It Has Begun: ‘Mortal Kombat’ Movie Reboot On the Way

Published 2 years ago by , Updated October 5th, 2011 at 8:42 am,

Mortal Kombat Movie Reboot

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.

Mortal Kombat Legacy Sub Zero

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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Source: Deadline

TAGS: Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat Legacy, Mortal Kombat Rebirth

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  1. The Bloodlust Kontinues…..2013

  2. It needs to have ONLY THE ORIGINAL FIGHTERS. Trying to squeeze in too much might kill it. Or, if they are willing to actually try on this one, they can try to use the scope of the roster from MK9. If they aren’t willing (incoming pun) shed too much blood for this one, they need to just stick with small bites.

    I would love to see Sektor and Cyrax on the big screen though. How’s that for Iron Man lol

  3. As a fan of MK games, I personally want them to stay loyal to MK’s mythology,there are too many cool elements in MK’s lore that they could use to make a good fantasy/action movie, Rebirth was interesting and cool, but i hope they do not follow that path. My opinion though.

  4. A lot is riding on the director and writer, they tested out their versions of Mortal Kombat through the web series and the pitch trailer, so I pray they get it completely right on the movie. They need to bring a lot of characters, but hopefully not too much. The first Mortal Kombat had not so many characters but each one had time for us to figure them out. The second Mortal Kombat focused on many many characters but only used them as eye candy. Hopefully we get a good blend of the two, with a strong realistic yet fantasy based plot. If they can’t make the movie look real with fantasy elements then screw it, go completely with the original MK mythology. Just please don’t ruin the rebuilt reputation of Mortal Kombat with some strange movie. Do your best guys! Make this movie intelligent and bloody!

  5. Moooortaaall KKKkkooombbatttt! now thats what i wna hear in the big screen!

  6. I wanna see the lizard version of reptile. Not a lizard climbing into a dead body statue thing and becoming reptile… but the Reptile we see in the 2011 game.

  7. They should stick to the REBIRTH style. Then it will be epic!!

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