Actress Maggie Q (Live Free or Die Hard, Mission Impossible III) has been cast in the upcoming English language adaptation of a Japanese video game called King of Fighters. She will join cast members Sean Faris (Never Back Down), Ray Park (who’s playing Snake Eyes in the upcoming G.I. Joe movie), Will Yun lee (Elektra, Die Another Day) and David Leitch (who is also the film’s action choreographer).
The film will be directed by Gordon Chan (director of such films as 2000 AD and Beast Cops) and written by first time writer Rita Augustine.
No word as of yet which character Maggie will be playing, suggestions have been made that she may play the character of May Lee but nothing has been confirmed. I’m sure it will be one of the leads though, or at the very least an important character.
I have to confess I’d never even heard of the video game until today and therefore have never played it. Looking at some of the character artwork and gameplay screenshots it looks quite similar to most other beat ‘em ups that hail from Japan; muscly men with weird hair and women with minimal clothing beating the crap out of each other. Which is Japan’s video game bread and butter.
History has shown us that the majority of video game adaptations just plain suck. Street Fighter (the live action one, mind you, the animated second film was actually pretty damn good), Resident Evil (which is admittedly a guilty pleasure but nevertheless bad), Silent Hill, Mario Bros, Mortal Kombat… the list goes on and on. King of Fighters looks like it has potential to turn out like Street Fighter, which is never a good thing to say out loud.
As always give every project a fair go but I just can’t see this one being any good. Thoughts?