easily one of the most successful video game franchises of all-time. Street Fighter has sold more than 40 million units since it’s release. The only franchises that Capcom has that have outsold Street Fighter are Resident Evil and Monster Hunter. Street Fighter’s latest installment, Street Fighter V, is out now on PC and PS4.
Yoshinori Ono, Capcom Executive Producer for Street Fighter said this in a statement:
“After a long search, guided by the team behind Assassin’s Fist, we are delighted to be partnering with a company with the outstanding TV experience of Mark Gordon and eOne. They have the credentials to help us launch a faithful adaptation of Street Fighter as a major TV series.”
Ansah wrote and directed the web series Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist. The web series was produced by Wooding and Quella for Machinima. The series was released in 2014 and brought in 16 million viewers. It was hailed and praised as the most faithful adaptation done so far at the time.
A second season essentially was announced, Street Fighter: World Warrior, with the same creators on board. This eventually turned into the TV show announced today. There have been so many other adaptations of Street Fighter made, but they didn’t come close to what the web series had done. There are tons of Street Fighter animated series and features, the Street Fighter film featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li starring Kristin Kreuk. Hopefully, this series does well and can establish a level of success the likes of Arrow, Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and other franchises have seen thus far.
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Source – Deadline