[TV] Machinima To Air Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.14.2014
A new series...
Superhero Hype reports that a new live-action web series called Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist is set to air on Machinima. It is distributed by Content Media and was created by Ansah (The Bourne Ultimatum, Snow White and the Huntsman), who was on the creative team for Street Fighter: Legacy, which has received 5 million views so far.
Ansah will play Akuma in the series. He wrote the script with Christian Howard, who will return to play Ken Masters from the fan film. The series also stars Mike Moh as Ryu, Togo Igawa (47 Ronin, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) as Gōtetsu, Akira Koieyama as Gōken, Gaku Space as Gōki, Mark Killeen (300: Rise of an Empire, The Dark Knight Rises) as Mr. Masters, and Hal Yamanouchi as Senzo. The film will focus on the origins and history of Ken and Ryu.
Allen DeBevoise, Chairman, Co-Founder and CEO of Machinima, said: "This series was meant for Machinima. We have successfully launched popular game-inspired web series in the past, and Street Fighter is about as iconic as they come. We couldn't be more excited about working with the incredible production team behind the series and the folks over at Capcom to launch not only a compelling and action-packed series in its own right, but also one that stays true to the Street Fighter lore. After the success of Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2, we will once again provide all of the episodes on the day of launch to our fans to ensure they get exactly what they want—the entire series from start to finish!"
Matt Dahlgren, Senior Product Manager at Capcom, added: "We can't wait for our fans to get the opportunity to experience Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist. Working with filmmakers who are so passionate about the brand was an extremely rewarding process and we couldn't be more pleased with the results. Their work embodies the heart and soul of what Street Fighter is and we're thrilled that Machinima will be able to deliver the epic series to those who care about the celebrated franchise as much as we do.
It's the latest Machinima live-action series based on a video game. It will feature fight moves and action by the cast that are true to the games and performed with attention to detail. It follows last year's Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2, as well as other series like Mortal Kombat: Legacy and Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. The three shows have brought in over 130 million views.
Here's a synopsis: A thrilling, multilayered series, Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist takes the audience back to the formative years of iconic characters Ryu and Ken as they live a traditional warrior's life in secluded Japan. The boys are, unknowingly, the last practitioners of the ancient fighting style known as "Ansatsuken" (Assassin's Fist). The series follows them as they learn about the mysterious past of their master, Gōken, and the tragic, dark legacy of the Ansatsuken style. Can their destiny be changed, or will history repeat itself? Through the coming of age story of Ken & Ryu, we are shown the back story of some of the game's most iconic characters, and over the course of the series we will see how the past, present, and future of all of those characters are intertwined, as the battle to become Ansatsuken Master threatens to tear apart another generation of brothers.
When asked about the project last year at the San Diego Comic-Con, Ansah said: "Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist is what a live-action Street Fighter should be. This takes the story right back to the start: the origins and motivations of Ryu, Ken, Gōken and Akuma. This will become the definitive back-story from which further epic adventures will follow."
Quella added: "Our priority is to stay true to the appearance, fighting techniques, and canon of the Street Fighter game. At the same time, we've managed to make this an emotion- and character-driven story, which will surprise viewers who might just be expecting a super-faithful fight fest!"
The series is being produced by Assassin's Fist Limited in the UK, along with Lonely Rock Productions, Gloucester Place Films, Capcom U.S.A., Inc. and Europa Film.