‘Mortal Kombat’ Reboot Update: Kevin Tancharoen Has $40-50 Million Budget

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Mortal Kombat Film Reboot Budget Mortal Kombat Reboot Update: Kevin Tancharoen Has $40 50 Million Budget

Word on the Mortal Kombat film reboot, from Kevin Tancharoen, has seen few (albeit sporadic) updates ever since the director received a green light over a year ago. Official announcement of the project stated that New Line Cinema would be financing the Mortal Kombat adaptation but, at the time, it wasn’t exactly clear how much money would be on the line.

Now, thanks to a recent update from Mortal Kombat: Legacy producer, Lance Sloan (Act of Valor), we’ve now got a clearer picture of the proposed budget for Tancharoen’s adaptation and, as a result, what kind of scale fans can expect from the project.

According to a candid slip of the tongue by Sloan, while speaking with The Web Series Network, Tancharoen is reportedly working on a Mortal Kombat production that is set to cost New Line Cinema around $40-50 million (likely before marketing).

You can check out the interview with Sloan below:

While it’s certainly fun to hear about the infamous Mortal Kombat: Rebirth viral video from the perspective of producers, considering we were equally puzzled by the short film when it first appeared, the most enticing tidbit is obviously unofficial “insight” into the scope of Tancharoen’s upcoming adaptation. To put that $40-50 million in perspective, it’s important to keep in mind that studios rarely release official budget numbers and, even when information is available, it’s often unclear whether or not the “budget” includes post-production costs like marketing and promotions.

The original Mortal Kombat (1995) film only cost $18 million (unadjusted for inflation) but plenty of high-profile films easily cross the $100 million mark these days (The Avengers – $220 million, The Dark Knight Rises – $230 million, or the most expensive, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End – $300 million). Nevertheless, cost doesn’t necessarily determine quality – especially when top-notch visual effects are becoming increasingly affordable.

Here’s a run down of a few current movies reportedly budgeted near Mortal Kombat‘s proposed price tag:

Then there are films like Chronicle ($12 million) and Monsters ($500,000) that deliver quality character stories and solid visual effects while on very strict budgets. Tancharoen’s aforementioned Mortal Kombat: Legacy web-series managed a similar challenge – though fans will, no doubt, expect bigger and better action scenes in the feature film version (more akin to the Cyrax and Sector episode of the series as opposed to the Kitana and Mileena installments). Of course, if New Line Cinema approves of the film’s direction during production, it’s also possible that they’ll throw more money at the project – to beef up the VFX or even add additional sequences.

It’s also worth noting that the Mortal Kombat reboot was, at one point, rumored to be green lit at price tag up to $100 million – so it’s also possible that Sloan is understating the actual film budget and Tancharoen could be working with a lot more money. However, while Mortal Kombat is a recognizable brand, that doesn’t mean it’s going to pull-in big box office bucks on name alone – so the $40-50 million window sounds like a more reasonable (read: safe) jumping off point for the production.

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As far as what fans can expect from the story, it’s been months since Bloody Disgusting reported that the film would follow “a lowly unlucky supermarket employee who discovers that he has out of this world powers and must decide between good and evil, even though the evil side has helped him discover his true potential and who he really is.” Tancharoen later debunked that rumor – a good thing considering reaction to the set-up was overwhelmingly negative (despite plenty of enduring trust in Tancharoen). As a result, while the Mortal Kombat reboot is still expected to follow the tournament storyline pretty closely, we’re still eager to hear how the director intends to differentiate his version from the “original.”

The film does not have a set production start date (yet). In the meantime, Tancharoen is hard at work on the second Mortal Kombat: Legacy webseries season. Check out the director’s season two announcement below:


Follow me on Twitter @benkendrick for future updates on Mortal Kombat, as well as movie, TV, and gaming news.

Source: The Web Series Network [via CBM]

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    • Thanks Bruce. I didn’t put much faith in that plot rumor but figured it was worth mentioning. We hadn’t seen that Tancharoen directly debunked it. I’ve updated the article accordingly.

  1. Oh, look! They’re gonna reboot Mortal Ko… Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  2. I really think they should make this into a starz series or something. One movie can’t possibly please all the Mortal Kombat fanboys (like myself), who want to see a lot of each development in each character. I think a show would be great and should be in the same vein as Spartacus.

    • The problem with that is, while there might be more background material than a couple movies could cover, after that it becomes extremely shallow and repetitive (there is only so much “Kombat” they can do, especially if the victors actually finish off their opponents like they should). There just isn’t enough material imho to last for more than a couple seasons.

      Plus a MK TV series was done and lasted 2 years I believe. So it’s been tried.

  3. Angels & Airwaves movie L)VE had a budget of $500,000 and that movie was beautiful

  4. I clicked on this link thinking it was Terminator… screw Mortal Kombat.

    • I thought that too until I realised it was Kano’s well known face plate/eye.

      Speaking of Kano, does anyone else think it’ll be hard to top Trevor Goddard’s portrayal?

      • Agreed, though I’d be happy to see someone give it a go :) I’d love to see a MK Reboot – but I’m with you on Kano, he will be hard to top

  5. Don’t forget District 9! That was made for just 30 million and was amazing. :)

  6. Where is Goro,and Retile? Really two of my favorite characters.

  7. Goro AND Reptile????

  8. I honestly don’t know how they are going to pull off the FX needed to turn it into an A grade movie on a budget that small. Comedies now a days are running 50 mil so I’m just not seeing a quality movie come out of this.

    • Really? Just look at District 9′s budget, I think MK should be no problem my guy.

      • District 9 is probably a good argument for a film with a low budget looking good, but that’s probably not the norm. They used small time FX houses, and they had nobody actors, and they also shot in South Africa – so that all probably contributed a lot to keeping the costs down.

        I hope MK can pull off something similar, but the other films mentioned with similar “low” budgets didn’t have the kind of FX that should be in a Mortal Kombat film.

        I wouldn’t mind them not using CGI for the blood though.

  9. I regretfully remember when the Mortal Kombat movie came out, and I recall thinking even then (I was a teenager), that I could do better. I actually had frickin’ ideas of how to do it, because I loved the game, and thought a well-done movie would be fun and entertaining. All that being said, money is not the biggest factor here, the quality of the director and the storyline is. Please, just don’t use Christopher Lambert as Raiden again. That crushed my spirit. ;)

  10. I just hope Tancharoen doesn’t repeat his retarded idea of Raiden as a guy who can’t even get out of a mental asylum.

    • Seriously. That was the worst episode of the whole season by far.

  11. The small budget may be a blessing in disguise. It might force a more character driven story rather than over-the-top special effects.

  12. The only positive thing about this is that it gives some film makers a job for the near future.

    Then again I can think of a lot better uses for 50 million dollars than another inevitably awful Mortal Kombat movie.

  13. Hears a great idea… why not just make a real movie Rebirth of Mortal Kombat, the old ones, classic, yes but with all the new modern technology, it would be awsome, you already have clips and short moives, so again i ask why not just take it to the big screen?

  14. Two things are all I ask in return for DEFINITELY seeing this film.
    1. Michael Jai White.
    2. Jeri Ryan.
    That is all.

  15. Did I miss the robots? Cyrax and Sektor missing?

  16. they should have a terminator fight in mortal kombat.

  17. I think they need to REBOOT the franchise and avoid the “tournament” plot and make it more movie like. Make it to where the characters are from different realms that were conquered and destroyed by Shao Kahn and they have been seeking refuge on earth for centuries and have been hiding their ancient powerful abilities. Which makes them Earths only hope at stopping Shao Kahn’s nearly unstoppable invasion…. And also make it kind of like a wild goose chase… Like they are trying to find where Shao Kahn’s headquarters are, and everyone they fight and kill points them in a new direction getting them closer and closer to Kahn (which is kind of like a tournament I guess) And they need FATALITIES, the first two movies sucked because they wasn’t bloody at all.

  18. I hope they Make the movie like the rebirth series i fort it was realy good dark and grimey

  19. Opppps mean legacy

  20. Can’t wait for the new movie. : ) i hope it outdoes the originals if that’s at all possible. Hope we get to see a little striker and kabol, too.

  21. if its just like the rebirth series by focusing on scorpion n subzero, its going to be a hell of a film. 2015 cant come any quicker!