The creator of the Street Fighter: Legacy live-action short film launched a Kickstarter today for his latest project, a live-action series also based on the franchise, titled Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist.
Ansah originally announced Assassin's Fist at San Diego Comic-Con last year.
Legacy director and writer Joey Ansah, who has also appeared in a number of films including The Bourne Ultimatum and Snow White and the Huntsman, is asking for £625,000 (about $950,000 according to Ansah) to get Assassin's Fist into production this year for an intended winter release.
"I believe that Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist will be the definitive live-action Street Fighter that fans have been waiting for and hoping to see," he wrote on the Kickstarter page. "To realize this vision I need your help."
Ansah writes that some but not all of the production budget has been raised, and the team has earned both the rights and "blessing" of publisher Capcom to produce Assassin's Fist. The series has been in production for almost three years, and Ansah says that Legacy was always a teaser for the larger series to whet fans' appetites.
"Street Fighter: Legacy was always just a proof of concept, a taster of what Street Fighter, in live action, could and should be," he wrote. "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."
Ansah notes that if funding cannot be raised through Kickstarter, the team risks losing the funding it already has and delaying production until next year. Offers from unnamed entities in the "movie industry" have been made, Ansah says, but working with them would compromise the team's vision.