Legendary circles directors for Street Fighter movie

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Talk To Me's Danny and Michael Philippou are in line to helm a new movie adaptation of the Street Fighter games.

Although it certainly has a cult following and an undeniable campy charm, most consider 1994’s Street Fighter film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Raul Julia, Ming Na Wen and Kylie Minogue to have fallen some way short of capturing the source game franchise’s potential. The behind-the-scenes goings on for that film production are the stuff of legend, with toymaker Hasbro getting far too much say in the project’s creative direction, resulting in a final movie that was bafflingly different from the beloved video game it was based on.

Just a year or so later, a feature-length anime version of Street Fighter would offer a tantalising glimpse of what a cool project a more faithful Street Fighter movie could be and that’s what we’ve been hoping for, ever since it was revealed earlier this month that Legendary Pictures had acquired the rights to Street Fighter. 

The production company looks to be moving forward pretty quickly with a film project and whilst there’s been no word as to yet on just how faithful the movie might be, Legendary looks to have already lined up its directors.

Danny and Michael Philippou are being eyed for the project with the duo being something of a hot property since their debut horror Talk To Me caused a stir at Sundance this year, kicking off something of a bidding war. A24 won that one and the film releases in July.

Little else is known about the new Street Fighter at the moment apart from mention of other accompanying projects, likely on the smaller screen. If you’re a Street Fighter fan, you can do a little Dragon Punch of joy because it looks like the intention at least, is to press ahead with this one quickly. Just not too quickly eh? We all remember 1994’s rushed-out-of-the-door Street Fighter so please Legendary, take your time and whatever you do, don’t invite the toy companies to the story meetings.

The Hollywood Reporter

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