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Capcom to produce ‘Fighter’ series

Live-action show to be based on game

Capcom will produce a live-action series based on its “Street Fighter” game.

Capcom USA and Assassin’s Fist will produce “Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist” that Content Media Corpo will distribute worldwide in 2013.

Show will focus on the formative years of game’s iconic characters, Ryu and Ken, as they live a traditional warrior’s life in secluded Japan. The boys are, unknowingly, the last practitioners of the ancient fighting style known as “Ansatsuken” (Assassin’s Fist) and follows them as they learn about the mysterious past of their Master, Gouken, and the tragic and dark legacy of the Ansatsuken style.

Project was created by Joey Ansah, behind the live-action short “Street Fighter: Legacy,” which has generated more than 8 million views. Ansah will also direct.

“Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist will be what fans have been waiting for,” Ansah said. “Legacy was a taster; a glimpse of what a live-action ‘Street Fighter’ should be.”

Christian Howard, who starred in “Legacy” and has co-written the script for “Assassin’s Fist” with Ansah, said, “Our priority is to stay true to the appearance, fighting techniques and canon of the ‘Street Fighter’ game. At the same time we’ve managed to make this an emotion- and character-driven story, which will surprise viewers who might just be expecting a super faithful fight fest.”

The series is being produced by Jacqueline Quella, whose previous projects include “Romanzo Criminale” (“Crime Novel”), “Don’t Tell” and Tobe Hooper’s “The Toolbox Murders.”

TV show adaptation was announced by Capcom’s “Street Fighter” producer Yoshinori Ono at Comic-Con on Thursday.

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