Unfortunately that’s about as much detail as we have so far. Warner Bros and New Line are keeping the plot underwraps (but really everyone probably knows it by now), but they have also confirmed that Oren Uziel has been hired on to write the project.
(All the pics in here are taken from the MK:Legacy webseries)
Tancharoen and Uziel were the ones who first brought the idea of bringing Mortal Kombat movies back to life when they created the viral success Mortal Kombat: Rebirth. That short film actually got them a deal with WB to create a 10 episode web series (MK: Legacy) based on the property. Honestly, this looks to have been one of the best laid plans.
Tancharoen admitted a couple years ago that he made Rebirth in order to spark interest in Warner Bros. to bring Mortal Kombat back to the big screen. Millions of hits later, it actually happened. I guess all WB needed was to see how much of a demand for this property there is. The fan base is very devoted; even after a decent first film, and an absolutely terrible second film.
Outside of those two, no other announcements have been made. Meaning there’s been no casting yet. It’ll be interesting to see if Tancharoen will be allowed (or even want) to bring over his actors from the webseries, or if the studios will be bringing in more known talent to fill up the roles. On top of that, I’m curious now as to what will happen to the webseries. The episodes we got were all leading up to an epic ‘season 2’, but now with both of those filmmakers occupied on the new adaptation, there’s no telling what’s going to happen to it.
Either way, I’m excited. I’ve been waiting a long time for someone to try and revive the MK series on the big screen. Considering the calibur of martial arts action movies now…it should be awesome. I mean, Tancharoen did a good job on the webseries for having no real substantial budget. I hope that with the studio fully behind him, he can make something memorable.
The thing that’s probably the most exciting though…is that this is evidence of a studio actually listening to what fans want. It’s a good sign…let’s hope it’s a trend that catches on.
Currently Mortal Kombat is only listed as in development (so no start or release date) but as more news comes out, we’ll be sure to let you know.