‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy’ Director Drops Out of Movie Reboot

Published 1 year ago by , Updated October 29th, 2013 at 3:51 pm,

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Mortal Kombat may be one of the best-selling video game series in history, but the brand hasn’t had an easy time getting on the big screen. The initial 1995 film adaptation – directed by a pre-Resident Evil Paul W.S. Anderson – scored fairly well at the box office, but its lackluster sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, effectively put the budding film franchise to rest just two years later.

Things had been looking up for fans of the notoriously violent video games when filmmaker Kevin Tancharoen resurrected the live-action version of the franchise, first with his Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short film and then with the hit web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy. Previous reports had Tancharoen leading the charge to bring Sub-Zero, Scorpion and numerous other fan-favorite combatants back to the big screen, but that’s no longer going to happen.

Tancharoen took to Twitter to make the announcement that he has left the big-screen Mortal Kombat reboot.

The director offered no explanation why he was leaving the project, and it remains unconfirmed if Tancharoen’s disassociation from development of the new Mortal Kombat film also means he’s no longer tied to any potential future seasons of Legacy, though season 3 is far from a sure thing at this point anyway. It’s possible that the studio lost confidence in the director’s ability to deliver a successful film – especially one with a budget once reported to be as high as $50 million – or perhaps Tancharoen chose to leave the project over creative differences.

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Regardless of the reasoning behind it, fans of Mortal Kombat: Legacy are sure to take this turn of events especially hard. The director’s sudden departure from the film certainly comes as a surprise, given how had become prone to talking up the in-development film. Just recently, he was discussing how the project would essentially serve as a “war film” and would serve as a standalone experience entirely separate from Legacy.

To many fans, it appeared clear that Tancharoen had proven himself a worthy steward of the Mortal Kombat universe and had a specific vision in mind for the new film. Here’s hoping that another filmmaker with as much passion in the property can swoop in and save the prospect of a new Mortal Kombat film from sinking back into development hell.


Stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest updates on the new Mortal Kombat film.

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  2. This does come as a surprise, probably because Tancharoen has been ushering the new franchise with intensity, as you’ve said.

    Aside from Rebirth and 2 really good Legacy episodes, he hasn’t really done well for the franchise.
    I’m not confident Tancharoen could deliver a breathtaking masterpiece.

    Jon Chu seems to have that ‘flowing action’ sequential, cinematic s*** down to a science.

    What the franchise needs is a flippin screenwriter!

    Scott Z. Burns! Save us!

    • +1 for Scott Z. Burns. He’s an excellent writer.

    • Please not Jon Chu. He ruined GI Joe for me.

      • It wasnt him. It was the producers getting in the way and making a big mess.

  3. I only really watched the first few episodes of Legacy which I thought were good and Rebirth which I really enjoyed. It sucks to lose his talent but after his input, I’m hoping the studio follow suite with something similar to the tone and style Tancharoen laid out.

  4. Well that’s unfortunate

  5. Rebirth and season one were great, season 2 premier was good, but the rest just sucked. It was conveluted, confusing, and ermac looked like a cheap party city costume…. he couldn’t figure out how to do an iverarching story. This should be good news for the movie. WB can do so much better.

  6. Kevin Tancharoen was our best hope for a decent MK film. He wrote a positive ” I’m outta here,!”. Twitter, good for him. He put three hard years into this stuff, who knows what happened.

  7. I’m actually a little happy about this because Rebirth and Legacy weren’t really that good and came across as horrendous fan-made style productions that just felt cheap and poorly made.

  8. This is amazing news, he totally blew it. Good riddance

  9. He made a wrong decision. Fine, his problem. He dont loved his work anyway.

  10. I’m betting the reasons for his leaving were a mixture of people disappointed in season 2′s direction and the studio not allowing him full creative control with their money on the possible movie (understandable if they are going to commit a sizable amount of cash)

  11. sad news but i reckon , as usual, hollywood decided against creativity and focus on stupidity.

    i reckon they said “we’ll give you more money, if you do what we say”

    and he said “bye”.

    • Most studios don’t pull a, “do what we say” attitude. There is such a thing as prudence if someone spending a lot of YOUR money any way they see fit. (see Disney and John Carter for an example of why this is not a good idea)

  12. I think it’s a good thing; season 2 of the web series was dull.

  13. He probably got tired of waiting for them to green light the production process. His comment made it seem like there had been an uphill battle for this movie. I’m guessing WB is again one track minded and more focused on the DCCU and not giving any attention to other, possibly risky properties.

  14. This seems fishy to me. Why would someone who was so passionate about the property, just up and quit after only three years?

    Something doesn’t add up.

  15. I was really unimpressed with this guy’s web series. Storytelling tip: take it easy with the flashbacks; a fighting game adaptation shouldn’t end up feeling more nonlinear than Cloud Atlas.

  16. Perhaps he has been given a Marvel TV project…maybe heroes for hire or something…after all, his sister is involved with AOS…

  17. kevin tancharoen doesn’t know how to give impact. it’s clear from rebirth and the legacy series that he just wanted to focus on Scorpion alone. Season Episode 7 & 8 was entitled Scorpion & Sub-Zero but really, the story of those episodes were centered on Scorpion. That was a huge bummer.

  18. I’m glad he’s gone rebirth was cool but it was a fluke. Am I the only that thinks this is a perfect project for Zach Synder? I mean he’s in bed with WB already..

  19. I’m glad he’s gone rebirth was cool but it was a fluke. Am I the only one that thinks this is a perfect project for Zach Snyder? I mean he’s in bed with WB already..

  20. The producers of Watchmen need to rebbot Mortal Kombat (the movie) period!

  21. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about FIlm.


  22. i think chris sutter would do amazing….even though hes doing more realistic stuff i still think he could work it