Mortal Kombat Movie Reboot Is A Go

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Mortal Kombat Movie Reboot Mortal Kombat Movie Reboot Is A Go

Fans of Mortal Kombat owe Kevin Tancharoen a round of applause. Not only did his viral independent teaser trailer, Mortal Kombat: Rebirth sway Warner Bros. into financing a 10-part web series (Mortal Kombat: Legacy) but he has successfully earned himself the director’s chair for the full-length feature film reboot of Mortal Kombat.

Deadline has the news which confirms that New Line Cinema is going forward with the Mortal Kombat reboot, which will be directed by Tancharoen off a screenplay to be written by Oren Uziel, who also wrote Rebirth.

There’s no word on a budget or cast as of yet, but the Legacy webseries featured recognizable talent including Michael Jai White, Jeri Ryan and Tahmoh Penikett. If Mortal Kombat is going to get a large budget and a big marketing push, there’s a good chance most, if not all of the actors from the web series will be replaced for the film.

Mortal Kombat: Legacy was given a lot of fan love for its indie origins and offering a new, grittier and somewhat more realistic take on the martial arts franchise but many didn’t see its quality or style as foretelling of the franchise.

Tancharoen, who directed the Fame remake as well as Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, hasn’t seen financial success at the box office but his passionate take on Mortal Kombat was enough to prove to Warner Bros. that he can direct action and that he does have a worthwhile vision to bring the franchise back theaters.

Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon couldn’t be happier however, as not only was the webseries a success but the latest (and 9th) installment in the video game franchise has proven to be the most successful yet, selling over 3 million copies and giving Warner Bros. Interactive a reason to get to work on the next game.

The original 1995 Mortal Kombat movie, which looked like an ’80s B-movie, earned a surprisingly impressive $120 million at the box office before its awful sequel earned less than half of that with its mostly-replaced cast. News of this reboot should be of no surprise since Warner Bros. almost went ahead with a new Mortal Kombat movie over two years ago with Oren Uziel also attached to write back then, but a legal issue with Threshold Entertainment Inc. ran interference on that happening.

With Tekken and the latest Street Fighter movies both flopping, bringing Mortal Kombat back is quite a risk, not too mention the consistent track record of video game movie disappointments. Can Mortal Kombat turn the tide? Will it feature a cast of bigger stars and be supported by a bigger budget? More importantly, will its action sequences – its key selling feature – actually be better than action sequences we’ve seen in non-fighting movies?


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Source: Deadline

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  1. I will have to wait and see. That said, if they get the budget I they can get Chris Evans to play Johnny Cage and Ali Larter to play Sonya Blade.

    • Chris Evans as Johnny Cage?? No way I Would have to say. He doesn’t fit that role

  2. Hell Yes!!’But damn with getting realistic .
    do you knw how badass it would be NOW with the kind of movies we make.
    Not only that, I think it will change the True MK Origins .Come one raidens a damn god

  3. From what you guys are saying I can tell it will suck & be a flop! & for some reason I’m sure that there will only be maybe 3 to 5 people who are good castings for the roles! & like (I Map Knees) said they need good-great actors who know how or can learn to fight.. The movie has so much potential..

  4. it was absolute rubbish wish they would bring out a decent film, i drather see a new mortal kombat film than the crappy hulk

  5. year they should bring a new mortal kombat out and use the cgi we have today, making crappy ones like legacy will flop, make a new film !!!! and use iron man and all the dc and marvel films as a sort of guide :P

  6. They should make it as a saga or trilogy. To really recognize all the characters. it would be legendary

  7. When are they gonna start filming. I seen on you tube that legacy 2 is started up but what about the movie. Will it be after mk legacy 2 or wat. Making us wait to long

  8. I don’t care what any one says.. I have been in love with mortal kombat since i was a little kid. I hope they come out with another movie asap. It will be hard to best the mortal kombat game that just came out(which was bad ass) but i can’t wait to find out!

  9. The movie tech we have now will make this a good movie if they don’t over do it and spice up the story a hair just to draw the gamers in

  10. Tony jaa as lu kane….jason stathem as johnny cadge or raiden….aiden peletari as sonya blade….lucy lu as katana…jet li as shang schun…..vine diesl as goro….horrible spelling by the way in a bit of a rush…lol…

  11. I have two available actors for you… Taylor Lautner and me Jennifer manor :D if you find us fit let us know because I think the new mortal kombat should have younger and newer actors. just a suggestion.

  12. Rick yune Lu kang, Jason stathem Kano , Ali larter Sonya , Daniel Craig raiden, Ryan Reynolds Johnny cage, terry Cruz jax







    NOW THAT WOULD BE LOVELY! an A-List of very damn good actors!

  14. I’m excited, as for cast suggestions I think they should cast Tony Ja as Lu Kang

  15. I wonder will it be like the mortal kombat from 1995. My thing is who’s going to be the bosses. Will they stick to the traditional shang tsung and goro or Sho Khan and kintaro.What about Motaro? I think they should stick to the script as much as possible. Take ideas from the 1995 movie and make it more 2014. I would like to see the pitII from mortal kombat 2 the game. I would like to see the portal from the Mk2 game. The arena from Mk2,hell i wanna see every raw level come to life.

  16. Wow, just when I didn’t think life could get worse. Do these movie people not have any original ideas left? Guess not since now they have to
    Mess with Mortal Kombat. Geez, come up with new ideas people, instead
    Of just another remake. Cause we all know remakes are always so much
    Better then originals. (Sarcasm).

  17. Don’t even think of changing Michael jai white as jax
    Jason statham as Kano
    Even tho I hate Rhonda rousey id chuck her in as just a ruthless sonya snapping arms off and ruthless combos.haha
    Scott Adkins Johnny cage
    Vin diesel as subzero. Just be awesome having that voice come out of his mask haha with some sick looking blue kinda eyes
    Jet li as Kung Lao
    Tony jaa as liu kang even thou robin shou owned that part and is the OG lieu kang.just old now.
    Jessica alba as kitana ;) lol
    Same rayden as in ahniahlation ………………..duhhhhhhhhhh got yas stuff that rude dude haha rayden a pretty tricky id probs put Keanu reeves half cast Asian look going on
    Russel Wong or Rick yung as scorpion or even keep same guy from legacy don’t really care subzero is better lol

  18. I’ll tell you what if they decide to go ahead with the movie. It better be f*cking good for Raiden sake!!!

  19. The only way this would make a good movie is if you put real moves with trained or black belt mixed martial artisits of today like they did in the 90′s but with graphics like from ghost rider or x men or lord of the rings. Modern is better not wattered down plus use the real plot of their stories. Those stories are always better.

  20. A real cast would be… ryan Reynolds as johnny cage, ronda rousey as sonya, jason statham as kano, liam neeson as raiden, dolph londrem as shu kon, the rock as jax, megan fox as katana, hugh jackman as sub zero.