I’m not sure if this is good news or really really really awful news. But US distributor Anchor Bay Films has acquired the rights to the “Tekken” movie, a live-action adaptation of Namco Bandai’s popular fighting game franchise.
Produced by Crystal Sky Pictures, the film is expected to be released state wise next year. “Tekken” was has currently only been premiered overseas, debuted in Japan this past March courtesy of Warner Bros.
According to Anchor Bay president Bill Clark, “The Tekken video game franchise has sold millions of copies over the past decade.”
“Crystal Sky has invested millions in the production, making sure they were able to convey not only the incredible fight scenes, but also the emotional journey of the main character, Jin.”
Directed by Dwight Little, “Tekken” follows Jin Kazama (Jon Foo) in his attempts to enter the Iron Fist Tournament in order to avenge the loss of his mother.
“Tekken” has currently just grossed half a million dollars to date. Tekken Producer Katsuhiro Harada even voiced his disappointment with the film via Twitter saying:
“That Hollywood movie is terrible. We were not able to supervise that movie. (It was [a] cruel contract.)” He also responded to someone begging him to prevent further misuse of the Tekken license in films, saying “Please don’t ask me about that movie. We did not have the supervision right. I don’t want [to] talk about that.”
If you haven’t seen the trailer for “Tekken,” peep it here.