‘Street Fighter’ Sets Spring 2026 Theatrical Release at Sony

Legendary codevelopes and produces the film adaptation with video game publisher Capcom

Street Fighter 6 by Capcom
"Street Fighter 6" (Credit: Capcom)

Sony Pictures has set the release for Legendary Pictures and Capcom’s upcoming adaptation of the “Street Fighter” video game series for March 20, 2026.

The film will be the second based on the hit fighting game franchise, following the cult 1994 film directed by Steven E. de Souza and released by Universal and Columbia/TriStar. Legendary first announced it acquired the film rights to the franchise from Capcom in March 2023.

“Street Fighter” debuted in arcades in 1987 and became one of the most popular fighting games ever made, with its 1991 sequel “Street Fighter II” becoming the gold standard of the genre with a two-player mode and a set of eight characters with their own fighting styles and combo sets. That sequel also spawned its own highly popular alternate versions, including “Street Fighter II Turbo” and “Super Street Fighter II.”

The success of the second in the series triggered a boom in fighting games during the early 1990s, influencing other series like “Mortal Kombat” and “Tekken” while spawning a hit crossover spin-off series with “Marvel vs. Capcom.” The success also led to the aforementioned 1994 live-action film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, a Japanese-produced animated film and an American cartoon series.


One response to “‘Street Fighter’ Sets Spring 2026 Theatrical Release at Sony”

  1. Kevin Jason R. Aurellado Avatar

    2026 is still a long way, and that gives Legendary ample time to find the right filmmaker, someone who has a deep knowledge and understanding of the Street Fighter mythos/lore.

    If I were Legendary, I would hire the man who did the best live-action Street Fighter adaptation to date in Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, Joey Ansah. Joey already has a good working relationship with CAPCOM after 3 live-action Street Fighter projects, and he has been wanting to do a live-action TV show on Street Fighter, Street Fighter: World Warrior, which got canceled a few years ago.

    If Legendary gives the directorial reigns to Joey Ansah, it could only mean great things for them, for the hardcore fans, and for the Street Fighter brand as a whole.

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