‘Mortal Kombat’ Movie Won’t Connect to ‘Legacy’ Webseries

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Since the early 1990s, Mortal Kombat has been one of the most successful and long-running video game franchises in history. The games were adapted for film in 1995, but after a disappointing sequel in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation and a short-lived television show, fans’ favorite combatants remained trapped in the confines of their video game world, with a return to live-action little more than a distant possibility.

Enter Kevin Tancharoen’s Mortal Kombat: Legacy. That web series has effectively given the franchise the resurgence it so desperately needed. Not only were people once again talking about memorable characters like Sub-Zero, Sonya Blade and Liu Kang, but a possible movie reboot has became more of an inevitability. Tancharoen has since been selected to spearhead the new film, and now – as season 2 of Legacy prepares to launch – we have an update on its status.

According to ComingSoon.net, the next Mortal Kombat film is still in development and slowly moving forward. Here’s what Tancharoen had to say about the project:

“We’re still pushing through on that. The script is in a good place. We’re just kind of figuring out the budget and locations and that whole process is where we’re at.”

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Months ago, we heard rumors that the filmmaker had secured a budget between $40 million and $50 million for the film. However, those numbers were unofficial and could very well not reflect the current vision for the Mortal Kombat reboot. Quite possibly, Tancharoen has been putting his time and effort into the second season of Legacy in hopes that it will boost the franchise’s reclaimed popularity even further, thereby helping to push the film through development a bit more smoothly.

Fans may have to wait a bit longer for Mortal Kombat to return to the big screen, but one thing that they shouldn’t hold their breath for is a film that will translate the Legacy web series to film, Tancharoen said.

“I think everyone’s intention is to start fresh because we want Legacy to live on its own possibly for multiple seasons, and when it comes to Mortal Kombat, it’s been around for 20+ years. We’re going to take the mythology and add another layer on it so it can live on for another 20 years or more! I think this is a unique opportunity to set that ground work.”

The logic here is, of course, not to restrict what either the web series or prospective film can do. Legacy has been limited to a much lower budget and its grittier, more grounded aesthetic may not be the best route to take for the film, since there will be more room to introduce some of the franchise’s more supernatural elements. That being said, fans of Legacy‘s tone are not likely to embrace a campy PG-13 version of their beloved franchise.

Are you disappointed that the new Mortal Kombat film will start fresh, story-wise? Would you like to see it embrace the tone of Legacy or take another approach entirely? Sound off in the comments section below.


Mortal Kombat: Legacy II will debut online on September 26, 2013, only on Machinima.

Source: ComingSoon.net

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  1. I would like to see the tone of Rebirth made into film.

  2. I’d like them to start fresh!

  3. MK Legacy gives the Mortal Kombat mythos a darker tone, and I believe that this was what was needed

  4. i would like to see something either from mortal kombat: conquest series which i thought was better then the new legecy series got going now and adept from that as it would make the series feel better and the actors more orignal to the flim, use the same actors and not kill off the charters so quickly and you will have old and new fans liking what they see hopefully.

  5. I wonder what it’s going to be rated.

  6. I think starting fresh is the best option, this way we fans can have different takes on the same subject and we can choose which we like most

  7. How did I not know about Mortal Kombat Conquest? Off to youtube, I go.

  8. I love the legacy web series for MK. I can’t wait for season 2 to start. If they ever do get to make another MK movie I’m cool if they go around this route. A fresh take on this property has so many possibilies. Tancharoen has done just that, I just hope he stays this passionate when he gets the green-light to go ahead with a MK movie.

  9. I don’t care either way. I just want to see a new MK movie.

  10. I would like to see a movie based on UMK3 that includes all characters and story from UMK3.

  11. I’m definitely going to keep an eye on this film. I saw a bit of Rebirth and thought it was great, especially the trailer.

  12. Better to start fresh and hopefully, that means the ninjas have masks that look more like the videogame counterparts.

    The thing I worry about is Kano. Trevor Goddard made such an impression in the first movie that it’s hard to picture anyone else in the role, despite Goddard’s death some time ago.

    (In fact, if I remember correctly, he was so popular in the role that Boon and Tobias changed Kano’s back story so that the character became Australian)

    Maybe bring back Ray Park but in a different role instead of him being relegated to Raiden’s fight scene in that godawful second movie.

  13. Animalities into the MK films. Anyone?.. Personally I wouldn´t mind if done nicely.

  14. Then what’s the point of making the Legacy series… or the reboot movie if it’s not meant to intertwine with one another? o_O

    I personally feel it would be awesome if both are linked, or at least told from different perspective. Oh well…

    • Legacy could be to prove it can be done on a small budget and that there’s interest there so that a studio can give the go-ahead to another movie.

  15. Cut all the bs and just have fatalities. Real ones. Rated R please…..

  16. I am super stoked for this movie. Just throwin that out there.

  17. I think it is a great idea, not everyone has seen the online series, and so why try to link to that, you may lose people in the story or repeat what has already been done, and I agree that is unfair to the people who have followed the series online, so do make the movie a separate story and allow fans to enjoy both series, or bring new people to enjoy the movie.

  18. I will never have a problem with anything Mortal Kombat does. I’m too much of a fan, I guess. I love MK: Annihilation. The only things I didn’t like was MK’s story in MK vs. DCU and MK9′s story. Raiden was such a dumbass.

  19. i agree, they should start fresh. and take their time. make sure the costumes look good and the lines aren’t cheesy. and not animated reptiles, that was a huge let down. keep the ninja theme or at least keep the characters ninja-like, like in the video games. this could be a great movie series but it has to be done with adult viewers in mind. MK fans are all over 21. The games are rated M so the movies need to be bloody and gory with tons of fights. We need storyline, background info, and killing, and then more ruthless killing. remember this franchise is about fighting and tearing off someone’s limbs. It’s not about why liu kang loves kitana. with that said, i really hope the creators get it right and do a great job.

  20. The picture on the top does not look appropriate for any Mortal Kombat film. It looks kinda ridiculous if you ask me. But I think it should be a complete reboot or a distant sequel to the first film.

  21. i have to admit annihilation was such a disappointment i don’t think i really care if they ever do another one. it was easily the worst movie of the 90′s(even worse than B&R and the power rangers). It was such a shame too because the first one was really good but that sequel was total garbage. it was just as effective in killing a brand name as the matrix 3.

    maybe the kids will go see it but i’ll pass either way.

  22. I personally would like a fresh start, or something similar to the first two films, but better. To me it goes like this. Mortal Kombat 9 had a great story, so something along those lines. The first two movies were good, just didnt seem like too much effort went into the second one. Go along with either of those two routes, or something original. In other words, as long as you stay away from the webseries, it should be good, but thats my opinion.

  23. I think the web series is the best route, because it’s more grounded in a way and it gives a better understanding to this new generation that is learning about the game.

  24. i’m all for a reboot to the movie but they should make it rated R show a few brutal fatalities like in the games the sequel would’ve been good had a solid plot but everything else about that movie besides liu kang katana being the same were executed poorly

  25. The whole series is frustrating because they spend a minute explaining episodes before and after in a 10 minute episode it’s moronic. Good job ruining would be fans because the content is great but the medium is very frustrating and has lost me all together