A New Street Fighter TV Show Is In The Works, Aims To Be "Inclusive And Engaging"
The show aims to be "inclusive and engaging."
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A TV show based on Capcom's Street Fighter franchise is on the way. Media company Entertainment One is producing and financing the show, which is being developed by the same team that made the live-action internet series Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist.
According to Deadline, the new TV show will focus on Street Fighter's "World Warrior" story, focusing on four main characters: Ryu, Ken, Guile, and Chun-Li.
"Together, they fight to take down M. Bison, the evil mastermind who runs Shadaloo, a global criminal organization," reads a line from the show's description. "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."
eOne president Mark Gordon said part of what makes Street Fighter appealing to a wide audience is its diverse cast of characters. "A particular strength of Street Fighter is the wide range of ethnically diverse characters and powerful women featured in the game," he said. "It will allow us to build an inclusive and engaging TV universe."
For his part, Street Fighter series producer Yoshinori Ono said Capcom arrived at eOne after "long search" for the right partner. According to Ono, eOne has "the credentials to help us launch a faithful adaptation of Street Fighter as a major TV series."
As mentioned, Assassin's Fist creator Joey Ansah is returning for the new show. Producers Jacqueline Quella and Mark Wooding from Assassin's Fist are back as well. There is no word yet as to who will star in the show or when it will premiere, or where.
The Street Fighter series has a history of transmedia efforts. Jean-Claude Van Damme starred in the 1994 movie Street Fighter, while 2009's Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li starred Oscar nominee Michael Clarke Duncan, Kristin Kreuk, Chris Klein, and Neal McDonough.
The next Street Fighter game is a compilation package called Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, which comes out in May for PS4, Xbox One, and Switch, as well as PC. According to Capcom's public data, the Street Fighter franchise has sold 40 million copies across 84 titles since the series debuted in 1987.