Back in 2003, Jean-Claude Van Damme was working on a sequel to the original Street Fighter movie titled "Street Fighter II", for Universal. Several cast members had been hired to join him in the sequel, including his Universal Soldier co-star Dolph Lundgren in an unrevealed role, Australian actress Holly Valance would have replaced Kylie Minogue as Cammy White, and Damian Chapa would have re-praised his role as Ken Masters. Byron Mann was also reportedly in talks to return as Ryu Hoshi. However, after a few years of trying to get the sequel off the ground, the project never materialized and any plans for a sequel were scrapped in favor of this movie.
According to an on-line interview with MTV, Jean-Claude Van Damme was originally offered the chance of re-praising his role as Guile for this film. He would've been the only original cast member from the original film to return, but Van Damme turned down the offer.
In the video games, Vega is Spanish. In this film, Vega is Native American because Taboo is Mexican and Native American. In the video games, Vega wears a mask to protect his beauty; in this film, he wears it to hide his face.
First Street Fighter film (either live action or animated) to not feature Ryu and Ken in the characters cast. However, Ryu is mentioned at the end of the film as a formidable Japanese fighter entering a tournament.
This film marks the second time that the character Vega, was portrayed by an actor of Native American and Latin Ethnicity. Taboo who portrays Vega for this film, is Mexican and Native American. In the 1994 film "Street Fighter", the Spanish Vega was portrayed by Jay Tavare; who is White Mountain Apache and Latin.
Crates throughout Bangkok's industrial area were labeled "Toei". That was the Japanese animation group of American action hits-such as G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1983). This can also refer to Capcom's rival, Nintendo distributor "Koei".