Mortal Kombat Reboot Hit By Lawsuit

Published 4 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 2:59 pm,

mortal kombat 3 movie reboot Mortal Kombat Reboot Hit By Lawsuit

From Game Rant:

Last summer, Screen Rant reported on news that a Mortal Kombat movie and in a few episodes of Mortal Kombat: Conquest, the TV series.

It seemed beyond strange that we had heard nothing about it and that if what he said was true, it would have been shooting a mere 2 months later. It likely would have been some low-budget straight-to-DVD flick. As I said then, perhaps that’s the only way to go after the terrible outing of the latest Street Fighter movie but either way, it didn’t happen.

Fast forward to the present, and three weeks ago we found out that Warner Bros. would be moving forward with a Mortal Kombat franchise reboot to be written by Oren Uziel. That’s all we knew about it until now, where we’re hearing that the project is in (slight) danger due to some legal issues.

Threshold Entertainment Inc. filed the lawsuit yesterday against Warner Bros. to stop their production. The reason for this is that Threshold made a deal with Midway games back in the early 1990s for the rights to expand the franchise into other forms, most notably with two feature films. But they already made two movies, right? According to the lawsuit, Threshold made another more recent deal with Midway for a third franchise film and therein lies the issue at hand.

Warner Bros. figures they own the rights since they won all of Midway’s properties when it fell Bankrupt a year ago but Threshold claims they own it because the bankruptcy court maintained its licenses as part of the sale agreement.

So, this will likely be settled with some damages being paid as Warner Bros. reportedly made no efforts to contact Threshold throughout this process. That will sure change after this and they can get back to work on this quality project.

Do you care about another Mortal Kombat movie or did Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li and the previews for the Tekken flick destroy the future of fighting game movies?

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  1. At least WB has learned from Watchmen and has the lawsuit happening before they start filming. I could honestly care less. I enjoyed the first Mortal Kombat movie for what it was…Bloodsport on steroids. It could be something of interest, but usually these movies try to base the entire story on action and fight scenes. If the movie does happen, I hope they can write some scenes to lead up to the action by using plot devices that a small child learns in elementary. However, by the looks of all the fighting games' previous movies, I really don't see that happening.

  2. Bring on Mortal Kombat 3!!! Screw you Threshold!!

    • If they make this movie they need to do it from the prospective that someone who has never played any of the games or seen any previous films can follow and enjoy the story. This is what has made the iron man and spider-man films such a success. MK has a great story if they take time to explain it and over burden and confuse people who are new to it.

  3. Idk. Part of me wants to see a new Mortal Kombat film. The first one was pretty decent, 2nd not so much. Hopefully they get everything settled.

  4. Don't you just love it whaen things just get worst that Threshold bitching about their involvement on the third Mortal Kombat film that Warner is developing.
    There is a change whats wrong with Threshold working with Warner on the movie they should just contact each other and work together instead of fighting.
    If Warner Bros wants to make the Mortal Kombat movie let them I think that Threshold should get into more projects like they talk to Capcom on making the Darkstalkers movie yeah thats something they can do but if something comes up
    on the Mortal Kombat movie Warner will have to shake hands with that bitching Larry Kasanoff and if Threshold loses thats their problem.
    Cheers.
    BRUCE ACOSTA
    AUSTRALIA

  5. The reason for crappy videogame movies is because of crappy directors. If an actual good director got on this project it might actually out good. Like Paul W.S. Anderson made the first MK movie and he's a decent director.

    I just hope they make it good, uncheasy, and stay true to the source material.

  6. If its not Rated R, Im not wasting money in the theater, unless I get a free ticket pass from AMC

  7. Anderson's a decent director who doesn't give a damn about the properties he's adapting. Resident Evil was a good movie, IMO, but as a fan of the series, I'd be the first to point out it was a terrible adaptation. Then there were the rumor's of Anderson making a Castlevania movie that would see Simon Belmont wielding a giant broadsword instead of a whip.

    But I agree the reason video game movies suck is because of the directors. Any adaptation of anything sucks if the director doesn't care about the property. All the best adaptations have seen the director involved from square one, but most video game movies only hire a director after a script has been written and re-written over and over again. At that point the director can't do much.

    We just need time. Once the people who grew up playing thesevideo games in the 90s, and actually care about the source material, start getting involved, then we'll start to see video game movies on par with other film adaptations.

  8. I too liked MK (Mortal Kombat) when it came out ; it was very hi end special effects at the time. The images of Goru were pretty awesome then even if they are cheesy now. I also thought most of the casting was good to decent. At least the villians were great. The fight scenes with SUB-Zero and his fire opposite (forget his name right now) were pretty awesome.

    It was sad to see the sequel was such a let down. I think a reboot if done right could be good. They need to focus on story and character development with sparse but well done action sceenes.

    MK had a very dark feel to it and if yo got rid of the cheesy parts you were left with a good film that has been sucessful financially speaking.

  9. I too liked MK (Mortal Kombat) when it came out ; it was very hi end special effects at the time. The images of Goru were pretty awesome then even if they are cheesy now. I also thought most of the casting was good to decent. At least the villians were great. The fight scenes with SUB-Zero and his fire opposite (forget his name right now) were pretty awesome.

    It was sad to see the sequel was such a let down. I think a reboot if done right could be good. They need to focus on story and character development with sparse but well done action sceenes.

    MK had a very dark feel to it and if yo got rid of the cheesy parts you were left with a good film that has been sucessful financially speaking.

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