Machinima to Air Action Series Inspired by Capcom’s ‘Street Fighter’ Franchise
Machinima is partnering with Assassin’s Fist Limited and Capcom USA to launch “Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist,” a new live-action series based on the popular “Street Fighter” game franchise, on YouTube.
A coming-of-age tale, “Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist” follows the two most popular characters in the video-game franchise: brothers Ken and Ryu. Through their backstory, the series will also feature other iconic characters from the game, including Goken, Goki, Senzo, and Mr. Masters, and how their lives are intertwined with the duo at the center of the show.
The series is inspired by “Street Fighter: Legacy,” a fan film created by Joey Ansah that’s close to hitting 5 million views on YouTube. As an actor, Ansah has appeared in films like “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “Snow White and the Huntsman,” and “Attack the Block.”
The project was first announced by Ansah, who directs and stars as Akuma, at last year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
Written by Ansah and Christian Howard, the series also stars Howard (reprising his role as Ken Masters from the original fan film), Mike Moh, Gaku Space, Akira Koieyama, Hal Yamanouchi, Togo Igawa (“47 Ronin”), and Mark Killeen (“The Dark Knight Rises”).
“Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist” is produced by the UK-based Assassin’s Fist Limited in association with Lonely Rock Productions, Gloucester Place Films, Capcom USA, and Evropa Film. Jacqueline Quella also serves as producer. The series is distributed by Content Media.
Speaking of which, this isn’t the first time Machinima has distributed a live-action web series based on a popular video-game franchise. In previous years, the gaming/video/entertainment network has been the home to two seasons of “Mortal Kombat: Legacy,” which itself was inspired by a popular fan-made film, and “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.” Together, the three series have amassed more than 130 million views on Machinima.
With “Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist,” Machinima chairman and CEO Allen DeBevoise* says the network will release all episodes at once, a strategy it started implementing with the second season of “Mortal Kombat: Legacy.”
A release date wasn’t provided for the show, though the producers say it will be announced shortly.
Here’s the teaser: