Screenwriter Justin Marks Explains Street Fighter Adaptation
We all saw those first few photos from Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li and saw how terrible they all looked. As bad as they were, it may be because Andrzej Bartkowiak is a piss poor director, not because Justin Marks' script for the film is bad. Marks is the sole screenwriter who wrote the script for this latest attempt at bringing Street Fighter to life on the big screen, but he's not as problematic as you may think. Marks was the same guy who wrote the masterpiece He-Man script and was referred to as "the most gainfully employed professional fanboy on the planet" - literally one of the best fan screenwriters working in Hollywood at the moment. And if that's not enough, Newsarama caught up with Marks recently, who briefly explained the back story behind his interest in the project.
"Well the guy who wrote it, Steven E. de Souza, was the writer on Die Hard, and directed it [the 1994 Street Fighter movie] too. I think it was just a function of what you see with movies like Batman and Robin opposed to Batman Begins, the creators of the former had a different Batman experience when they were young -- the 60's TV show, and now in the Nolen era, the influence are things like Millar's The Dark Knight Returns, and so that example is taken into the stratosphere. While I'm definitely not comparing Street Fighter to Batman Begins, I grew up with the Street Fighter games, and I don't see them as cheesy or funny, but as serious characters that deserve to be explored in their own right."
That explanation actually gives me some hope for the film. And his statement seems to fall right in line with the desires of Fox, considering this one is called The Legend of Chun-Li, which may mean we'll see The Legend of Ryu or even The Legend of Ibuki eventually as well. As I mentioned, the problem with this film seems to be with director Andrzej Bartkowiak, whose previous credits include Cradle 2 the Grave and Doom. I'm honestly worried that this will have a great script, courtesy of Marks, but poor direction, courtesy of Bartkowiak, and will be nothing exciting in the end. Too bad, because it had some potential. You can read more from Marks on the Hack/Slash film as well over at Newsarama.
Does Marks' statement about the seriousness of the characters instill any confidence in you?