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Romeo Must Die Helmer Controls Street Fighter

Andrzej Bartkowiak, the helmer of action flicks such as ROMEO MUST DIE, EXIT WOUNDS and CRADLE TO THE GRAVE, has signed on to direct a second big-screen adaptation of Capcom's popular videogame STREET FIGHTER for Hyde Park Ent., reports VARIETY. Hyde Park head Ashok Amritraj and senior executive Patrick Aiello are the producers.

Justin Marks, who is also adapting VOLTRON and HE-MAN for the big screen, is penning the screenplay for STREET FIGHTER. The story will follow female fighter Chun Li's search for justice.

Fox will distribute the production, which will start filming early next year.

STREET FIGHTER has earned Capcom more than $1 billion since its debut in 1987. The Japanese gaming firm has sold 25 million console games, as well as 500,000+ arcade versions of the franchise.

The property was first adapted for the big screen in 1994, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. That Universal-released film earned only $33 million at the U.S. box office.

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