A couples of months ago, I was bouncing around IMDB doing some research on The Expendables and buried deep in the cast listing was Gary Daniels and on his bio page was a listing for the movie version of Tekken. The movie was listed as ‘in development” so I wasn’t too worried but in the back of mind I knew this frightful omen could become a reality.
Alas, my fears have been confirmed, for today we bring you the first trailer for Tekken. The film is based on the wildly popular arcade fighting game from the 90's which has become a home console hit today. Back when I frequented many an arcade establishment, Tekken would have many quarters lined up across the top with guys waiting to play the winner of each match. Unlike Mortal Kombat , which was two-dimensional, Tekken was one of the early pioneers of 3D game play.
I wasted my hours and skipped many college classes playing Tekken – I’ll still take anyone on with Paul Phoenix - but at no point did I think the game would make a good movie. However, some Hollywood mogul reliving his early 90’s childhood disagreed with me and decided to invest in making his Tekken movie dreams a reality. We have the trailer for you below, but words can’t really express how utterly awful this movie appears to be.
Watch it and be the judge for yourself:
In case you weren’t able to grasp the plot, here is what IMDB says about Tekken (which is Japanese for "Iron Fist" BTW):
“ A Young Man Who seeks revenge of his mother’s death. He finds his grand-father, Heihachi Mishima, and pleas to be trained. When the Mishima leader announces a "King of Iron Fist" tournament. He finds out that his mother's killer, Ogre, will be participating in the tournament. He must fight against the world’s top competitors to achieve his goal with no interference.”
So let’s see, what is Hollywood’s track record when it comes to fighting video game movie adaptations?
Mortal Kombat 1 – Decent
Mortal Kombat 2 – Bad
Street Fighter – Bad
Street Fighter: Legend of Chun Li -Bad
DoA (Dead or Alive) – Bad
Dragonball Evolution – Very Bad
The King of Fighters -To be determined (but doesn’t look good)
So Tekken doesn’t have a deep, rich, successful video game movie history to draw from, but maybe the director and writer will be enough to overcome that drawback? Dwight H. Little is directing and his past movie credits include Phantom of the Opera, Marked for Death, Free Willy 2, and Murder at 1600. An opera movie, Steven Segal, a sequel about a whale and Wesley Snipes... this doesn’t bode well for Tekken.
Alan McElroy wrote the screenplay for Tekken and you may know his work from such hits as Spawn, Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, The Marine and all three Wrong Turn movies. Oh man... Tekken is screwed. Hey, I could be completely wrong though and this movie will turn out to be the best fighting game movie ever adapted. We shall see.
What did you think about the trailer for Tekken and what are your thoughts about fighting game adaptations in general? Will Hollywood EVER get one right?
Tekken has no official release date but should overwhelm theaters in 2010.
Source: Cinema Blend
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