Ever since Kevin Tancharoen brought the Mortal Kombat franchise back into the mainstream, fans have been clamoring for a new live-action movie. And they almost got their wish when Tancharoen’s short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth gave rise to web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy, and then New Line Cinema began development on a new big-screen adaptation.
Yet despite Mortal Kombat being one of the best-selling video games in history, the series hasn’t always had an easy time getting into theaters. A 1995 adaptation, directed by Paul W. S. Anderson (pre-Resident Evil), earned a respectable $122 million worldwide, positioning it as the fourth highest-grossing video game movie ever released. But two years later, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation was almost universally panned, and didn’t make half as much at the box office.
For the past few years, it’s seemed like New Line’s Mortal Kombat reboot wouldn’t even get off the ground, after Tancharoen dropped out in 2013. Now, The Tracking Board reports that Furious 7 and Aquaman director James Wan has been hired to produce and bring new life to the stalled film.
From Mortal Kombat: Rebirth writer Oren Uziel (who is also currently working on Men In Black 4) and The Expendables writer Dave Callaham, the script for the reboot is said to follow “a seemingly harmless guy who realizes his potential when he finds himself caught in the middle of a cross-dimensional battle between the warriors of Earth and the monsters of Outworld. Now, in order to stop the world from total destruction, he must win the martial arts tournament known as Mortal Kombat.”
Having also directed Insidious and The Conjuring, Wan could be the perfect person to oversee a Mortal Kombat movie that will presumably combine action and horror. The studio’s new version is reportedly described as “a departure from the mythology,” with “darker, brutally real martial arts,” making it a possibility that the film might even be rated R. Either way, the addition of Wan to the team should mean that New Line’s reboot finally gets a push in the right direction.
But what do you think, Screen Rant readers? Are you excited to see the Mortal Kombat reboot move forward? What are your thoughts on Wan as a producer? Let us know in the comments.
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Source: The Tracking Board