Fighting game fans who are old enough will surely remember 1994's hit film Street Fighter: The Movie. I mean, how could you possibly forget Jean-Claude Van Damme's handsome face on the movie poster/VHS case? These same fans will likely remember that this movie, based off the popular Street Fighter video game series, launched its own video game, which had very little to do with the original Street Fighter titles.
Well, Capcom has never been a company to shy away from making a buck or two through means most of us would call questionable—and many of us would call downright immoral—and they've officially signed with Universal Pictures for a film version of this video game based off a movie based off a video game.
No cast members have been officially announced yet, but it's rumored that Jean-Claude himself will be making a cameo. Also, one of the gaffers on the project spent a few hours on the set of Titanic, so we can be assured Universal will gaffer the hell out of this film.
Interestingly enough, an anonymous source at Capcom has been using a fake Twitter account to promote this film. Some of the details spilled so far claim the film will be shot in full 3D, and will deliver "an experience no true Street Fighter fan should miss. Unless they like being punched in the face."
The twist on the traditional Street Fighter formula is that the writers hope to spend much time dwelling on the emotional and psychological states of these characters. "Don't think there won't be fighting," claims one writer. "There will be. But we're going to spend much more time focusing on the elements that make these characters human. Expect much of the film to follow the internal monologue of these fighters. Expect to feel the intense emotional turmoil these characters experience. Expect to cry a lot. We doubt there will be a single dry eye in the theater once the heartbreaking conclusion rolls."
It's also been rumored that Capcom has already filed a trademark for something called "Street Fighter: The Movie: The Game: The Movie: The Arcade Experience." By "Arcade Experience," could they possibly mean "video game?" Probably. We don't have many details on this "Arcade Experience" yet, but we imagine that if it comes to consoles it will have DLC. Probably right on the game disc. In fact, we suspect that the number one way this game will fell like an arcade game is that players will have to keep plugging money into it in order to maintain their competitive edge.
We've reached out to Capcom for some more information on this "interesting" project. We've since been told to please stop contacting them.
Editor / News Director
Date: April 1, 2012
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