It's been confirmed that the in production Street Fighter movie, The Legend of Chun-Li, will feature the buns of the leggy fighter, despite a decision to ensure the film has a more realistic feel.
"Regarding the tone, I'm pleased to say we are certainly not going for camp or cheese or any kind of laughs. A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into the making of this film, and, you're gonna see a lot of those ON film as well," explains the movie's blog.
The blog continues: "... we are going for a somewhat more realistic, gritty, dramatic, and oh yes, action-packed direction than you might expect. In turn, I think we're going to give you a much more satisfying film."
As a result of this realistic feel, some of the characters we know and love won't appear in the film as we know them - they'd look plain silly.
"... it'd be silly to put Neal McDonough's Bison in a bright red suit and captain's hat with a pair of humongous shoulder pads. It works great in the video game, but in real life, it just wouldn't look intimidating. The same can be said for Balrog. He's an enforcer. A killer. A take-no-shit brawler to the core. And so, how scary would he be on screen if he beat people up with boxing gloves and a pair of blue short-shorts?" explains the blog.
But what of Chun-Li? The blog notes that although now more realistic, the movie makers "haven't turned a blind eye on the game we all know and love. At some point, Chun Li will sport her trademark buns (the ones in her HAIR!)".
The movie's producer, Patrick Aiello, has also confirmed that Ryu and Ken will not be featured in the movie.
"Justin, Ashok and Capcom got together and decided to make it more of an origin story for Chun Li," explained Aiello. "There are just way too many characters in the Street Fighter universe to cram them all into one film. We want to do each one the justice he/she deserves. So, in short, Ken and Ryu will not be appearing in this film. But, that doesn't mean we won't see our red and white-clad heroes in potential sequels..."
Let's hope the Chun-Li movie does enough business at the box office to warrant a sequel.
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li is scheduled for release early in 2009.