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Joey Ansah's Street Fighter® live action series announced at Comic-Con

Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist

Story by Jack Foley

CAPCOM USA, Inc. and Assassin’s Fist Limited have signed an agreement to produce a live-action series based on Capcom®‘s successful Street Fighter® game franchise.

To be called Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, this thrilling, multi-layered series will take the audience back to the formative years of the iconic characters, Ryu and Ken, as they live a traditional warrior’s life in secluded Japan.

The boys are, unknowingly, the last practitioners of the ancient fighting style known as ‘Ansatsuken’ (Assassin’s Fist).

The series follows them as they learn about the mysterious past of their Master, Gouken, and the tragic and dark legacy of the Ansatsuken style. Can their destiny be changed…or will history repeat itself?

Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist is the brain-child of Bourne Ultimatum star Joey Ansah and is being brought to the screen by the core team behind the hugely successful fan movie Street Fighter: Legacy.

Ansah commented: “Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist will be what fans have been waiting for. Legacy was a taster; a glimpse of what a live-action Street Fighter should be.

“This takes the story right back to the start – the origins and motivations of Ryu, Ken, Gouken and Akuma. This will become the definitive back-story from which further epic adventures will follow.”

Joey Ansah

Street Fighter: Legacy received a rapturous reception from fans and critics, becoming one of the most successful YouTube movies of all time in the film and animation category, with over 8 million views.

Christian Howard, who starred as ‘Ken’ in Legacy and has co-written the script for Assassin’s Fist with Joey Ansah, said: “Our priority is to stay true to the appearance, fighting techniques and canon of the Street Fighter game.

“At the same time we’ve managed to make this an emotion and character driven story, which will surprise viewers who might just be expecting a super faithful fight fest!.”

The series is being produced by Jacqueline Quella, whose previous projects include Romanzo Criminale (Crime Novel); Academy Award nominated Don’t Tell and Tobe Hooper’s The Toolbox Murders.

The series will be directed by Joey Ansah who, as ‘Desh’, was part of one of the most celebrated movie fight scenes of all time, in The Bourne Ultimatum and was recently at the heart of the action in Snow White and the Huntsman.

He’ll next be seen in The Numbers Station with John Cusack.

The series will be distributed worldwide by Content Media Corporation for a release in 2013.

Related: Read our exclusive interview with Joey Ansah

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