‘Tekken’ Acquired by Anchor Bay Films

Dwight H. Little's action-packed adaptation of the popular Capcom video game will arrive in theaters early next year.
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Tekken will be distributed by Anchor Bay Films in 2011 Anchor Bay Films announced today it had acquired U.S. and Australia/New Zealand distribution rights to Tekken from Steven Paul's Crystal Sky Pictures. Based on the bestselling videogame franchise from Namco, Tekken was written by Alan B. McElroy and directed by Dwight H. Little. Kevin Kasha, Executive Vice President Worldwide Acquisitions and Co-productions at Anchor Bay Films, made today's announcement.

Tekken will be released widely in the United States in 2011.

"The Tekken video game franchise has sold millions of copies over the past decade," commented Bill Clark, President of Anchor Bay Entertainment. "Crystal Sky has invested millions in the production, making sure they were able to convey not only the incredible fight scenes, but also the emotional journey of the main character, Jin."

Kasha added, "We're pleased to be able to partner with Crystal Sky Pictures to offer this film to the current and future fans of Tekken. We know how much anticipation there is for this film."

Tekken is set in a world run by all-powerful corporations, of which the mightiest is the Tekken Corporation, headed by Heiachi Mishima. These corporations regularly send their best fighters to challenge each other in the ring. After running contraband outside the fortified walls of Tekken City, Jin Kazama returns home in time to witness Tekken security forces destroying his home and murdering his mother. In order to avenge her, Jin enters the Iron Fist Tournament and is pitted against some of the most brutal martial artists in the world. However, as the tournament unfolds, he realizes that he is merely a pawn in a much bigger and deadlier game.

"We're delighted to have come to an agreement with Anchor Bay Films for the U.S., Australian and New Zealand release of Tekken," said Steven Paul, CEO of Crystal Sky. "Anchor Bay is a strong, upcoming distributor with a solid history and deep understanding of Japanese entertainment, and we know they will give the film a big push in the marketplace."

Tekken was produced by Steven Paul and Benedict Carver and Executive Produced by Daniel Diamond and Scott Karol. The film stars Jon Foo, Kelly Overton, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Ian Anthony Dale, Luke Goss and Gary Daniels, and features real fighters and martial artists such as Roger Huerta, Cung Le & Lateef Crowder. The film's stunt coordinator, Eric Norris and fight/Parkour choreographer, Cyril Raffaelli, whose credits include District B13 and The Transporter, collaborated closely to make the fight sequences as reminiscent of the videogame as possible.

Dwight H. Little previously directed Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, Murder at 1600, Rapid Fire, starring Brandon Lee and Marked for Death, starring Steven Seagal.

Created by Japan's Namco, Tekken is one of the videogame industry's longest-running and most successful franchises, with worldwide sales of more than 30 million units. Namco released Tekken VI, the latest in the series, in North America earlier this year to strong sales.

Tekken was released in 2011.

Sources: Anchor Bay Films

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  • felipe-11 • 5 years ago

    @Mieko_Siede I completely agree. I'm a Tekken fan and it wasn't a good movie, but it was still a decent adaptation and fun to watch (best martial arts video game movie since MK1). It could have been better if they sticked to the story a bit more and included each fighters signature moves (whice they didn't, it just looks like normal martial artists fighting).


    • jeph310 • 5 years ago

      if you go to the movie website letswatchsomething.com u will find the movie tekken in english and perfected picture quality instead of waiting till 2011


      • jimthar • 5 years ago

        you guys remember when martial arts movies were actually GOOD?? i agree that it cant be that hard to make a movie like this, or MK, good. what the hell is so difficult about it? the whole story is right there for you. hell i long for the days of AMERICAN NINJA as opposed to this crap.


        • mieko-siede • 5 years ago

          I don't think Tekken was all that bad bearing in mind all the other Godawful incarnations of popular video game franchise movies. Street Fighter (either of them) was horrible. Mortal Kombat, the first one was tolerable. The second--just forget about it. D.O.A., do I even need to mention that one? And The King of Fighters, there are no words to describe how horrifying the experience of watching that was. That was just to name a few. This one was missing some elements, true, but it was far better than I'd expected it to be. I'm only saying, it could have been worse. If you can't imagine how, look at Dragonball.


          • ejk1 • 5 years ago

            Alright, MK wasn't all that bad, but the second one was so awful it completely soured me one the whole thing.


            • remy72883 • 5 years ago

              This is still gay and guess what, it still hasn't changed, Hollywood at their best


              • adit365 • 5 years ago

                In My Country

                This Film Has Been Released In June

                and its mess......


                • jose-ctm • 5 years ago

                  I As Well Saw It It Gives Me Absolute Disgust....But You Gotta Admit It Was Better Than Dragonball lol.....has anyone seen The King Of Fighters?


                  • lilzook • 5 years ago

                    please dont let this come to theaters i saw this and was completely disgusted..they where killing charcters left and right..and didnt even match the charcters personalities with the game..it was awful..


                    • doubler0522 • 5 years ago

                      Thanks Guys for letting me know ahead of time, now i can save my money lol


                      • themime • 5 years ago

                        The whole movie was a SH!T-load of disaster. The End


                        • messenger • 5 years ago

                          MK was not that bad.


                          • wayne-1986 • 5 years ago

                            i am now officially pissed off, why delay for so F%&*(£G LONG?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! oh and ejk1, street fighter was crap, granted, but even ed boon and john tobias were involved and happy with the mk movie.


                            • jmp • 5 years ago

                              man they lied to us they say it was coming out this year


                              • tattoofreak87 • 5 years ago

                                i've already seen it and i must say im a fan of Tekken and it could have been much much better.


                                • papa-panda • 5 years ago

                                  I will pay you NOT to release this movie.


                                  • ejk1 • 5 years ago

                                    Anyone that plans on seeing this movie, please remember the following: Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter. That is all.


                                    • dfella • 5 years ago

                                      this sh*t sucks so f*ckn bad they ack like they dont no wat to do wit these fightin game movies! how fukn hard is it? they fukn up street fighter, dragonball z, the second mortal kombat, fist of the northstar, an now tekken! they sum fuk ups call michael bay or chris nolan they da best out there if u want your sh*t to sale......


                                      • mbrandon11 • 5 years ago

                                        WhATTTT its still not out in the states??? DO NOT WATCH IT - terrible film - literally, terrible!!!!!


                                        • thesymbiote • 5 years ago

                                          @casshern76 it does


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