Mortal Kombat Reboot Move Announced
It's been a good year for Mortal Kombat. After a highly successful video game reboot for the consoles earlier this year, and the loads of buzz its ten-part youtube series, Mortal Kombat: Legacy garnered at the same time, fans of the bloody fighting game will finally get what they have been clamoring for.
Kevin Tancharoen, the man not only behind the Youtube series, but also the Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short that started it all, has earned himself a spot behind the director's chair, thanks to New Line Cinema, as the studio has announced that they will be going forward with a full-length feature film that will officially reboot the video game franchise on the big screen. Oren Uziel (who wrote Rebirth) will pen the screenplay.
It's hard to really say what the success of the film rests on. Legacy started off strong but fizzled out, with complaints of low budgeting and uneven storytelling. But telling the origins of a dozen or more Mortal Kombat characters is obviously different from putting them on screen.
I'll admit, some episodes of Legacy were better than others. Tancharoen did what he could with the budget he had, and you can tell his motivations were different in some episodes over others. But within all of that was several great episodes that we can definitely see translating well to screen. Among my favorites were Johnny Cage as well as Raiden, who ends up in a mental institution the moment he hits earth.
As a whole, the series was grittier and much more based in realism than anything we had seen from Mortal Kombat in the past, and that's why it succeeded. If Tancharoen can bring that to the screen and balance it with what we already love about the sensationalism of Mortal Kombat, it could very well be a success. That said, they gotta give the man a budget, because some of the stuff in the series looked pretty corny.
Of course, previous film installments in the Mortal Kombat universe have also turned out to be corny in the past, and that hasn't stopped them from being box office successes. The original Mortal Kombat film grossed $120 million in 1995, even if it looked like a rejected Jean Claude Van Damme movie from the 80s. Video games in general haven never fared too well in their big screen adaptations, but fighting movies have been especially bad. Tancharoen, who's only film experience is the 3D Glee Concert movie and the Fame remake, has a thin line to walk in order to make this work.
No word on casting yet, but don't be surprised to see many of the web series cast members to reprise their roles, likely sprinkled in with a couple bigger names who can carry a film.
Despite it's high potential of failure, we're excited to see a Mortal Kombat reboot on screen, and we'll have more for you from New Line and Warner Bros as it develops.