Free Willy 2 Director Helms Tekken Film

Cleveland-born director Dwight Little (Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home) has been chosen to direct the live-action film adaptation of Namco Bandai's Tekken fighting franchise.

"The film plays out as a science fiction story set in the near future, about a rebel who rises up against the Tekken Corp. to seize freedom for his people," Little (pictured left) explained to Variety. "It's a gladiator story, but the video game has a complicated enough storyline that it provides the template for a martial arts spectacular."

The Tekken Corporation has never been featured in any of the existing Tekken games, which revolve around the no-holds-barred King of the Iron Fist Tournament. However, the game's mythology does include a private corporate army known as the Tekken Force.

With a script written by Alan McElroy (Left Behind: The Movie, Spawn, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers), the movie enters production on February 4.

Chris Faylor was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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