Streetfighter TV series in development
Popular computer game franchise Street Fighter has already had two screen adaptations in the rather derided 1994 movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Kylie Minogue and 2009's Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li starring Kristin Kreuk. And now it's getting another turn on the small screen with the announcement of a TV series.
Entertainment One and Mark Gordon have closed a deal to develop, produce and finance the TV adaptation. Also executive producing are Joey Ansah, Jacqueline Quella and Mark Wooding, the team who produced live-action web series Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist.
The site has also confirmed that the series will draw on the game’s World Warrior story-arc — introduced in the 1991 Street Fighter II: The World Warrior sequel to the original game — as the jumping off point, centering on four protagonists: Ryu, Ken, Guile and Chun-Li. Here's the initial blurb...
Together, they fight to take down M. Bison, the evil mastermind who runs Shadaloo, a global criminal organization. Though on different journeys, our heroes’ paths will cross as they are drawn into the World Warrior Tournament, a competition devised by M. Bison to find the most powerful and capable fighter in the world. On the journey they come to share, they must draw on their strength, skills, intelligence and loyalty in a battle to survive and emerge as the World Warrior
Mark Gordon, Entertainment One’s President and Chief Content Officer, Film, Television and Digital made the following 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.”
Yoshinori Ono, Capcom Executive Producer for Street Fighter, also 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.”
Gordon became President and Chief Content Officer, Film, Television and Digital, at Entertainment One in late January and Street Fighter is one of first major new TV projects to developed under his tenure.