One thing the revered Tekken series has never been known for is its movie adaptations. Both 1998’s Tekken animated feature and last year’s live action abomination of a movie, also called Tekken, have been received quite poorly from critics and fans alike. Let’s hope the third time is actually the charm because a new Tekken movie, Tekken: Blood Vengeance, has been announced.
The reveal comes by way of the big boss man in charge of Tekken, Katsuhiro Harada. First off, the movie will be made from computer graphics. Most video game fans will tell you that CG is the way to go for movie adaptations; for a great example, go see Final Fantasy: Advent Children. Instead of forcing the awkward realism of a live action picture or the instant underestimation of an animated epic, they’ve chosen to go for something in-between.
As if that wasn’t enough, some top notch talent is contributing to the creation of the movie. Youichi Mouri (Opening cinematics for Tekken 5 and 6) will serve as director, Dai Sato (Cowboy Bebop and Ghost in the Shell: SAC) is responsible for the screenplay and Digital Frontier is handling the CG, the same group responsible for the Resident Evil: Degeneration film. I’ve always believed that the Tekken lore was rich enough to make a great movie but the right people needed to get their hands on the IP. I seriously hope that happens this time. Blood Vengeance is due out this summer. Hit the break for the gorgeous trailer.