Joey Ansah isn’t the first man to try and create a live-action Street Fighter story, but he’s certainly the first one to be allowed a follow-up. Just a couple months ago, Ansah released his series Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist onto Machinima, where it was an out and out success. At the Street Fighter panel at San Diego Comic-Con, he and cast members Mike Moh and Gaku Space appeared to announce that in late 2015/early 2016, we’re primed to get the follow-up with Street Fighter: World Warrior.
Assassin’s Fist was about building up the skills of Ryu and Ken, focusing on them, as well as their master Gouken and the enigmatic demon Akuma. While it had references to fellow game characters Gen and Dan Hibiki, it mainly focused on just the four Ansatsuken practitioners. Now, in order to spare them Akuma’s wrath, Gouken has ordered the duo to journey off into the world and find their destinies. Naturally, this is where we’re going to get the cast of Street Fighter II introduced, such as Chun-Li, Zangief, Guile, and the members of Shadaloo.
One thing’s for certain: we’re most definitely going to see Sagat’s chest get ripped open at one point. Bank on it.
Once again, the series will star Mike Moh as Ryu and Christian Howard as Ken Masters.
A couple months ago, I interviewed Joey Ansah – who co-wrote, directed, and played the part of the fully-transformed Akuma in Assassin’s Fist – and it’s no secret that he’d like his good buddy and Universal Soldier series star Scott Atkins to play the part of Guile. Oh, God, I hope we get that. He also brought up the idea of possibly including Dan Hibiki in some “deleted scenes” and it looks like that’s exactly what we’re getting.
On October 28th, Assassin’s Fist is going to get a home release. Not only will it include commentary, bloopers, and behind-the-scenes featurettes, but it’ll also give us deleted scenes. At least one of which will give us that Dan action fans have been praying for. I’m rolling forward and flexing my arm in anticipation already.
October 28th is also a Tuesday, so I’ll leave the Raul Julia M. Bison jokes to you.
AN DIEGO, CA, JULY 25TH 2014: The production team behind the successful STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN’S FIST series has today announced plans for its sequel; STREET FIGHTER: WORLD WARRIOR. Joey Ansah (THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM and SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN), director and writer of Assassin’s Fist, together with cast members Mike Moh (‘Ryu’) and Gaku Space (‘Goki’), took to the stage at the Capcom Street Fighter Panel at San Diego’s Comic Con to announce the latest instalment in the adaptation of the classic videogame franchise. The new series is currently in development, with a launch date set for late 2015 / early 2016.
Producers Jacqueline Quella (ROMANZO CRIMINALE and DON’T TELL) and Mark Wooding (TOOLBOX MURDERS) together with Joey Ansah, and writer and series star Christian Howard, are responsible for the recent re-launch of STREET FIGHTER as a popular live-action franchise. STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN’S FIST debuted earlier this year on Machinima, the number-one global video entertainment network for young males, as a 12-part series. It has garnered in excess of 16 million views and has an unprecedented approval rating of 99.3%.
The new series will introduce more of the game’s iconic characters, and director Joey Ansah revealed first details of the plot: “The scale of WORLD WARRIOR is much larger, picking up where ASSASSIN’S FIST left off as we follow Ryu and Ken on their ‘Musha Shugyo’ (warrior’s pilgrimage). The Shadaloo criminal cartel will be introduced, led by the extremely dangerous M.Bison, which will naturally lead into the World Warrior tournament… and we all know what this means – fan favourites Guile, Chun-li, Sagat and Co. will be playing a big part!”
“There are some big and primal themes which we’ll be exploring in the sequel,” observed Mark Wooding. “It will be thrilling and naturally, as befits the game, the fights will be epic, but it will be driven by the characters, their stories, faults and problems. It will be a dark tale.”
Capcom’s wildly-successful STREET FIGHTER is one of the biggest fighting videogames, and has millions of fans and players worldwide. The announcement marks a return to Comic Con, the convention at which ASSASSIN’S FIST was announced in 2012.
Producer Jacqueline Quella said: “We are incredibly happy to continue our relationship with Capcom, to bring more of the iconic characters from the STREET FIGHTER videogame to the screen. We demonstrated with ASSASSIN’S FIST that an authentic, live-action version of videogames, with a compelling and dramatic storyline, can be made. We’ll be taking the same approach with the new series.”
“We are delighted to be working again with the team that did such an excellent job with STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN’S FIST,” said Matt Dahlgren, Associate Director of Brand Marketing at Capcom. “The response to it has been amazing, and working with filmmakers who are so passionate about the game is an extremely rewarding process.”
STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN’S FIST is being released internationally in autumn 2014 in DVD and Blu-ray formats, as well as on TV, video-on-demand and download-to-own. Distributed by Content Media Corporation, it was also announced at Comic Con that the DVD and Blu-ray versions of the series will include an exclusive, unreleased ‘Epilogue’ episode, as well as numerous extras; including behind-the-scenes material, deleted scenes and a Director’s commentary.
“We have gone the extra mile to ensure that the DVD/Blu-ray is packed with extras and exclusive content, to make it a ‘must own’ for fans who have already enjoyed the series on other formats. The STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN’S FIST journey is not complete until you have watched this version.” said Joey Ansah.