MORTAL KOMBAT getting reboot from New Line
MORTAL KOMBAT is headed back to the big screen. Deadline reports that New Line Cinema is setting up a live-action reboot of the martial arts-heavy franchise to be written by Oren Uziel and directed by Kevin Tancharoen (FAME, GLEE: THE DOCUMENTARY).
The duo is responsible for the unauthorized viral short that brought attention to the franchise. Uziel wrote and Tancharoen directed the eight-minute short called MORTAL KOMBAT: REBIRTH, which starred Michael Jai White as Jax, Jeri Ryan as Sonya Blade, Matt Mullins as Johnny Cage, Ian Anthony Dale as Scorpion and Lateef Crowder as Baraka. Tancharoen’s plan was to get Warner Bros’ attention and prove himself as an action director. Despite the viral success of the short, Warner Games was not happy and wanted to shut down the project. There was enough demand that the studio’s digital division, Warner Premiere, made a deal with him to generate a 10-episode Web series. Those episodes began airing on YouTube in April 2011.
The original film premiered in 1995, and grossed $122 million worldwide. MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION grossed only $51.3 million worldwide. At this time the plot is being kept uder wraps. I remember going to see the original film and enjoying it, so I am excited to see this movie get a reboot.