Fresh off the success of their highly anticipated horror film, “Talk to Me,” the dynamic YouTube-turned-directing duo, Danny and Michael Philippou, are now gearing up to bring the iconic Capcom fighting game series, Street Fighter, to the big screen. While the film’s details have been mostly kept under wraps, we do know that Legendary Entertainment is backing the project in collaboration with the game studio. Excited about their upcoming venture, the brothers discussed their plans during an interview with Perri Nemiroff at SDCC.
Street Fighter has long been regarded as the pioneer of the fighting game genre, especially with the groundbreaking release of “Street Fighter II: The World Warrior,” which introduced face-to-face, player-vs-player competition and took arcades by storm. The game’s rich lore, memorable characters like Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, and others, have captivated fans and lent themselves to exploring new mediums beyond gaming.
This isn’t the first attempt to adapt Street Fighter for the big screen, as a live-action movie in 1994 starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Raul Julia received mixed reviews despite its campy charm. Animated adaptations also followed with varying success. The core of the story typically centers around the titular Street Fighter tournament, where the world’s strongest fighters gather to compete, while the sinister machinations of the villainous M. Bison’s Shadaloo loom in the background.
Danny and Michael Philippou are excited about the creative freedom their adaptation affords them, as there isn’t an established film franchise to adhere to. They look forward to diving into the world of action films and crafting unique and spectacular set pieces, having previously pushed boundaries in designing stunt rigs for their YouTube content.
The brothers are enthusiastic about delving into the lore of Street Fighter and exploring the characters’ origins, which has inspired them with countless ideas to make something extraordinary for the screen. Although Street Fighter might not be their immediate next project, they are open to the possibility of another film before taking on this ambitious adaptation.
While the Philippou brothers are fully focused on bringing Street Fighter to life, they are also considering expanding their film “Talk to Me” with a trilogy, backed by a comprehensive mythology bible. Legendary Entertainment, not stopping at the film adaptation, has also acquired the television rights to the franchise.
When asked about their approach to the Street Fighter adaptation, Danny and Michael emphasized their desire to pay tribute to the characters’ iconic moves, such as the Hadokens, and visually translate their unique powers onto the screen. Additionally, they aim to capture the essence and energy of the game’s iconic settings where the thrilling fights take place.
The brothers believe that despite the characters’ already rich backstory, they can further deepen and enrich the essence of the characters, maintaining the essence while adding new dimensions to their portrayals. They are excited to contribute to the existing wealth of comics and books based on these beloved characters.
Fans eagerly anticipate updates on the Street Fighter film adaptation, and in the meantime, they can enjoy the trailer for “Talk to Me,” which is set to release on July 28.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about adaptation of Street Fighter
What is the focus of the Philippou brothers’ upcoming film project?
The focus of the Philippou brothers’ upcoming film project is to bring Capcom’s long-running fighting game series, Street Fighter, to the big screen through an exciting adaptation.
What is the background of the Street Fighter franchise?
Street Fighter is considered the godfather of the fighting game genre, with its groundbreaking release of “Street Fighter II: The World Warrior,” which revolutionized the genre with face-to-face, player-vs-player competition and became a phenomenon in arcades.
What can fans expect from the upcoming Street Fighter adaptation?
While most of the film’s details are currently kept under wraps, fans can expect an epic action film with spectacular set pieces, paying tribute to the iconic moves and powers of the beloved Street Fighter characters.
Has Street Fighter been adapted for the big screen before?
Yes, Street Fighter has been adapted for the big screen in the past. The 1994 live-action film “Street Fighter: The Movie” starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Raul Julia attempted to bring the characters and story to life, but it received mixed reviews from audiences.
How do the Philippou brothers plan to approach the Street Fighter adaptation?
The Philippou brothers are excited about the creative freedom their adaptation affords them. They want to delve into the rich lore of Street Fighter, explore the characters’ origins, and create something unique that hasn’t been seen before on the grand scale of a big-budget action film.
Will the Philippou brothers’ adaptation be part of an established film franchise?
No, the adaptation will not be part of an established film franchise. This gives the brothers the freedom to craft their own overall arc for the Street Fighter series if they plan to make multiple films.
What are the Philippou brothers’ other potential film plans?
While Street Fighter is a major focus, the Philippou brothers are also considering expanding their film “Talk to Me” with a trilogy based on a comprehensive mythology bible.
Is Legendary Entertainment involved in the Street Fighter adaptation?
Yes, Legendary Entertainment is backing the production of the Street Fighter adaptation, joining forces with the game studio for this exciting project.
Are there any specific elements the Philippou brothers want to preserve from the Street Fighter lore?
Yes, the brothers want to pay tribute to the iconic moves of the characters, such as the Hadokens, and visually bring their unique powers to life on the screen. They also aim to do justice to the game’s iconic settings, where the thrilling fights take place.
When can fans expect updates on the Street Fighter film adaptation?
Fans can stay tuned for updates on the Street Fighter film adaptation by following FilmSweep, the source of the current interview with the Philippou brothers, and other related news outlets.
When will “Talk to Me” be released?
“Talk to Me” is set to be released on July 28, giving fans an opportunity to see the directing duo’s work ahead of their highly-anticipated Street Fighter adaptation.