Mortal Kombat Film Loses a Director
Kevin Tancharoen moves 'on to other creative oppurtunities'
Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 03:10
Kevin Tancharoen personally jumpstarted a newfound interest in a Mortal Kombat live-action film with his fantastic short film Mortal Kombat Rebirth. Now, however, he’s stepping away from the chance to make the full-length film reboot.
The announcement came straight from Tancharoen himself, via his Twitter feed.
“After three years of Kombat, I’ve decided to move on to other creative opportunities,” he wrote. “I wish everyone involved with the movie big success. Thanks!”
Rebirth was an incredibly promising first step in making Tancharoen’s dream of a third Mortal Kombat film (based on the video game series originally created by a Midway) a reality.
Apparently it wasn’t enough, however. After the short came to light, Tancharoen was tapped to work not on a new movie, but a web series called Mortal Kombat Legacy. The series of shorts featured some of the actors from Rebirth, but a great deal less craft in terms of fight choreography and special effects. It was, in fact, rather dull.
After its first season, Legacy was released on DVD and blu-ray, and a second season aired online courtesy of Machinima.com. Somewhere in the mix, Warner Bros. (which now owns the rights to Mortal Kombat after Midway’s closure) put its subsidiary New Line Cinema on the job of creating a new movie.
New Line Cinema was the studio responsible for the franchise’s two 90s adaptations, the better-than-average Mortal Kombat, and its worse-than-garbage sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
Very little has been said about the forthcoming third entry in the film franchise. Legacy features actors such as Michael Jai White, Jeri Ryan, Casper Van Dien, Mark Dacascos and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Shang Tsung, but there’s no word if any of that series cast will be recalled to work on the feature film.
With Warner Bros. losing (or dismissing) the very director that reignited desire for another film in the first place, it could be that Mortal Kombat has entered development hell once again.
There’s no word if this will affect the development of the actual game series, which saw its ninth iteration by Warner Bros. Interactive developer NetherRealm Studios in the reboot simply titled “Mortal Kombat” a few years ago.
The tenth game was originally rumored to launch side-by-side with Legacy, after series producer Lance Sloane stated its release would “sync up with the launch of the game they’re working on now.”
NetherRealm’s most recent title was another fighting game based on the DC Comics Universe, titled “Injustice: Gods Among Us.” Since then, there has been no footage of any other full-fledged console game from the studio.
With the franchise about as strong as it’s ever been, I would hate to see it fizzle out and disappear. Mortal Kombat Annihilation would be a terrible place to end the movie saga.