Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

This morning, an e-mail about Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li hit my inbox: “Please note, STREET FIGHTER: THE LEGUND OF CHUN-LI will not be screening for press.” While this added fuel onto an already considerable fire of bad buzz surrounding this film, I was still willing to hold out a modicum of hope. Neal McDonough is, after all, one of my favorite actors, and while I’m no Smallville fan, I’ve heard nothing but good things about Kristen Kreuk from my male colleagues. Director Andrzej Bartkowiak has also shown that he can do half-decent action.

Then I saw  8 clips from the film that Movieweb IGN posted. Hit the jump to see some of the clips, and for some brief thoughts.
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/Film reader Christopher M sent over two new photos from Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, ne of which gives us our first real look at Black Eyed Peas ‘ singer Taboo as Vega (Balrog in Japan), who you might remember from the Street Fighter video games. See the full photo after the jump, along with a second photo featuring Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation) as Maya, getting ready for action.

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Warner Bros, Fox, Universal, Disney and Sony have released a bunch of new photos to the Los Angeles Times for their 2009 movie preview. I’ve included a few of the photos after the jump.

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20th Century Fox has released the official American trailer for Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li on While I was actually surprised at the Japanese trailer that leaked last week, the new American trailer brings me firmly back to reality – this movie looks bad and not even the action will be able to save it. Oh, and the American voice over is just horrendous. It is remarkable how very little they show of lead actress Kristin Kreuk (or at least her face) in the entire advertisement. Watch the trailer after the jump and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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KristinKreukWeb has posted the first english poster for Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. I know we’re only four days into 2009, but I’m already nominating this one-sheet for Worst Movie Poster of 2009. When we first received the poster over the weekend, I wasn’t sure it was even real. It looks like a bad fan-made photoshop. But it appears to be legit after all. I have a theory that all bad marketing started off with a good idea. My guess is that the marketing guys at Fox saw one of the early Street Fighter video game covers and came up with the idea of using the sillioette of the two fighters going at it.

Not a bad idea. I have photoshoped the actual poster to reflect this concept. It actually doesn’t look THAT bad.Imagine if the lettering was also in black to give the poster a two-color color scheme.

Then some studio executive probably sent over a note saying that the stars need to sell the movie. I mean, its not like anyone has ever played and of the video games in the long running fighter franchise, right? So then they added Kristin Kreuk‘s head inside the silhouette, but the rest of the image now felt off balance. This lead to the decision to fill the silhouette with floating heads. What a great idea.</sarcasm> /Film reader Christopher M for the tip.

Who would have thought that a movie trailer for 20th Century Fox’s Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li wouldn’t look that bad. I dare to say that all the intense action in this Japanese trailer actually makes me want to see the film, just a little. Then again, I’ve always had a theory that anything in Japanese is at least three times as cool (look at some of the Japanese versions of classic movie posters for example).

We also don’t get to see any scenes involving dialogue between the main characters, or for that matter, we aren’t even explained/shown anything that can resemble the plot of the film. Add onto that the fact that 20th Century Fox has been on a really bad run as of late, and the fact that video game to movie adaptations notoriously suck. I’m still pretty sure this film is going to suck (likely not as bad as Dragonball) but the trailer gives me a sense of false hope. Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

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/Film reader Christopher M sent over five new production photos from Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li starring Kristin Kreuk. It could just be the many hours I’ve wasted on Smallville talking, but does this film look like a bad WB/CW television show or what?

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Kristin Kreuk as Chun-Li in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

Capcom Japan just released the first photo of Smallville star Kristin Kreuk as Chun-Li in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (seen above). My immediate reaction is that she isn’t wearing the traditional blue outfit or the “ox horns” hairstyle as seen in the video game. And I’m not complaining, it’s probably for the better. What do you think? Below you will find a piece of fan created concept artwork of what everyone believed Kreuk would probably look like as Chu-Li.

Fan Art - Kristin Kreuk as Chun-Li

sources: kotaku, idrawgirls

There has been a lot of schedule shuffling going on at the studios this week.

Death Race

Universal has moved Paul W.S. Anderson’s Death Race remake up from September 26th to August 22nd 2008. The film was originally set to go head to head with DJ Caruso’s Eagle Eye and Disney’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua, but will now go up against Bangkok Dangerous starring Nicolas Cage, The House Bunny starring Anna Faris, Crossing Over starring Harrison Ford, and the Uma Thurman/Colin Firth romantic comedy The Accidental Husband.

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li

20th Century Fox has set a February 27, 2009 release date for video game adaptation Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li. The only other film currently scheduled for the same date is Steve Shill’s thriller Obsessed, starring Ali Larter.

Alvin and the Chipmunks

Fox 2000 has set a date for the Alvin and the Chipmunks sequel – March 19, 2010. Warn your children!

Renny Harlin’s 12 Rounds starring WWE star John Cena is now scheduled for a March 13th, 2009 release. Up against Disney’s sequel/remake Race to Witch Mountain.

via: comingsoon and bom

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The Sundance Channel has been acquired by New York-based Cablevision Systems for $496 million in stock and cash. [imdb]

Director Darren Lynn Bousman has officially been asked to direct the remake to Hellraiser. [bloody-disgusting]

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io9 has the latest on the Cloverfield Managa.

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The internet teaser trailer for Kevin Smith‘s Zack and Miri Make a Porno will hit the web next week. [newsaskew]

Moon Bloodgood as Det. Maya Sunee in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li

The first production photo of Moon Bloodgood as Det. Maya Sunee in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li was released on the movie’s official blog.

Susan Sarandon, Bill Pullman and Josh Lucas are joining Cillian Murphy and Ellen Page in Michael Lander’s psychological thriller “Peacock.” [THR]

GuideSpot has a Google Maps guide of Alfred Hitchcock‘s Bay Area.

Tom Cruise has launched Tom

Tom Hanks endorses Barack Obama.

My friend John Campea over on The Movie Blog listed five lesser known comic character movies he’d like to see

Wanted and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army will open and close the Los Angeles Film Festival.

FirstShowing takes a look at the Future of Iron Man: Alcoholic Tony Stark, War Machine, and Beyond!

The first trailer for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor will hit in June. [SciFi]

Maya Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to Alex Rivera’s Sundance award-winner Sleep Dealer. [THR]