Announced today by Namco Bandai, this summer's movie line-up will include TEKKEN Blood Vengeance. I'm usually quite wary of cross-media adaptations, but the team has a breadth of knowledge that might support their work. TEKKEN Blood Vengeance will be produced by Digital Frontier, written by Dai Sato, and directed by Youichi Mouri.
The film will be a full-length, 3D CG movie that delves into the back story of the Tekken characters.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., - May 11, 2011 – NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., today announced that TEKKEN Blood VengeanceTM, a new full-length 3D compatible feature film, created in full CG and set in the rich Tekken universe, will be releasing in summer 2011. Taking place in the world and true to the characters and history of the Tekken franchise, TEKKEN Blood Vengeance is being produced by Digital Frontier (Resident Evil: Degeneration, Death Note and Appleseed), with the screenplay written by Dai Sato (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Cowboy Bebop). Directing the project will be Youichi Mouri, who directed the opening movies for both Tekken® 5 and Tekken® 6: Bloodline Rebellion.
“We’re thrilled to be taking the characters, history, and legacy of the Tekken universe into a full-length 3D movie,” said Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing, NAMCO BANDAI Games America. “Tekken is one of the most recognizable fighting franchises in video games and we believe fans have an enthusiastic appetite for seeing the characters in a new medium. This is a great opportunity for players to learn the histories and motivations behind the fighters who join the King of Iron Fist Tournament.”
"Over the past years that I've been working on Tekken, fans have been begging for a full CG Tekken movie," said Tekken creator and project director Katsuhiro Harada. "This movie is for those fans. Tekken has always been known for its colorful array of characters and background stories, and this movie is just one way of exploring that world from a new angle while bringing insight to the series."
With a 16-year legacy, Tekken is among the most popular and well-known gaming brands in the world; the entire franchise selling more than 40 million units globally to date.
For more information on TEKKEN Blood Vengeance, please visit: www.namcobandaigames.com