Remember that really well done independently made teaser trailer, Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, that hit Youtube last year? Better yet, how about the 10 episode web series that it spawned, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, that gave fans a satisfyingly dark and realistic take on the Mortal Kombat gaming franchise? Well MK fans rejoice! According to Deadline, Kevin Tancharoen’s series did so well that it has upgraded him to the director’s chair for a full length feature film that will serve as a reboot for the beloved series!
The film, which New Line Cinema is pushing forward, will be based on a screenplay by Mortal Kombat: Rebirth writer Oren Uziel. No casting news yet, but it’s safe to assume that none of the original cast from the web series will return, due to a much bigger budget this time around. If you’ve seen the web series before, then you know that it was big on taking the mythology and giving it a gritty realistic makeover while staying faithful to all the fan favorite material. Plus, for the small budget they had to work with, the fight choreography and explosive action scenes were pretty darn cool.
Let’s just hope Tancharoen (who hasn’t seen much luck at the box office, with the Fame remake and the Glee 3D concert that no one really cared about) sticks to that approach and doesn’t turn it into another laughably bad adaptation, that the grown worthy 1995 Mortal Kombat and 1997 Mortal Kombat: Annihilation ended up being. The games have become legendary among gamers everywhere, especially since the new installment recently came out just this past April, so it’ll be refreshing to see all those characters that we know and love on the big screen again, hopefully without all the cheesiness. So with this news, I’m sure MK fans, me included, just got hit with an unexpected fatality of anticipation. Yes I just made that joke.