A new report suggests an animated Mortal Kombat movie is in development. The long-running Mortal Kombat video game franchise began with the first game in 1992, which quickly made an impression on gamers thanks to its bone-crunching violence, dense mythology and iconic fighters like Scorpion, Johnny Cage and Sub-Zero. The game has received a large number of sequels and spinoffs in the years since, with Mortal Kombat 11 due to arrive in April this year.
The success of the first game quickly led to a movie, with Paul W.S. Anderson’s Mortal Kombat arriving in 1995. Despite watering down the game’s gore for a PG-13 rating, it proved to be an enjoyable adaptation with some fun fight sequences. While Mortal Kombat is still considered one of the better video game movie adaptations, the same can’t be said for its sequel, Annihilation. The follow-up attempted to jam in as many characters from the games as it could, and it suffered from a poor script, bad acting and dull fight scenes. A 2010 short film titled Rebirth gave the game’s world a gritty reimagining, and the same creative team would go on to make a web series dubbed Mortal Kombat: Legacy, which ran for two seasons.
While a live-action Mortal Kombat reboot is still in the works, a new report by Revenge Of The Fans states that WB Animation is working on an animated adaptation of the game. The article also states the voice cast will include Joel McHale and Jennifer Carpenter, though the parts they play have yet to be confirmed. This is potentially exciting news if true, since the outlandish world and cartoonish gore of the series would be well served in animation.
Mortal Kombat previously received an animated adaptation in the form of 1996’s Defenders Of The Realm, which featured Ron Perlman and Clancy Brown in the cast. Since it was intended to be a kids show, naturally it lacked the violence that defined the games, and bad reviews led to it being cancelled after one season. Hopefully, WB Animation’s Mortal Kombat - if it's really happening - will be truer to the roots of the franchise.
It appears the live-action Mortal Kombat reboot is in trouble, with James Wan (Aquaman) recently confirming he stepped away as a producer since he couldn’t find a script or budget level he was happy with. Reports suggest Simon McQuoid is attached to direct the movie, and the studio is aiming for an R rating for the project. Wan also confirmed he’s no longer producing the Resident Evil reboot, and claims reports linking him to the project were a tad premature.
Source: Revenge Of The Fans