With over 40 million copies sold and strong reviews for the most part (especially for the second and third ones), the video game franchise “Tekken” has not surprisingly seen three adaptations since the series began – a late 90’s two-part anime series, last year’s full-length CG-animated 3D anime feature “Tekken: Blood Vengeance”, and Dwight H. Little’s 2010 live-action film.
Despite video game series director Katsuhiro Harada dismissing the live-action film, Crystal Sky Pictures CEO Steven Paul says they’re forging ahead with a prequel entitled “Tekken: Rise of the Tournament” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Opening in Japan theatrically in 2010, the film went direct to video in the U.S. through Anchor Bay. Paul however hopes the prequel, which Prachya Pinkaew (“Ong Bak”) will direct, will get a domestic theatrical release. No deal is in place as of yet.