The Hollywood Reporter has, well, reported that Legendary Entertainment – the film production company behind the recent Dune and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – has acquired the film and TV rights to Capcom’s Street Fighter franchise.
Given the recent explosion in popularity (and arguably quality) of video game adaptations to the big and small screens, it’s a potentially exciting move for Street Fighter fans who’ve so far not had the best run of adaptations across the series’ enormous 36-year history.
The most notable Hollywood-produced works based on the franchise have been the 1994 film, simply titled Street Fighter (which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme as well as our very own Kylie Minogue), and the subsequent 2009 movie, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (which had Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas in it).
Compared to recent successes like HBO’s hugely popular live action adaptationo f The Last of Us, Netflix’s Cyberpunk: Edgerunners anime, or Nintendo’s upcoming The Super Mario Bros. Movie looking to set the box office on fire, there’s a lot of ground for Legendary to cover if it’s picked up these rights with the intent to capitalise on the market’s hunger for more video game-related content.
It comes as the next major video game installment in the series, Street Fighter 6, is just around the corner, releasing on June 6th for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S and PC.
Street Fighter 6, the next game in the iconic series, will release on June 6, 2023! Take part in the Fighting Ground, which focuses on the classic fighting game experience with modes from previous games in the series. Two new modes will be available alongside: World Tour, an immersive single-player story experience, and Battle Hub, which will further expand the scope of player communication and engagement. Your Moment. Your Fight.