The past few weeks have turned up several items of interest to Street Fighter fans.
- The upcoming Street Fighter movie (?) netted itself a big chunk of nerd cred by casting Lana Lang as Chun Li. Well played, Street Figher movie. Andrzej Bartkowiak is directing, who as you may have guessed from his name, is primarily known as a cinematographer. But he did direct Romeo Must Die, and er, Doom. An early script review can be read here, which says no on Ryu and Ken, yes on Vega and Balrog. Works for me. The movie is due out in 2009, but we should at least have a trailer in '08.
- Round One of the brilliant Street Fighter Rock Opera was released for free online by Arlington powerpop outfit Man Factory. Covered by Gnred in detail here, it is highly recommended.
- And most recently, game play footage from the new Street Fighter IV game was released. The graphics are surprisingly ugly; Ken and Ryu have wild eyed, mashed in faces and chunky, veins o poppin' arms that verge on the pornographic. But it looks like they left well enough alone with the gameplay, which seems to retain the quick-moving, side scrolling, button mashing fun of the original. More hadokens than you can shake a stick at, after the jump.
Another, even fuglier game play vid at 1Up.com. Bare in mind this is still in developement. Hope springs eternal.