Rumor: Another Mortal Kombat Movie Shooting This Year?!
Wait, when did this happen? Yesterday, Warner Bros announced that they had bought most of Midway Games' assets, the big video game corporation responsible for a number of hit games, including Mortal Kombat. It was big news, but no details were disclosed, so no one really cared. Earlier tonight I was sent over a link to an article in the SGV Tribune, a newspaper out of California. In it, they talk with former actor and karate teacher Chris Casamassa, who played Scorpion in the original two Mortal Kombat movies. "According to Casamassa, he's set to start filming the third Mortal Kombat film in September." Really?
That statement just comes out of nowhere. They mention that he starred in the Mortal Kombat movies and then they have this quote. "Now I do maybe one film a year because I'm helping my dad run our company and it's kind of a full-time job, which I love." Then they drop that bit about a third Mortal Kombat movie. Is it a coincidence that this story and the Midway news hit within days of each other? I'm not so sure. We've heard that they've been trying to reboot the franchise, ever since Mortal Kombat: Annihilation tanked, but to no success. Maybe that Midway deal was the final piece of the puzzle. But shooting in September?
After Fox's Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li made a measly $8.7 million and was hated by almost everyone, I don't know how Warner Brothers could think this was a great franchise to bring back from the dead. Of course, there's always the possibility they could just be developing a low-budget straight-to-DVD sequel of sorts. Who knows what's going on. And who knows if this is even more than just a rumor. For me personally, the first Mortal Kombat is a cult classic, I love it for what it is, but the sequel was pure crap. I don't think this franchise is completely dead, but I don't think this is the time to bring it back. Do you?