“Shaq-Fu is a legendary Kung Fu master, just like i am in real life,” O'Neal told TheWrap's Lucas Shaw. “I could kick your ass right now.”
Shaquille O'Neal is taking another crack at video game stardom with an Indiegogo campaign to fund “Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn,” and he stopped by TheWrap and Indiegogo's Live Interview Studio at South by Southwest to explain why.
“Even though it's just labeled as a cult classic, it was a pretty good game,” the former NBA star told film reporter Lucas Shaw in the interview (above). ”Now with the new technology we have, I think it's going to be an exciting game.”
O'Neal and his collaborators working on the update of the 1994 2-D console fighting game (think “Mortal Kombat” with Shaq) are aiming for an “early 2015” release date, providing fans rally behind the crowdfunding campaign hoping to raise $450,000.
“Let's get one thing straight. It's going to take more than $450,000 to fund the game. Yes, I am putting my money into the game. And the fans have always been my partners,” O'Neal said. “We just wanted to use it as a measuring source, to see if there's some excitement, and there has been a lot of excitement.”
Just over $71,000 worth of excitement to date, which isn't a bad start for a campaign that has 41 days left to flourish.
So what the hell is “Shaq-Fu” you ask?
“A lot of people my age remember the game. People that know me know about my Shaq-Fu,” O'Neal said. “Shaqfu is a legendary Kung Fu master, just like i am in real life. I could kick your ass right now.”
Spoiler alert: Shaw survived the interview, but he did not escape completely unscathed.