Dimension added to Dead or Alive film

Genre film distributors gets rights to Corey Yuen's game-based martial arts flick; fall release planned.

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While survival horror games, first-person shooters, and action games seem to be all the rage when it comes to subject matter for movies these days, the fighting game might be gaining some ground on those genres. Variety is reporting today that the genre-based arm of Miramax, Dimension Films, has picked up the rights to distribute director Corey Yuen's upcoming film take on Tecmo's Dead or Alive series in North America next fall. Tekken and Mortal Kombat are also scheduled to get new film adaptations next year.

Yuen's resume seems tailor-made for a movie based on a fighting game. His career as a fight choreographer in films has spanned several decades, from old-school martial arts classics like The Instant Kung Fu Man and Drunken Master, to more recent fare like Lethal Weapon 4 and The One, both of which were made with longtime collaborator Jet Li.

The film was shot in China and boasts a number of recognizable faces in its lineup. Devon Aoki (Sin City, Fast and the Furious) will star as Kasumi, with Shane Kosugi (son of '80s ninja film mainstay Sho Kosugi) taking the role of Ninja Gaiden star Ryu Hyabusa. Jaime Pressly (My Name Is Earl, Joe Dirt) takes the role of wrestling vixen Tina Armstrong, while actual pro wrestler Kevin Nash (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze, the Adam Sandler remake of The Longest Yard) will play her disapproving father, Bass.

The cast is rounded out by Sarah Carter (Final Destination 2, K-9: P.I.), Natassia Malthe (Elektra, K-9: P.I.), Matthew Marsden (Black Hawk Down, Anacondas: Hunt for the Blood Orchid), Eric Roberts (Runaway Train, The Specialist), and Mortal Kombat's own Liu Kang, Robin Shou.

Earlier this month, Variety reported that Dimension Films had signed an agreement with Crystal Sky Pictures to distribute the film based on Konami's Castlevania in North America.

Discussion

42 comments
sniper2k0
sniper2k0

The movie is actually quite good...NOT!

deckmaster2004
deckmaster2004

i just have a bad feeling about this, maybe a NG action movie would be nice but a DOA action ecchi movie with REAL CAST... i dont like this

DeathgiverX
DeathgiverX

If there is a God, please just let it die before they release it, PLEASE!

inYuashiaZero
inYuashiaZero

if they want the series to live on forever they will kill the movie, i apprive of the MK movie though ive been waiting for a new one. and its already had 2 good yet crapy movies so what ever or mabey they should change the movie name to "no this is not DOA it just looks like it and has no realation)

volumesoxxs
volumesoxxs

I saw the teaser, this show is going to bomb it looks so lame.

Reyveign
Reyveign

Meh, shouldn'ta said anything before seeing the teaser. Pfeh, IMO its gonna suck. *Sigh* Can't these directors get anything right?

Reyveign
Reyveign

As long as Uwe Boll isn't the director, I think this movie has a chance... but then again, maybe not. I suppose we'll see.

rodimus_prime85
rodimus_prime85

Is it even going to follow the plot of the game? Or are we going to be looking forward to another Street Fighter, The Incrediably Poor Movie?

LeiGet
LeiGet

It'll have a better chance than Doom. Quote from John Carmack, programmer of Doom: "Story in a game is like a story in a porn movie. It's expected to be there, but it's not that important."

LiGhTNiNG-RaY
LiGhTNiNG-RaY

I don't know what other might have think about this coming movie, but honestly I don't like it... I've seen the trailer... It's not even like the DoA game itself. I mean character are not even resemble to the fighter profile... I've seen the actress play as Ayane is a lot older than the actress that play as Kasumi... Isn't Ayane suppose to be younger than Kasumi? Why do they messed up the good game? It would be nice if it resembles the game... especially the character profile...

EvIlKiNgKoOpA
EvIlKiNgKoOpA

if they dont got a good plot they better have the hottest chick half naked ofcourse for us guys to have something to see and i know none of those DOA chicks have C cup sizes bras :P

sprawwl
sprawwl

I have a bad feeling about this game. From what I've seen, movies based around fights tend to be: 1. hopelessly lame 2. not very good at portraying fighting 3. hopelessly lame let's just hope that this one is an exception. I'm not holding my breath, though...

silentmobius
silentmobius

Ohhh boy, I just saw the trailer of this movie online. Lets just say that it makes Street Fighter the movie look like a classic award winner.

Eclipse_ShinRa
Eclipse_ShinRa

lets just hope they dont miss this moive up 2 :P

Eclipse_ShinRa
Eclipse_ShinRa

bdub20791 is right, Motalcombat, Doom, just sucked, the ony movie i seen that as good off a game was FFAC, and soon to be halo

ewjim
ewjim

When do they finish to make BAD films from GREAT games?!! :evil: Shame on they heads!!!

lostn
lostn

Any word on Dennis Rodman as Zack?

GunBlade2112
GunBlade2112

the last fighting games movies to come out were mortal kombat, and everyone's favorite mistake The STREET FIGHTER MOVIE. holy holy crap. my eyes are burning...

Blobio-
Blobio-

magus is right...fighting but no solid plot? -_-

CrashSpyro123
CrashSpyro123

It should've been a CG movie like Advent Children since the cast doesn't exactly fit the enhanced models that Tecmo has created.

xypher7
xypher7

This movie is gonna suck and ill tell u why. Devin Aoki! She's really hot and a great person to play Kasumi except one little detail, shes got the chest of a brick wall and thats not gonna fly for Kasumi. I've seen a pic and i cried tears of sorrow...hopefully there'll be some hellr editing of tricks or something otherwise prepare the waterworks...

SuperSamyon
SuperSamyon

Just found the answer to my own question, he played Super Shredder... Ill be dang... never knew that.

SuperSamyon
SuperSamyon

Kevin Nash played in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2????? What role did he play?

LotusboyRock
LotusboyRock

well as long as uwe boll isnt near it it might have a chance not to suck complete ass... i hope for the best

crithon
crithon

You've got to be kidding me Personally I wouldn't mind a Anime like Battle Arena Toshinden, but a live action film with Devon Aoki? I say this again, Why make a bad film when you can make a great game.

bdub20791
bdub20791

i almost hope they DONT make a story. Did any of you remember Mortal Kombat? Or Street Fighter? OR ANY OTHER VIDEO GAME BASED MOVIE. Just wait for halo, just wait for halo...

Early
Early

Don't forget that beautiful Holly Valance will also play a role in this movie. :-)

Alpha1972
Alpha1972

This should be entertaining...nothing more..nothing less. As long as it privde action, I am there.

magus704
magus704

Let's face it, the fights might be cool, but what about the story. Oh yeah, I forgot, fighting games always have really lame stories. Guess that means we won't be riveted by something dramatically gripping huh?

Syntax_Error
Syntax_Error

This is from the same guy who worked on Drunken Master and The Transporter? I'm sold =D

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Sounds like a good idea, and coming from a martial arts expert, it should be realistic combat in a make believe world.

CountZero
CountZero

Let's not forget that Corey Yuen directed the recent film "The Transporter", as well as doing fight choreogaphy for the sequel. As the DoA games are fighting games, we should get movie based on a video game which focuses completely on one of the primary things that made the game popular the fighting... and maybe we'll have some bouncing boobies too.