As any video game or movie fan knows, it’s next to impossible to produce a decent movie based on a video game, let alone one based on a fighting game. Many have tried, from Mortal Kombat with Christopher Lambert to Street Fighter with Jean Claude Van Damme, and then again with Kristen Kruek. None have ever succeeded because they try to add backstory to an already luscious universe.
With that in mind comes the upcoming adaptation Tekken. The film is based on the popular Japanese fighting game of the same name. In the film, a rebel decides to go up against the evil Tekken corporation through a global fighting tournament called “Iron Fist”.
The script comes from Alan McElroy, who has penned other genre films such as Spawn, Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, and the Wrong Turn films. The very first trailer just hit, with thanks to Teaser-Trailer.com, and it looks like it may actually be worth watching. Why? Because all we see is punching, and that’s all we really need to see in a film based on a fighting game.
Check out the trailer after the jump, and catch Tekken in select theaters later this year.