The success of the Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter from earlier this year has helped other projects take a step forward in securing financing for their creative endeavors.
Now, you may read "live-action Street Fighter" and let out a slight groan. You might think it's going to be another ho-hum parade of franchise characters battling their way through a cookie-cutter series of subplots. But before we proceed any further, here's a three minute short film that pits franchise staples Ryu and Ken against one another in battle in a forest.
The film was produced and release three years ago by creators Joey Ansah and Christian Howard and has garnered over 4 million views on their official YouTube channel along with a 98.7% approval rating. Now the creators of the short film are looking to secure financing to complete their new series, Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist, which would focus on Ryu, Ken, Gouken, Gouki/Akuma and Goutetsu.
Those characters may mean nothing to you if you aren't into the Street Fighter franchise but basically, they're the main Ansatsuken (a Japanese term used to describe any fighting technique that has been developed with the purpose of killing an opponent) characters of the origin story.
As the Ansah states in a lengthy Kickstarter message, "It is the Japanese-centric storyline that really grabs me the most. It is a true warrior's tale; a coming of age strory 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." And of course, there's fights.
The Kickstarter is seeking to raise $950,000 to complete the project. If you liked what you saw in the short film above, the campaign will continue to accept donations up until May 3.
Would you like to see a new Street Fighter movie? Would you like to see these guys make a new feature film based on the popular video game franchise?