Twenty-four years after the semi-beloved Jean Claude Van Damme action movie, almost ten years since the best-forgotten Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li and just a few years after Machisma’s web series, Capcom aren’t quite ready to give up the ghost on STREET FIGHTER.
Joey Ansah, Jacqueline Quella and Mark Wooding, who made the live-action web series Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist for Machisma in 2014 will exec. produce with eOne handling international sales.
The new series is said to draw upon the “World Warrior” story arc introduced in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior back in 1991, and it will center on four popular protagonists from the games: Ryu, Ken, Guile and Chun-Li, who take on the criminal organization Shadaloo and its mastermind M. Bison. This takes the quartet to the World Warrior Tournament where they have to fight some of the world’s most powerful warriors.
eOne acquired almost half of Gordon’s company Mark Gordon Co. three years ago, and earlier this year, they bought the rest of the company, making Gordon the President and Chief Content Officer, Film, Television and Digital, overseeing all of the company’s creative ventures. Street Fighter is one of first major new TV projects at eOne since Gordon was promoted to the new position.
If you were alive anywhere in the world since the late ’80s, it would be almost impossible to avoid the Street Fighter phenomenon, because Capcom has kept the video game franchise alive both through arcade and home consoles with the game’s players being the most competitive among gamers even to this day.
Joey Ansah wrote and directed the 12-episode Machisma live-action web series Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, produced by Wooding and Quella. It generated 16 million viewers during its initial release and was considered one of the most faithful adaptations of the franchise, so it makes sense that Gordon will retain their involvement for the new TV series.
“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,” Gordon said in a statement. “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.”
Yoshinori Ono, Capcom’s Executive Producer for Street Fighter added, “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.”
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor