Mortal Kombat Is Komin’ Back!1.10.11 # Remake # 11 Comments
After flirting with the idea for a while, Warner Bros. and subsidiary New Line have decided that yes, they really would like to pump some cash into a new Mortal Kombat movie, thanks very much. Further details follow.
The new flick, which will be the third live-action movie to bear the MK moniker following semi-successful outings in 1995 and 1997, is going to take its cue from the recent internet series, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, which itself was a spin-off from the unsanctioned short, Rebirth. Both Rebirth and the Legacy serial were directed by Kevin Tancharoen (scarily youthful former Britney choreographer, helmer of the Fame remake and the Glee flopumentary), and the former was penned by Oren Uziel, who is being tasked with scripting the new film.
In February of last year it was reported that Threshold Entertainment was suing Warners over the right to make a new MK movie, with the former reportedly claiming it was still bound to the franchise via a deal it signed with Midway, the video games firm that originally launched Mortal Kombat back in 1992 (and which was subsequently bought up by Warners for an estimated $33m in May 2009). However this lawsuit has presumably either been settled or is considered small enough a potential hurdle by Warners that it feels confident to proceed with its plans for a fresh feature.
Black Dynamite himself, Michael Jai White, starred in Rebirth and Legacy as Jax, the flat-top who made his debut in the second Mortal Kombat arcade game, and it seems likely that he will reprise his role in Tancharoen’s movie. Whether he will be joined by any of his web series co-stars (Jeri Ryan as Sonja Blade, Matt Mullins as Johnny Cage, Ian Anthony Dale as Scorpion) remains to be seen.
Here’s the Rebirth short, made for a reputed $7,500, which first got the Mortal Kombat movie ball rolling again.
Source: Deadline New York