STREET FIGHTER: Legendary Entertainment Acquires Rights To Franchise; Will Kick Things Off With New Movie

STREET FIGHTER: Legendary Entertainment Acquires Rights To Franchise; Will Kick Things Off With New Movie

A new live-action Street Fighter movie is in the works from Legendary Entertainment, but can the studio responsible for hits like Dune and Detective Pikachu finally put the series back on the right track?

By JoshWilding - Apr 04, 2023 10:04 AM EST
Filed Under: Street Fighter

It's been revealed (via that Legendary Entertainment has secured an exclusive license to the live-action film and television rights for the iconic Capcom video game franchise Street Fighter.

Any upcoming projects will be co-developed and produced in conjunction with Capcom, including a feature film that's currently in development. We don't have any additional details on that project right now, but we're sure this news will be welcomed by those of you who have been waiting to see Street Fighter back on the big screen. 

Since Street Fighter's launch in 1987, the series has sold over 49 million units worldwide, becoming one of the most well-known and highest-grossing video game franchises of all time.

The franchise continues to spearhead the industry in delivering innovative design and hard-hitting gameplay as the leader in the fighting game genre. The next chapter in the storied franchise, Street Fighter 6, is set to be released on June 2, on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.

Along with films based on original IP, Legendary has a successful track record for adaptations, including leading video game franchises. Recent titles include the six Academy Award-winning Dune, not to mention multiple entries in its cinematic Monsterverse, and movies like Detective Pikachu and Enola Holmes.

Hollywood has attempted to adapt Street Fighter in the past, including a 1994 movie that bombed. It starred Jean-Claude Van Damme, Kylie Minogue, Ming-Na Wen, and the late Raul Julia among others, while a 2009 effort - Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun-Li - featuring Smallville alum Kristin Kreuk also flopped. 

Video game movies have found greater success in recent years and, if done right, we're sure this version will turn Street Fighter's fortunes around. The games are immensely popular and fans have been waiting a long time for a good's hoping it fares better than Mortal Kombat, anyway!

Are you excited to see Street Fighter back on the big screen? Sound off in the comments section. 

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theprophet - 4/4/2023, 10:05 AM
Hire the right people that's all they gotta do
FlixMentallo21 - 4/4/2023, 10:07 AM
@theprophet - That, and use the comic book by Udon Studios as the basis. It’s practically perfect to bring to film or (preferably, animated) television.
WEAPONXOXOXO - 4/4/2023, 10:17 AM
@theprophet - When is hiring the wrong people a good idea? :)
slickrickdesigns - 4/4/2023, 10:09 AM
For realz they need to get the Russo Bros to make a StreetFighter movie based around Ryu and Ken.
TheHumanSpider2 - 4/4/2023, 10:17 AM
@slickrickdesigns - With Tom Holland as Ryu.
mountainman - 4/4/2023, 10:57 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - I don’t see it, but it can’t really be worse than Van Damme as Guile.
slickrickdesigns - 4/4/2023, 11:15 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - I was thinking someone a little older and I wouldn’t mind it being someone not well known with a background in martial arts. Ken and Ryu should be in there mid to late 20’s. Maybe the villain Akuma.
mastakilla39 - 4/4/2023, 11:15 AM
@slickrickdesigns - Nah they need an asian director. Get Jackie Chan, he's the only actor so far to get Chun Li right.
BeNice123 - 4/4/2023, 11:18 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - 😂🤣😂
TheHumanSpider2 - 4/4/2023, 11:24 AM
@slickrickdesigns - I was joking...dont tell you werent...
BigMax89 - 4/4/2023, 9:22 PM
@mastakilla39 - I agree with you, yet at the same time, I didn't mind Ming-Na Wen as the "Strongest Woman in the World".
GhostDog - 4/4/2023, 10:13 AM
Get Stahelski on this somehow.
mastakilla39 - 4/4/2023, 11:19 AM
@GhostDog - He action directed Matrix 4 and it was terrible, I don't think "martial arts" films are his forte. His style is closer to jackie chan's action/stunt films, I prefer somebody like Destin Daniel Cretton (Shang Chi) or Gareth Evans (The raid) whose done martial arts film in the past to direct.
GhostDog - 4/4/2023, 11:44 AM
@mastakilla39 - I wouldn’t hate those choices.

Evans has been pretty quiet the last few years sadly
clintthahamster - 4/4/2023, 2:50 PM
@GhostDog - Looks like he's been showrunning Gangs of London since 2020, but has a feature starring Tom Hardy coming out later this year.
GhostDog - 4/4/2023, 3:40 PM
@ClintThaHamster - nice! I’m behind on Gangs.
TheHumanSpider2 - 4/4/2023, 10:16 AM
The 1994 movie was great...on its own way, I dont know what people expected from a movie based on a fighting game that had no story back in 1993, with Capcom demanding to have every single character on screen.

And then the Assassin's Fist mini series from a few years ago was [frick]ing amazing.
TheBlueMorpho - 4/4/2023, 10:19 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 -

Raul Julia was great as Bison. One of the coldest lines ever.

bkmeijer1 - 4/4/2023, 10:33 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - gotta agree. It's definitely with the 90s Mortal Kombat exactly what I expect of 90s fighting game movies. Cult classics

Better not to speak of Dead or Alive though..
CorndogBurglar - 4/4/2023, 11:05 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - Street Fighter absolutely did have a story back in 1993. They just didn't take it seriously.

There's zero reason why this awesome animated film from 1994 couldn't have been adapted into live action. This is proof that a good Street Fighter movie could be made now, and could have been made back then.

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