‘Tekken’ Movie Prequel Snags ‘Ong Bak’ Director [Updated]

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Tekken Rise of the Tournament Movie logo Tekken Movie Prequel Snags Ong Bak Director [Updated]

[UPDATE: Maybe a Tekken prequel ISN’T on the way? Scroll down for details.]

Name every failed video game turned film and you may come up with a list longer than Samuel L Jackson’s filmography (if such a thing is possible). From Resident Evil to Doom; or the 1994 version of Double Dragon to Street Fighter (Van Damme’s or Kristin Kruek’s – take your pick) – all the way to the 2010 Dwight H. Little version of Tekken, video game movies have had a hard road to walk on.

But in the case of Tekken, hope may be on the way.

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that during the Cannes film festival, Crystal Sky Pictures announced a prequel to the Tekken movie, entitled Tekken: Rise of the Tournament; they have also recruited writer/director Prachya Pinkaew (Ong Bak, The Protector) to steer the latest film version of the mega popular video game fighting series.

For those unfamiliar with Pinkaew’s work, fret not. He has a solid international reputation as an action director who should be able to effortlessly capture some, if not all, of the intense hand-to-hand combat scenes that have helped make Tekken – the video game – into a global success.

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Scene from the first 'Tekken' movie.

No official cast has been announced as of yet for Tekken: Rise of the Tournament, but word is Crystal Sky would like to use actors who resemble the characters of Tekken. What this means for the A-list crowd is unknown, but one can’t rule out heavy-hitters (pun intended) like  Tony Jaa (Ong Bak, The Protector), Iko Uwais (Merantu, The Raid: Redemption) or Donnie Yen (Ip Man) receiving phone calls from their agents soon.

UPDATE: Katsuhiro Harada, creator of the Tekken video game franchise, is claiming that Crystal Sky may NOT be bringing a new Tekken prequel film to the screen. Harada has been a vocal opposer of the first Tekken movie, and Tweeted the following when this news of the prequel broke:

Why u guys ALWAYS believe a rumor and jumping the gun

Simple, eloquent, voice of dissension. What remains to be seen is if Harada truly has the influence to stop this movie from happening, or if Crystal Sky will proceed with or without his blessing. Considering a director is already being named, right now it seems the latter case is more likely.

As of now there is no official release date for Tekken: Rise of the Tournament but keep checking with Screen Rant for further details.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. this is so stupid Crystal Sky is a sh!tty production studio. the Tekken movie suck big time what a horrible mess of a movie. even the Tekken video game creators hated it.

  2. I think I’m more keen on the coming Mortal Kombat reboot than this prequel thing…

  3. lol i think i’m the only one who loved the first movie!

  4. heck even the recent animated movie sucked anus and that was written by some honkie that thought he knew what was going on >:( the only decent tekken and street fighter movies that have come out are the animated versions (tekken the animated movie and street fighter 2).

    • You bear the Ring of Truth!…

  5. Despite the director and his cred I hope this doesn’t get made. I agree with Harada and anybody else that opposes this project…

    P.S. The Resident Evil movies have become so lose and far fetched from the original source material that at times I find it hard to believe that it’s even related to RE….

  6. This movie needs to NOT happen.

  7. The movie was ok but it was not that good but Crystal Sky are a butch of losers and I don’t trust Hollywood translating games into films but some of them were good like Mortal Kombat, I would mind if Hollywood would make a live action Virtua Fighter movie that would make them screw up the whole movie.
    Bruce Acosta

  8. There should be LEI WULONG in the upcoming mobie of TEKKEN:THE RISE OF THE TOURNAMENT as lei is the perfect player in tekken game.And lei acts as the tough opponent in the movie.