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Call it the “Veronica Mars” effect: after that movie got fans to donate over $3 million bucks to make a “Veronica Mars” stand-alone movie, the folks behind the “Street Fighter: Legacy” film have now opted to go straight to you, the fans of “Street Fighter”, to invest in getting their would-be film, “Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist” made.
It’s not entirely clear what Joey Ansah, the man behind the project, wants to do, though I think I’m reading that he plans a series of shorts, similar to the “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” web series. And if that goes over well, then they’d do a bigger-budgeted stand-alone film. Or something.
According to Ansah:
Christian Howard, Ken in ‘Legacy’ and ‘Assassin’s Fist’, and myself have spent the last 3 years writing. We began with a script treatment for the ‘World Warrior’ story line around Street Fighter II, which would span a prologue series and then a feature film finale. After the success of ‘Street Fighter: Legacy’, we decided that we would put the ‘World Warrior’ scripts on the shelf, to be used down the line as a bigger-budget sequel, and instead work on the origin story of the Ansatsuken characters: Ryu, Ken, Gōken, Gōki/Akuma and Gōtetsu. It is this Japanese-centric storyline that really grabs me the most. It is a true warrior’s tale; a coming of age story for Ryu and Ken as boys become men; told in parallel with the dark tale of the generation that came before them, filled with tragedy, loss and heartbreak.
This story really contains all the elements of universal, classic, conflict based story telling; father vs. son; brother vs. brother; a love triangle; betrayal; revenge; and the ultimate question: ‘Can a man change his destiny? Or will the inevitable catch up with him?’.
They’ve apparently been working on this for the last three years, since the 2010 proof of concept short they made that convinced Capcom to actually sell them the option to make a movie (or series of shorts).
Here’s the 2010 film:
After trying to gather funding for the project and coming up short, Ansah is hoping to raise £625,000 pounds ($950,000 dollars) for “Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist”.
For those interested in investing in the project, check out their Kickstarter Page. It just launched today, and as of this article, currently has 77 backers and £3,454 pounds of the £625,000 they’re hoping to raise.
Here’s the pitch: