Tekken the Movie … Why?

I don’t get it. Has Hollywood not learned from past failures in this genre that video game movie adaptations (VGMA) are a losing battle? I think the producers automatically think of the movies that did good like Lara Croft or Mortal Combat […]

I don’t get it. Has Hollywood not learned from past failures in this genre that video game movie adaptations (VGMA) are a losing battle? I think the producers automatically think of the movies that did good like Lara Croft or Mortal Combat but those movies are few and far between. They forget about train wrecks like Double Dragon, Super Mario Brothers, and Doom.

For the fighting game genre of VGMA there are even fewer movies that made any money. The last one to come out was Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li which grossed a tiny $8Million in the box office. DOA:Dead or Alive was even smaller with $480K. My speculation is the movie studios know they can cast no name actors cheap for these types of movies and they have a built-in audience from the video games. The problem is the audience will only take so much of these piss poor representations of their beloved video games before they won’t go at all.

I for one will probably skip Tekken when it comes out. I wasn’t much of a fan of the video game. I was more into Street Fighter and Virtua Fighter growing up. If Tekken sounds good to you, check out the trailer below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdUrryP0eWE

Here are some more preview articles for Tekken: io9 firstshowing

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