Did you ever see The Bourne Ultimatum? If you did, you’d must remember the awesome fight scene in Morocco with “Desh” (played by Joey Ansah), as it started with Matt Damon jumping out a window and into another building with the camera following him. While the Bourne series had some amazing fights scenes, this one might have been the best.
So why am I talking about a movie and fight scene from a few years ago? Because Joey Ansah (Desh) is a huge fan of the Street Fighter video game series and he decided to use some of his skills to make a live-action Street Fighter short film called Street Fighter Legacy. I spoke to him yesterday on the phone in London and he told me he’s always been disappointed in the Hollywood adaptations of video games and he wanted to show what you could do if you treated the source material seriously. I’ve seen the entire short and it’s very cool. Trust me, if you’re a fan of the Street Fighter franchise, you’ll want to see it.
The plan is for Collider to premiere the short this Thursday, but until then, we’ve been given two teaser trailers, some images, and Joey Ansah has given me a short statement on why he wanted to make the film and who is involved. Hit the jump to check everything out:
Here’s Joey Ansah’s statement followed by the two teaser trailers and the images. For more on Street Fighter Legacy, here’s the official YouTube page, the ‘Street Fighter: Legacy’ Official Facebook Group, and you can also go to www.joeyansah.com for more updates. And remember to come back Thursday to see the entire short film!
As an actor, filmmaker and fan, I have been disappointed by the many diluted, unfaithful and outright butchered movie adaptations of fighting video games. It was clear to me, that given the way the movie industry worked, we would never see a super faithful, darker toned and more adult themed (or just plain good!) incarnation of Street Fighter unless a die-hard director or filmmaking team with game canon knowledge stepped up to the plate to helm such a project.
So almost a year ago, I began writing script treatments (with my writing collaborator and great friend Christian Howard, who also plays Ken) and a production design brief and partnered with Streetlight films before proposing my concept and vision to Capcom. I’m pleased to say they gave their blessing and permission for the project to move forward.
My team subsequently attracted a great ensemble to support and execute the project including Owen Trevor (Top gear director) who co-directed the film with me, Jacqueline Quella my Producer, Anthony Waye as my exec producer who has senior production credits on over 90 movies including the last eleven ‘James Bond’ films (Line-producer of the entire Bond movie franchise), and the renowned post production/VFX house, Prime Focus, to name but a few.
We’ve all strived to make a beautiful film that hopefully non fans will really appreciate, but ultimately this is a love letter to the fans and the brilliance of the game. As a result, I’ve gone to every length to be as faithful as possible down to the smallest details of the costume, the choreography, the narrative, the original music themes and, of course, the special moves!
After almost a year of blood, sweat, lots of favours, enthusiasm and love, we are ready to release ‘StreetFighter: Legacy’ to the people who deserve it most…….the fans.
Enjoy the two teaser trailers, and look out for the short film to be online on Thursday along with a series of making of featurettes.
Joey Ansah in The Bourne Ultimatum