Bartkowiak (Romeo Must Die, Cradle 2 the Grave) claims previous game-to-film experience from his nuanced handling of the Doom adaptation and will direct a script by Justin Marks, who is currently also writing the upcoming Voltron and Masters of the Universe films. Filming on the Hyde Park-produced, Fox-distributed action film will begin next year.
As well as his directing credits, Bartkowiak boasts cinematographic experience on Speed, Nuts, and Gossip (sounds like a decent Shackmeet).
The film is already known to revolve around Street Fighter's Chun Li; actress Jessica Biel (Home of the Brave, Summer Catch, Stealth) was recently rumored to be a contender for the part. Earlier this year, developer Capcom announced its intention to bolster its relationship with Hollywood.
In a shocking and unusual twist on standard video game plot devices, the film's Chun Li will embark upon a "journey for justice." Specific details of the journey, such as its departure point, destination, and scheduled time, were not revealed.