Prepare for fatalities to make a return, as a new Mortal Kombat movie has just been give the green-light by Warner Bros. This big-screen release follows on from the success of the Mortal Kombat: Legacy Web series.
Kevin Tancharoen, the man behind Legacy, is directing for New Line the as-yet-unnamed movie which can be classified as a reboot of the series after the dire 1995 movie and its 1997 sequel Annihilation. Tancharoen first came to the attention of studio bosses after his short film, Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, became a YouTube hit last year.
He told Coming Soon:
“It’s very exciting! I’m so happy that I’ve been a gigantic fan of this title since I was a little kid. This is a dream come true for me. I’m really happy that New Line and Warner Bros. saw the potential after the ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy’ webseries we did and the numbers that the videogame has done. I’m extremely grateful because it’s been a big, big journey for me.”
I’m not really sure how I feel about this. Can fighting games ever truly make for good movies? After all, their narratives aren’t exactly deep and meaningful, just being an excuse to bring the characters together to fight to the death. Then again, Tancharoen seems like the man to change this trend.
Shooting will begin on Mortal Kombat early in 2012 for a 2013 release. I am at least intrigued to see how this turns out. If it’s good then I get to see a great movie, and if it’s bad I get to laugh at just how naff it all is. Meaning I win either way.