Legendary Entertainment, the company behind movies like Dune and Interstellar, has purchased the rights to the Street Fighter franchise. It will work closely with developer Capcom on future movie and TV adaptations of the beloved fighting game series, though no projects were revealed to currently be in development.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Legendary has bought the rights to the Street Fighter franchise from Capcom and aims to develop multiple movie and television projects based on the IP. As of December 2022, the video game franchise accumulated over 49 million copies in sales, making it one of the most successful fighting game properties in gaming. As of writing, no new projects have been announced though we can surely expect a big-budget movie adaptation to be revealed in the future.
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The Street Fighter games are no stranger to movie adaptations. Hollywood attempted to adapt Street Fighter twice on the big screen in the past to critical and commercial failure. The first movie adaptation was released in 1994 and starred Jean-Claude Van Damme as Guile and Kylie Minogue as Cammy, including the late Raúl Juliá as General M. Bison. The movie was panned back then but has since become somewhat of a cult hit for some fans.
A second movie adaptation, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, released in 2009 and somehow managed to perform worse than its predecessor. It starred Smallville actress Krisin Kreuk as Chun-Li. On a budget of $50 million, it only managed to earn $12.8 million back from box office earnings and received a harsh 3% on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s widely regarded as one of the worst video game movie adaptations today.
Hopefully Legendary Entertainment has taken note of these past missteps and put together a plan to make more faithful adaptations of Street Fighter.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter