Offical Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist discussion thread
Since I’m humbly asking for your pledges, the least you deserve is a ‘no bull-shit’ transparent account of events leading to this point. So here we go!
'Street Fighter: Legacy' was always just a proof of concept, a taster of what Street Fighter, in live action, could and should be. To prove to Capcom and the fanbase that it was possible to do a faithful rendition of Street Fighter, it’s characters, martial arts styles, special moves and music. A means to an end to do something bigger...'Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist'.
It has been a crazy journey of ups and downs to get to this stage. 'Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist' has literally consumed my life, and the life of my core team, for almost 3 years now!
Last year, our brilliant Producer, Jacqueline Quella successfully purchased the option from Capcom, along with their blessing, to produce 'Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist'.
It was always my intention to raise finance for this modest budget series via independent investment. Asking you, the fans, for money was never my initial intention. But in this tough economic recession, and in the limited time since acquiring the option, we have managed to secure some, but not all of our production budget.
If we are unable to raise the remaining finance required pretty quickly, we are in jeopardy of losing what finance we do have, which would delay us going into production possibly until next year...which nobody wants!
We have had other offers of significant finance from the 'movie industry' but this has come with ‘strings attached’ which would compromise the creative vision I have for 'Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist': to give YOU the fans the Street Fighter movie you've always wanted. That’s not how I, or any of my team, roll!
If we secure the production budget we need, 'Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist' is going to be the definitive, live action, Street Fighter experience that you have deserved and been waiting for, since the games’ inception 25 years ago.
We know the Street Fighter fan base is mighty and strong! For argument’s sake, let’s assume there are at least 1 million fans who are as fanatical as me, and half of that number pledged an amount of money however large or small...we’d be on fire, and we'd get 'Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist' made!
With something like this, if you are a fan, loved ‘Street Fighter: Legacy’ and are as excited to see 'Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist' as we are to make it, then please step up and contribute! Don’t assume others will so you can sit back and chill. It took me, a fan, to get off my ass invest my own money, time, blood and sweat to make 'Street Fighter: Legacy' possible, which has now made 'Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist' a real possibility. All I ask is you guys do the same on a much smaller scale and everyone wins.
So not only are you in a position to help us by donating, but we have come up with some great ways to get you involved in the series.
And what of the future?
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?'.
Having had the benefit of 3 years to sculpt, redraft and refine the screenplays, we have created an extremely detailed layered world and mythology, which delves into the very science behind ‘Hado’.
We have also kept true to the Japanese roots of this mythology and as a result, the series will be bi-lingual with dialogue in both English and Japanese, maintaining cultural authenticity to the setting and story. Street Fighter is after all an international franchise, boasting fighters from all over the world. If our franchise progresses, we want to pay service to each fighter’s culture and language.
('Assassin's Fist' will form the foundation of our vision for Street Fighter. From there we plan to make the 'World Warrior' storyline across a series and a movie and continue to develop this narratively rich and action-packed franchise. This all hinges on getting the first series started as soon as possible).
'Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist' is ready to shoot!
The screenplays are complete and have been redrafted multiple times to a very refined state.
We have been casting for the last year and have attached all of our principal cast.
Physical and dialect/language training has been on going for some time.
CGI and VFX tests on Hado have been undertaken
International location scout and selection of perfect shooting locations has taken place.
Many of the crew and Heads of Department (HoDs) are attached and are excited to begin production.
The more we raise, the more bad-ass we can make the visual effects. Currently the production schedule gives us 6 weeks to shoot an ambitious amount of content. This is the bare minimum time we need to achieve what we have scripted. That's why we are setting a 'stretch goal' of £975,000 (c. $1,475,000). Any extra money raised above and beyond the barebones minimum we need to make this baby will allow us to extend the shoot schedule and make the production bigger and better all round.