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Development roundup: Street Fighter TV series alive and kicking; Taken director lands sci-fi thriller; Lego Movie 2 adds Tiffany Haddish

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Mar 24, 2018, 5:09 PM EDT

There’s always something developing over in Hollywood, hence us writing so many of these development roundup stories. For this edition, a beloved video game is being adapted for television, the director of Taken has been tapped to direct a sci-fi thriller, and the cast for the Lego Movie sequel has just gotten a little bit bigger, and a whole lot more funny. So let’s get to it, shall we?

Decades after the big screen adaptation, it's looking like we’ll finally be getting a Street Fighter TV series. Entertainment One has announced that it will develop, produce, and finance an adaptation of the popular Capcom video game franchise for the small screen. Joey Ansah, Jacqueline Quella, and Mark Wooding, the team that created the live-action web series Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, will executive produce.

Street Fighter will draw on the game’s "World Warrior" story arc as the jumping off point for the series, centering on four protagonists: Ryu, Ken, Guile, and Chun-Li. Together, they fight to take down M. Bison, the evil mastermind who runs Shadaloo, a global criminal organization. Though on different journeys, the heroes’ paths will cross as they are drawn into the World Warrior Tournament, a competition devised by M. Bison to find the most powerful and capable fighter in the world. The four heroes must draw on their strength, skills, intelligence, and loyalty in a battle to survive and emerge as the “World Warrior.”

Street Fighter is a global tour de force franchise, having garnered immense worldwide commercial success and built a vast devoted fanbase that has only grown through its 30-year legacy. We are thrilled to be teaming up with Joey, Jacqueline, and Mark, who are already so deeply connected to this brand, to bring this adored story to television audiences everywhere,” said Mark Gordon, eOne’s president and chief content officer, film, television and digital, in a statement. “A particular strength of Street Fighter is the wide range of ethnically diverse characters and powerful women featured in the game. It will allow us to build an inclusive and engaging TV universe.”

The show will be one of first major new TV projects at eOne since Gordon joined the company in late January.

No word yet on when production starts or when we can expect to see some street fighting, so in the meantime, we can all re-watch the 1994 film adaptation starring Raul Julia and Jean-Claude Van Damme. 

Lakeshore Entertainment has announced that it has hired French director Pierre Morel, who directed the first entry in Liam Neeson’s Taken series, to helm the sci-fi thriller The New Mrs. Keller.

Here’s Lakeshore’s logline for the film: “Set in the near future, smart, beautiful and sophisticated, Vera Keller is far more than she seems as she ensnares her husband, prominent surgeon Dr. David Keller, in a tense deception. Virtual reality intertwines with reality as David’s world unravels.” Okay, that’s still pretty cryptic, although we suppose it’s better than IMDb’s sparse description of The New Mrs. Keller as "a Hitchcockian techno-thriller.” (Okay, that actually sounds pretty cool.)

Danish actor Claes Bang, star of the Oscar-nominated The Square, has been hired to play the male lead. Casting for the eponymous Mrs. Keller is apparently underway.

Lakeshore acquired Mark Hogan’s spec script for The New Mrs. Keller late last year in a bidding war and will be presenting the project to buyers at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. Production is set to start in October, with Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, and Eric Reid on board to produce.

Everything is awesome! Variety is reporting that Tiffany Haddish (Keanu, Girls Trip) is set to voice one of the stars in Warner Bros. Animations’ The Lego Movie 2. What role is she playing? At this point, who knows? Certainly not us, and not Variety, since Warner Bros. is remaining mum on character details at the moment.

Trolls director Mike Mitchell will direct the sequel, with original Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller producing along with Dan Lin and Roy Lee. Jill Wilfert from Lego Group, Chris McKay, and Jinko Gotoh are executive producing.

Lord and Miller wrote the first draft of the script for the sequel with BoJack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg coming on board for a re-write. Matt Fogel wrote the latest draft.

The Lego Movie 2 is set to hit theaters Feb. 8, 2019.

(Via Variety)