New 'Street Fighter' TV Series Thankfully Sounds Nothing Like Awful 1994 Movie

Sorry, Jean-Claude Van Damme. We've moved on.

If you're a fan of the 1991 Capcom release Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, then this brief slice of TV news is for you.

Entertainment One and Mark Gordon just inked a deal to develop a Street Fighter TV series, and they're using World Warrior as the story's starting point, Deadlinereported Friday. The crew behind the critically acclaimed 2014 Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist series have signed on to executive produce the project.

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In a statement, Gordon teased the team's plan to build an "inclusive and engaging" Street Fighter universe, something the source material clearly requires to make any sense. "A particular strength of Street Fighter is the wide range of ethnically diverse characters and powerful women featured in the game," he said. Capcom's Yoshinori Ono agreed: "[Gordon and EntertainmentOne] have the credential to help us launch a faithful adaptation of Street Fighter as a major TV series," he said Friday.

Thankfully, it's improbable this new series will bear any resemblance whatsoever to widely trashed 1994 film adaptation helmed by Steven E. de Souza. The film, though ultimately a modest box office, starred Jean-Claude Van Damme, unfortunately. That same year, he appeared in the equally abysmal Timecop, followed in 1995 by the somehow even more appalling Sudden Death.

In May, Capcom is dropping the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows. The compilation, developed by Digital Eclipse (Rock Band 3, Marvel vs. Capcom 2) has been hit with a delayed release for fans in Japan.

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