The Street Fighter movie holds a special place in my heart alongside other video game adaptations from the ’90s like Super Mario Bros. and Mortal Kombat: I know that technically they’re not good movies or whatever, but who cares? They’re awesome and I love them. At least, I did when I was 10.
So I wasn’t sure how to feel after finding out that new Street Fighter TV series that’s currently in development, per a Deadline report.
The new TV series—which will “draw on the game’s World Warrior story-arc” and will feature characters like Ken, Ryu, Guile, Chun-Li, and M. Bison—has a solid pedigree for sure. The people executive producing it previously created Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, a live-action web series from Machinima that followed Ryu and Ken’s early years as martial arts students. That series was pretty well-received, as far as I know, at least as well as any web-series based on video games can be received. Capcom apparently approves, as the developer worked with the Assassin’s Fist people to find a suitable studio in Entertainment One, according to Street Fighter executive producer Yoshinori Ono. They must be doing something right.
But that’s where my reservations start. Sure, Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist is a well-made, serious take on a small part of Street Fighter’s lore, but it’s almost too serious (as much as a movie featuring a guy wearing a Ken wig and a bright red gi can be considered serious). The 1994 Street Fighter movie, on the other hand, was an over-the-top, highly stylized, cartoonish action movie that pretty accurately captures the over-the-top, highly stylized, cartoonish designs of the characters themselves.
Compare this trailer for Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist…
…to this trailer for 1994’s Street Fighter.
“Now who wants to go home, and who wants to go with me?”
Obviously I want to go with you, Guile.
I’m going to keep an open mind, but if Jean-Claude Van Damme doesn’t even make a cameo, I promise will be writing eOne some letters.