James Wan, director of Furious 7, Saw and in development Aquaman has been pitched as the number one choice for the producer role by New Line Cinema, according to The Tracking Board.
“The script, being penned by Mortal Kombat: Legacy writer Oren Uziel and The Expendables writer Dave Callaham, centers around a seemingly harmless guy who realizes his potential when he finds himself caught in the middle of a cross-dimensional battle between the warriors of Earth and the monsters of Outworld. Now, in order to stop the world from total destruction, he must win the martial arts tournament known as ‘Mortal Kombat’,” according to The Tracking Board.
The movie has been described to be following a direction which is “a departure from the mythology,” with “darker, brutally real martial arts.” Mortal Kombat has always been a very graphic, but in a tongue-in-cheek way, fighting series. So far, we have had two movies based on the game, the first in 1995 and a sequel, which many don’t like to talk about, in 1997.
Both movies were very focused on the fight scenes, and while they were well choreographed, the movies failed to include what makes Mortal Kombat so popular, and what it is known for. This new movie reboot could be the answer, and fans would obviously want to see their favourite characters on screen, performing these Fatalities. The only drawback is that a Fatality on screen would mean the obvious death of a character, and any sequel that may follow the reboot, based on its success, would already be missing some important leads.
Mortal Kombat has seen more recent success over recent years on the live action front, thanks to Warner Bros. and Machinima, which has already seen two rather successful, gritty seasons released on the internet. The show consisted of short episodes of about 10 minutes each, and featured many of the main characters we have followed for years.
Below, you can see the trailer for the 1995 movie, which was one of the first movie adaptations of a game, following Super Mario Bros, Double Dragon, and Street Fighter. Yes, that Street Fighter, with Jean Claude Van Damme, Kylie Minogue and Raul Julia (RIP).
Mortal Kombat starred Robin Shou as Liu Kang, Christopher Lambert as Raiden and Bridgette Wilson as Sonya, and followed them on a journey into Outworld to fight in the Mortal Kombat tournament.