I grew up on Street Fighter, It seemed like I played that game everyday for I don't know how many years. Unfortunately for all of us Street Fighter fans, we never got a decent film adaptation! Even as a kid I hated the Jean Claude Van Damme version. Then most recently there was Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li with Kristin Kreuk, which I watched about 15 minutes of on HBO before I changed the channel becuase it was so bad.
So will we ever see a decent Street Fighter movie. To be honest at this point I could care less because it seemed like there was no one out there that actually knew how to tackle the video game property. Today when I checked my e-mail I found a couple teaser trailers to a fan made concept film that could be interesting.
The short film was made by actor Joey Ansah who was in The Bourne Ultimatum. He gathered together a bunch of his friends and colleagues to create a Street Fighter short film called Street Fighter Laegacy, and there's no doubt this guy is a big fan, but does that mean he's got what it takes to bring this movie to life? Here is what he said on his website.
As an actor, film maker and a fan, I have been repeatedly disappointed by the many diluted, un faithful and outright butchered movie adaptations of fighting video games. It was clear to me, that given the way the movie industry worked, we would never see a super faithful, darker toned and more adult themed (or just plain good!) incarnation of Street fighter unless a die-hard fan director or film-making team with the game canon knowledge, film making know how and connections stepped up to the plate to helm such a project.
So almost a year ago, I began writing treatments and a production design brief and partnered with Streetlight films before proposing my concept and vision to Capcom. I’m pleased to say they gave their blessing and permission for the project to move forward.
Ansah describes the short film he made as a “love letter to the Fans and the brilliance of the game.” The full short film will be released online this coming Thursday, but here the two teaser trailers to show you what's in store.
What do you think?