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‘Street Fighter’ Adaptation Finds Its Directing Duo

‘Talk to Me’ filmmakers Danny and Michael Philippou will helm the upcoming action flick from Legendary Entertainment and videogame developer Capcom, currently in early development.

It’s really happening! Since Legendary Entertainment’s acquisition of the live-action film and TV rights for the popular fighting game Street Fighter, fans have been waiting for word on any new project development. Now, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that directing duo Danny and Michael Philippou will helm a new Street Fighter film.

While plot details are still fully under wraps, the directors are known for their use of tension and gore, most notable in their breakout Sundance horror flick Talk to Me. No word yet on a potential writer or VFX outfit(s).

Since its launch in 1987, Street Fighter has become one of the most well-known and highest-grossing video game franchises of all time, selling over 49 million units worldwide. The series of games follows many iconic characters, including Ryu, Ken, Chung-Li, Guile and more, each with their own memorable moves, looks, and catchphrases.

Luckily for the upcoming live-action film, Legendary has a successful track record with adaptations, including Dune and Pokémon Detective Pikachu. Hopefully, Capcom can escape the curse of its previous Street Fighter films - 1994’s Street Fighter starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and 2009’s Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li starring Kristin Kreuk - both critical and box office bombs.

Currently on Legendary’s franchise slate is Dune: Part Two, debuting November 3. On the Street Fighter side, the newest installment Street Fighter 6 is slated for release June 2, 2023, on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X | S, and PC via Steam.

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