Fans of the long-running inter-dimensional fighting video game franchise Mortal Kombat are no strangers to bearing witness to ill-conceived film adaptations of their beloved property. Mortal Kombat was originally brought to the big screen by director Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil) in 1995; that film went on to become the fourth highest-grossing video game movie of all time and was followed by the all-but universally-disliked (though, at the same time, still lucrative) Mortal Kombat: Annihilation two years later from director John R. Leonetti (Annabelle).
Whether or not fans of the Mortal Kombat property are eager for another movie adaptation is a matter of personal opinion. One point to consider, though, is that filmmaker James Wan (The Conjuring 2) is currently onboard to produce another Mortal Kombat movie. After Wan finishes his work directing the DC Extended Universe’s Aquaman movie, the celebrated filmmaker is intent on helping to bring the fighting game property to thrilling cinematic life – and fully intends to take his time doing so, too.
In a recent interview with IGN, Wan made it clear that the Mortal Kombat movie he’s producing will not be rushed in any way, and that he is concerned first and foremost with Aquaman for the time being (in addition to the pilot episode of the MacGyver TV show reboot). However, Wan already has some ideas and enthusiasm for how he wants to adapt the video game property to the big screen. Speaking to his approach towards producing the adaptation, Wan stated:
“The key here is to try and do it right. I don’t want to rush into it. So right now, we’re just trying to take our time to make sure it’s heading in the right direction. I think that’s more important than trying to rush through it and pump up something that no one likes.”
That being said, the esteemed horror genre auteur-turned blockbuster director is excited by the opportunity to explore the many facets and pre-established mythology of the popular video game series. Citing several elements of the core gameplay and design that stands behind the Mortal Kombat property, Wan commented:
“I think they’re such colorful characters. It’s such an amazing take on, basically, ‘Enter the Dragon.’ It’s that fantasy version, the video game version, of ‘Enter the Dragon.’ This really mythical, bigger world that lives on another dimension on top of ours. I think that’s really fun to play with and so we’ll see.”
It will be exciting to see what path Wan takes after Aquaman, with a Robotech movie also on his to-do list over at Warner Bros. Pictures. The Mortal Kombat film is currently without a a director, with Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series helmsman Kevin Tancharoen having dropped out a few years ago after being originally set to call the shots. Hence, it will be some time before the fighting property finally sees life anew as a major motion picture – so here’s to hoping that it’s worth the wait.
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