2015 was and 2016 continues to be a time in movie history of too many remakes, re-imaginations, and sequels way passed a generation to count. Some are passible, few were good, and most have turned out to be awful. I touched up on this a while back in an earlier post. But if you can’t beat them, join them. Right? One of the ways I’ve learned to take my medicine on the subject is to create my own list of the perfect cast, crew, and storyline for some of my favorite previous pop-culture phenomenons that I grew up on. All seem to revolve around classic video games or comic book characters. This post will be no different. Tonight I consider one of the most successful fighting game franchises of all time, which was also one of the worst video game film adaptations of all time. I’m talking about Street Fighter.
If you’re anything like me, you probably spent countless hours at the arcade and/or in front of your SNES familiarizing and then button-mashing your way through the overly easy or overly cheap difficulty settings of the game with Ken, Ryu, E. Honda, Chun-Li, Blanka, Guile, Zangief, Dhalsim, and all the other Street Fighter pioneer characters. Fast forward 25 years and it continues to be one of the most successful fighting game franchises of all time. If any video game franchise deserves an appropriate and respectable movie adaptation, it’s this one. There was a well-produced fan film series that released in 2014 and a second season will premiere later this year, but I’m talking about a mainstream adaptation for the big screen.
My formula remains the same: I name the primary cast of characters along with who I believe would be the best corresponding actors to play them based on their previous work, physical likeness, etc. Then I’ll finish with a plausible storyline and who I believe would best suit the project for writing and directing. This is a little different than UHMC because of all the presumed fight scenes and stunts involved. So maybe this is more of an UHMC of stunt performers than for an actual cast because sadly most stunt performers can’t and don’t act. The only other option is if you go by way of “The Matrix” and have your actors train for over a year before filming.
The cast of the Street Fighter universe has become so vast over the last 25 years so I’m only sticking to the original cast of the 1992 video game in this post. Maybe future UHMC posts with secondary characters will follow.
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