Hyde Park, Capcom sign action filmmaker

Hyde Park Entertainment and Capcom have signed action specialist Andrzej Bartkowiak to direct “Street Fighter,” a live-action feature film based on the popular vidgame.

Production is set to begin early next year, with Fox to distribute. Hyde Park topper Ashok Amritraj and senior exec Patrick Aiello are producing while Capcom exec produces.

Pic will be Capcom’s second attempt at turning its popular fighting title into a viable film franchise after 1994’s “Street Fighter,” which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme and earned a mere $33 million. Steven de Souza wrote and directed that pic, which Universal distribbed.

Bartkowiak’s credits include “Romeo Must Die,” “Exit Wounds” and “Cradle to the Grave.” Prior to directing, his cinematographic credits include “Lethal Weapon 4,” “U.S. Marshals,” “Falling Down” and “Speed.”

Hyde Park and Capcom formed a joint venture last year to produce the project, which is focused on female fighter Chun Li and her journey for justice.

Justin Marks wrote the script and is doing a polish. He’s been involved in vidgame and comicbook adaptations including Mark Gordon’s “Voltron” at New Regency as well as David Goyer’s “Super Max” and Joel Silver’s “He-Man,” both for Warner Bros.

Osaka-based Capcom has sold 25 million units in its “Street Fighter” series and 500,000 coin-operated arcade units worldwide, generating more than $1 billion in revenue. First game bowed in 1987.

Hyde Park recently wrapped David Ellis’ “Asylum,” and Fox released “Death Sentence” last weekend. Hyde Park has a five-year co-financing agreement with Fox and a second-look deal with Disney.

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