It seems that everyone wants to be involved with Mortal Kombat these days. Gears of War 3’s Cliffy B. has been talking again about the possibility of Marcus Fenix in Mortal Kombat and not long ago, Freddy Krueger rose from the grave to join the fight.
It was just over a year ago that director Kevin Tanchareon and writer Oren Uziel released Mortal Kombat: Rebirth on to the web with hopes that Warner Bros would appreciate their work – and give them a shot at a full length adaption of their concept… and it totally worked.
The announcement that New Line Cinema has partnered with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment – and hired Both Oren Uziel to write as well as Kevin Tancharoen in the director’s chair is encouraging for anyone who dreamed that the dark world of Mortal Kombat: Rebirth would get a shot at the big screen.
The classic fighting game Mortal Kombat already has a pair of feature length movies to its name. While Mortal Kombat (1995) was fun and generally well liked Mortal Kombat: Annihilation was poorly received – largely due to a lousy plot, sub-bar action, and campy special effects. Both movies were based directly on the video game characters – and a fairly shallow plot about a martial arts tournament to determine the fate of the world.
However, in 2010 Mortal Kombat: Rebirth offered a gritty and realistic take on the franchise – gaining millions of hits on YouTube. The short was heavily grounded in the “real world” and featured cops, Sonya Blade (Jeri Ryan) and Jax (Michael Jai White), interviewing an incarcerated Scorpion (Ian Anthony Dale). Many people questioned if the short was a trailer for an upcoming film – and later it came to light that the short was a pitch video from Uziel and Tancharoen – attempting to prove themselves as an action writer and directer.
Eventually the popularity of the Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short garnered enough attention that Warner Bros. agreed to have Tancharoen direct the web-series Mortal Kombat: Legacy which would debut alongside the release of their next game Mortal Kombat (9) which has become the most successful game in the franchise’s history. The 10 episode web series was a bit of departure from Rebirth – some episodes featured hyper-realism while others showcased the video game fantasy world lore .
It’s great to see that, after some ups and downs, Uziel and Tancharoen’s pitch has paid off. Video game movies have a bad rap, and need a flagship hit – to prove that movies based on games can be critically and commercially successful. A more realistic and grounded plot has worked wonders for recently released comic book movies, so why not video games?
If you’re unfamiliar with the Mortal Kombat: Legacy webseries – head over to our sister site Screen Rant to check out all the episodes and read our break-downs.
Are you excited for a new, more realistic and grounded Mortal Kombat movie? Who was your favorite character i the original films? What characters would you like to see fight in the reboot?
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