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. yessss finally we will get a mortal kombat that we fans deserve :D

    • as long as scorpion is the protagonist im all for it!

    • Correction, we, the fans, MIGHT get the MK movie we deserve. It could end up being horrible, I hope they cast Johnny Cage a bit older than the webisodes, and change his back story so he wasn’t a power ranger. Otherwise this does show promise.

  2. when i rematch the older movies they seem a bit childish hopefully the new movie won’t be and will be more liked the webisodes

  3. i’m not even a big MK fan but i can’t wait to see this.

  4. The first MK movie will always have a soft spot in my heart.

    I’ll have to wait and see the trailer before seeing if I’m excited about this reboot. At least they don’t have to depend on drawings anymore to tell part of the story :P

  5. Yes!!! Can not wait for this. Loved the web series and this should be no different with the exception of probably some or all cast members. I am in for this despite who they get. It will be kickass. MORTAL KOMBAT!!!!!!!

  6. I don’t care who he plays, but someone get Scott Adkins in this movie!

    • He can play Johnny Cage.

  7. I’m hoping they go for an R rating.

    If 300 can get by with one and make bank, then this should.

    I also hope it focuses on select characters and doesn’t suffer what Annihilation and Legend of Chun Li did.

  8. *Hopes Ray park gets casted as Toad if there go down the fantasy route and if they go down the realistic rebirth route… Hopes Ray park gets casted period.

    • Reptile?

        • Haha. Reptile may be your third favorite MK character, but in your earlier post you, I assumed, accidentally referred to him as Toad (which Ray Park played in X-Men). I was quickly, albeit ineffectively, trying to draw your attention to that mistake.

          • Oh… so i did. Whoops.

  9. I hope most of the actors get brought back (Johnny cage, Raiden, Sonya, Scorpion, and Jax where all played well IMO). But if they get replaced I’m gonna have to move back to the sideline.

    • Agreed…especially Michael Jai White. He is just a badass.

  10. Lets be honest, the most entertaining part about the web series was the cyborg fight. But for a web series, it was a decent attempt. Apparently it worked, (that and the mk game).

    • Um yea in your opinion… In my opinion only one episode sucked… Ok two. That was Kitana & Mileena part 1 and 2. every thing else was awesome.

      • The johnny cage story…was very iffy

  11. I cant wait:D I as long as liu Kang and Scorpion are in ( which they most likely are)Im all set

  12. RAY PARK.

    Do it. Doooooooo it.

  13. MORTAL KOMBAT!!!!!1

  14. @ Bio: there were some cheesy parts spread throughout the series tho cmon lol

    Its still exciting to see what the director can do with a bigger budget and more resources

  15. Well deserved. But, like I said before, get real actors to train in martial arts, not martial artists trying too hard to act. The Matrix pulled it off so why can’t Mortal Kombat?

    • Oh and I hope it would be a revenge movie of sorts. About Scorpion and Sub-Zero, don’t try to make it too congested with characters. Introduce new characters in sequels not all of them at once.

  16. Bring back Michael Jai White as Jax, Replace Kano Actor with Jason Statham, Jeri Ryan for a younger actress (Sorry too old), and bring back Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Shang Tsung. It also would help if Scorpion would be made the primary protagonist.

    • Statham dose not have enough hair to play kano.

      • He could be the original Kano with the bald head.

      • whats funny about that is cary finally looks like shang tsung lol. Hes a very underrated actor but he was fantastic as shang tsung

  17. If they make Mortal Kombat as it was supposed to be complete with Fatalities then it should do quite well. If they dumb it down for “All Audiences” then it will fail. The original arcade game was successful because it pushed the limits of what was ok in a game. Then they go against everything Mortal Kombat was when they did the movie. That is why it failed.

  18. Mortal Kombat: Rebirth was the best short film ever.

    I like how Kevin Techaroen try to make the film more realistic.

    But is the question is will the reboot have the realistic tone or a fantasy part will be in the movie.

    Michael Jai White should return as Jax, he is the perfect choice for Jax.

    Jensen Ackles should play Johnny Cage.

    Maybe Millia Jonvoich will play Sonya Blade.

    I just hope this reboot works out well because I like the first Mortal Kombat movie, it is the best video game movie adaption ever but the second movie destroys the whole chance of a great trilogy.

    • perfect choice for sonya blade!

  19. I wanna Kung Lao heavy movie. Dude has a messed up past and and kick ass demeanor. Perfect for a title character. Lui Kang should be the mysterious guy behind the scenes. Bring in some more disturbing characters like Kabal and what not. The game has evolved very well, let’s hope the film can! Oh and a final fight between Kang, Kung, Shang, Kahn, Goro, and Raiden would be much appreciated.

  20. Yeah I really hope they ditch the fantasy stuff, cause the web series was actually good until they went back in that direction with it. I want to see a gritty, realistic interpretation of Mortal Kombat. The fantasy aspect could be good, depending on the budget, but I don’t think the budget for this will that high. So just go with the realistic approach please. :)

    • There were decents parts in the webseries, but there isn’t a way to just “ditch the fantasy stuff” its mortal kombat the myhtology and mysticism makes it what it is. You can make it R rated make it gritty and realistic but you cant take out the fantasy

  21. Good news! Web series was great for the small amount of money put into it. A full budget production could be great!

  22. I wouldn’t mind the first movie just “redone.”

    I don’t want it toned down and realistic. There is not a damn thing realistic about Mortal Kombat. I want Lou kang shooting fireballs Sub Zero freezing fools.

    I’ll pay for it regardless but reaslistic is boring. Only a few of the web series were any good.

  23. So long as the studio executives stay out of the process and do nothing but write the checks and let this director do his thing then we shoudl see a finally sucesfull MK film. The material is there and the sucess of the first MK film shows this. SOme may think that MK1 was akin to an 80s BMovie but it scored big at the box office and on the rental market and sell thru so its far from being like an 80s B movie. The sequel flopped because it was treated like a guaranteed money maker so the proper appraoch to the film was not used and the studio paid for that poor judgement.

    I believe this guy has the right modern day take on an MK movie and if given a decent budget and left alone I believe he will provide something worth seeing.

  24. Hummm, I want to see this done because because even the original left much to be desired. The franchise has a LOT of potential but it has to be done right.

    I liked how Tancharoen’s series started out but many questionable choices in later installments have me a bit worried about the direction he will take a full movie.

  25. What they expect it was Ryu and Ken!

  26. For me, the series proved two things: Combat is NOT the only selling point for this series. I loved the story of each of the characters individually, and it gave depth to the whole idea. Granted, it’s all framed around a fighting competition, so we can’t expect to see too much of that in the movie. But I see that Tancharoen has a deep love for these characters, knows who they are, and knows how to bring them to the screen. The twists he threw in with the grit and closer-to-reality vibe were just icing on the cake.
    The second thing is that this guy knows how to direct action. He knows how to film it (unlike most modern directors) and he knows how to make it look real. So I’m all-for this movie. I’ll probably wait for a trailer, but as of now I’m seeing it in theatres.

  27. Michael Jai White. Also, I still have love for the first movie even though I haven’t seen it in years.

  28. If they are really going ahead on making this movie. Hopefully they will include what actualy made the the game famous. The fatalitys & all the others trick mk brought to us. also please let it be R rated, all the other fighting movies & basically every video game movie have all been released with a PG rating that really takes the fun out of what the entire world has already seen in the game.

  29. The new Movie should pick up right after where MK:Rebirth ended
    That short trailer was awesome!! Definitely should be a Scorpion movie. He is badass