It was probably a matter of time before post-apocalyptic zombie game would follow in the footsteps of its predecessors toward cinema territory Granted, previous results like those stemming from that of the Resident Evil franchise don’t fare critically as well despite its commercial success, although maybe something different or better will come along to help provide some optimism.
On that note, hopefully Legendary’s latest foray into live-action territory with Capcom’s Dead Rising game franchise is on its way to fans following an announcement back in June. Leprechaun: Origins helmer Zach Lipovsky is directing the film for its upcoming multiplatform digital release as of August, and this week, Dumb And Dumber To and 22 Jumpstreet co-star, actor and comedian Rob Riggle is now set to take the lead, according to the latest press release from Legendary which has more info below:
Burbank, CA – October 20, 2014 – Legendary’s Digital Media division and Crackle announced today the principal cast for the upcoming feature-length project Dead Rising: Watchtower. Rob Riggle (LET’S BE COPS, 22 JUMP STREET), Harley Morenstein (Epic Meal Time, Epic Meal Empire, TUSK), Keegan Connor Tracy (Bates Motel, Once Upon A Time), and Aleks Paunovic (THIS MEANS WAR) will join previously announced cast members Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Virginia Madsen and Dennis Haysbert.
Riggle will join the cast as Frank West, a weathered photo-journalist skilled in surviving Zombie attacks; Morenstein will play Pyro, a menacing biker and Logan’s (Paunovic) second-in-command; Paunovic portrays Logan, a hard criminal and the head of a biker gang and Tracy will take on the role of Jordan, a straight-laced journalist.Deafd Rising: Watchtower takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic, with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy. Politics, public paranoia, and media coverage play an important role in the story’s narrative.
The project is written by Tim Carter, who is also producing with Tomas Harlan under their Contradiction Films banner. Contradiction most recently produced the hit digital series Mortal Kombat: Legacy. Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, Red, G.I. Joe) will executive produce.
Crackle will debut Dead Rising: Watchtower in its feature-length form in the U.S. After Crackle’s exclusive distribution run, the project will also be released on SVOD, DVD, VOD and TV. Content Media Corporation will distribute Dead Rising: Watchtower in both feature-length and episodic formats for all international platforms.
The Dead Rising® game franchise has sold over 7.6 MM copies worldwide. Publisher Capcom has sold over 200 MM game copies worldwide, including those from juggernaut series Resident Evil®, Street Fighter® and Mega Man®.
If you noticed any glitches while surfing the internet for cat videos on YouTube about a week and a half ago, that may have likely been martial artist, actor, writer and director Joey Ansah initiating his plans for world domination with his new hit online webseries, Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, which has earned up to well around 10 million views in total since its debut on the Machinima YouTube. And not for nothing either, as the series, long in development since its early days as the 2010 proof-of-concept shortfilm, Street Fighter Legacy, has solidified itself as a cult phenomenon around the world, earning nothing short of upworthy praise from critics and hardcore fans of the original Capcom video game franchise from which it is based.
I remember when 1993 or ’94 came when Jean-Claude Van Damme was entering the peak of his career with Capcom’s first live-action theatrical interpretation of the Street Fighter universe that saw military character Guile as the lead. To some, including myself, it was good for its time despite not even coming close to owning up to the source material, and mainly because it was a kids’ film, geared toward young teens who liked Van Damme movies and appealed to watching actors in Street Fighter costumes imitating characters from the game.
Hadokens, Wigs And Hurricane Kicks, And More In The Latest Q & A From STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN'S FIST Lead Actor/Creator Christian Howard
Howard is also poised to appear in stunt coordinator and author Mike Fury’s upcomimg book, Life Of Action. CLICK HERE to learn more about the book and stay tuned for more information.
Action fans and gaming netizens alike drew tons of excitment when the first official teaser aired just a few weeks ago for the upcoming online release of the new webseries, Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist. And with an official announcement still pending for its release date on the multi-programing YouTube platform, Machinima, a new solo Q&A was broadcast to the public featuring lead actor Mike Moh who stars as Ryu, where he talks about the casting process, the challenges he faced to assume Ryu’s physical traits, martial arts skills, and much more.
The video is a great follow-up to our own interview hosted by my contributor Eric Watson back in December late last year, as many questions fans have been asking can now be observed with just a pinch of more detail before the series officially releases. As for a few preliminary highlights, Moh gives an epic answer to one question about being “too Asian” near the 6:40 mark. In addition, there is a really fascinating question that is mentioned regarding Ryu’s hurricane kick, and if you stick around long enough, you will be able to spot the first set pic of the actor rehearsing an on-set Dragon Uppercut in pure Ryu form. Not gonna say when, so you’ll just have to watch the video.
And don’t look at me like that.
CLICK HERE to watch actor/writer/director/fight choreographer Joey Ansah’s previous Q&A, and stay tuned for more news on the series.
It has taken five years to fully accomplish for a franchise that has seen its fair handful of cinematic misses in well over the last twenty years. On Friday though, Capcom’s loyal and longtime cult gaming followers finally had their patience rewarded with the long-awaited teaser for the upcoming new serial feature film, Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist. The teaser and forthcoming series has already screened in front of a select number of eyes much to the delight of Capcom and crtics online who have lended nothing but words of praise for the new series which looks to become the first live-action project based on the highly successful tournament game line to stay true to its origins after winning fan approval with the 2010 viral short, Street Fighter: Legacy.
Produced by Jacqueline Quella, and created by actors Joey Ansah and Christian Howard (Green Street 3, Warrioress), Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist is written and directed by Ansah who also stars with Howard, in addition to fellow lead actor Mike Moh in their respective roles as iconic characters Akuma, Ken and Ryu. Actress Hyunri stars as Sayaka and actor Togo Igawa as Master Gôtetsu, with actors Akira Koieyama and Shogen as the older and younger renditions of Gôken, and actor Gaku Space as Akuma’s younger self, Gôki. Actors Hal Yamanouchi and Mark Killeen round out the cast as Senzo and Mr. Masters, respectively.
Read the new press release and watch the new teaser courtesy of Machinima and stay tuned for more info!
Los Angeles, CA, March 14, 2014 – Machinima, Assassin’s Fist Limited, and Capcom U.S.A., Inc. announce today, in partnership with Producer Jacqueline Quella, and Director Joey Ansah, that STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN’S FIST will debut in its entirety on Machinima, the number-one global video entertainment network for young males. The exact air date will be announced soon. The live-action series, which is distributed by Content Media, is the brainchild of Ansah (The Bourne Ultimatum, Snow White and the Huntsman), a member of the creative team behind the hugely successful fan film Street Fighter: Legacy—which has received almost 5,000,000 views to date. Ansah, who also stars in the series (Akuma), wrote the script with Christian Howard, who reprises his role as Ken Masters from the original fan film. The series also stars Mike Moh as Ryu, Togo Igawa (47 Ronin, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) as Gōtetsu, Akira Koieyama as Gōken, Gaku Space as Gōki, Mark Killeen (300: Rise of an Empire, The Dark Knight Rises) as Mr. Masters, and Hal Yamanouchi as Senzo. Through the coming of age story of Ken & Ryu, we are shown the back story of some of the game’s most iconic characters, and over the course of the series we will see how the past, present, and future of all of those characters are intertwined, as the battle to become Ansatsuken Master threatens to tear apart another generation of brothers.
“This series was meant for Machinima,” said Allen DeBevoise, Chairman, Co-Founder and CEO of Machinima. “We have successfully launched popular game-inspired web series in the past, and Street Fighter is about as iconic as they come. We couldn’t be more excited about working with the incredible production team behind the series and the folks over at Capcom to launch not only a compelling and action-packed series in its own right, but also one that stays true to the Street Fighter lore.” DeBevoise continued, “After the success of Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2, we will once again provide all of the episodes on the day of launch to our fans to ensure they get exactly what they want—the entire series from start to finish!”
Further details are still pending while trailer is expected to make its way online between now and next month by the series debut which could possibly arrive in April.
Well, it appears movie goers from all walks of live will forever have their opinions when it comes to video game adaptations on film. Because the trend isn’t going away anytime soon!
A live-action feature-length adaptation of the long-awaited Mortal Kombat film following the success of its two-season webseries may be in limbo over at Warner Bros., but that hasn’t stopped fellow series producer Tim Carter from making his own moves leading to his involvement into the development of a live-action film adaptation of a new multiplatform game titled Mighty No. 9. The news comes after a successful Kickstarter campaign was launched last year, hosted by longtime leading veteran videogame designer and Comcept founder Keiji Inafune, best known for his previous work on designing the classic Mega-Man games, with the goal of reinvigorating the appreciation shared back in the 1980’s and 1990’s with 8-bit and 16-bit games, refurbished with today’s technology for modern audiences.
As such, we are granted a new character who bares some similarities to Mega-Man, with the introduction of a new robotic protagonist named ‘Beck’ who sets out to take on a powerful army of uniquely strong robots possessed by a mysterious virus, arming himself with their abilities which he must use to save the world. Carter, who now writes and produces at his new company, Contradiction Films, recently confirmed to the press that his people are building the story to suit its intended live-action theatrical look. But that’s not all, as it appears that also he fully intends to follow-suit with Inafune to acquire the rights to a Mega-Man movie as well.
There are currently no other pieces of information to share as the news is still fresh, so we will see how these two play out. In the meantime, you can subscribe for more information on Mighty No. 9 at their official Facebook page.