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Warner Brothers Interested in a New Mortal Kombat Remake

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January 25, 2010
Source: Bloody-Disgusting

Mortal Kombat

Hollywood has been going back to the well again and again with adaptations/remakes galore, however their focus has mostly been in film and books/graphic novels. But don't think for one second that the industry has forgotten about video games passed as Bloody-Disgusting is reporting that Warner Bros is apparently keen on the idea of remaking Mortal Kombat, the fighting/action film based on the popular 1992 video game. Writer Oren Uziel (whose script Shimmer Lake appeared on the lower portion of the 2009 Black List) is in talks to write. And if we have to endure it again, then there better be some damn bloody fatalities this time.

The video game franchise focused on a global event bringing together an international selection of the best fighters to compete in the tournament known as Mortal Kombat. Unlike any other tournament though, magical powers and sorcery faced off against brute strength in a fight to save the world from the evil villains of Outworld. I remember as a kid being ridiculously excited for a Mortal Kombat movie, but oh how terrible both installments of that series were. Nowadays, with Mortal Kombat somewhat faded out of the limelight, I'm not sure if there's a big enough audience to sustain a remake. We'll let you know if we hear more news.

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Reader Feedback - 47 Comments

1

the first one was good but that's when i was younger

Darrin on Jan 25, 2010

2

The first one was EPIC! any kind of a remake would be fail.

Logan on Jan 25, 2010

3

first one was alright and second one was trash. I would definitely go see the remake if they had some fatalities and Goro didn't look like ass.

Darren on Jan 25, 2010

4

I loved "Mortal Kombat" and I'd rather it remain in my childhood, but a remake couldn't hurt/

Xerxex on Jan 25, 2010

5

Should get Zack Snyder to do it

steve on Jan 25, 2010

6

Anything could be better that 2nd movie! (pure garbage)

Crump's Brother on Jan 25, 2010

7

^ You mean a third movie? They already made a sequel - Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. And that movie was awful... But the first one is a guilty pleasure. 🙂

Alex Billington on Jan 25, 2010

8

#5 has it Zach Snyder was Born for this

nelson on Jan 25, 2010

9

I have no problem re-making this movie as they couldn't do any worse. The first one was bad, but the second one was atrocious. That killed brain cells. It also had one of the out out-of-place casting choices with James Remar taking the role of Raiden form Christopher Lambert. His stunt double almost looked like him. Awful. Makes the first one an awesome cinematic event.

jjboldt on Jan 25, 2010

10

Zach Snyder would infact be perfect for this film, he has the right stuff.

Xerxex on Jan 25, 2010

11

I haven't seen the first in a while but I loved it. Now I've recently see the second and that was worse than when I was a kid, now I just find it to be hilariously bad. But with Warner Brothers behind it, it could be good, they should definitely get Snyder to do it. I can see his ultra violence slow motion directing being perfect for a Mortal Kombat movie.

The_Kid on Jan 25, 2010

12

I actually really liked the first one. The fight choreography could have been better and the special effects were pretty weak, but it payed respect to the source material which is something a lot of these adaptations just don't do. A remake would be nice with a big budget, maybe Ed Boon on the writing crew, and how about an R rating for some fancy Fatalities?

Frame on Jan 25, 2010

13

I am a fan of the video game series and Zack would indeed be perfect for a remake. Regardless, the director and/or writer should truly know the Mortal Kombat world and its characters. Not some idiot trying to get every single character thats ever been in the series into one movie.

Mr Heat Mizer on Jan 25, 2010

14

I loved the first one! Ah...nostalgia. I wouldn't mind a remake, and yes...Zack would be good.

Sabes on Jan 25, 2010

15

Warner Bros.

hayofray on Jan 25, 2010

17

I loved the first movie, but almost threw up watching the second one. A new mortal kombat would be interesting but how relevent is mortal kombat anymore? The movies were done at the height of the games' popularity. The last few kombat games have had very limited success. I guess they'll use the movie to jumpstart the game franchise.

Chris H. on Jan 25, 2010

18

MORTAL KOMBAT!!!!!!!!!!!!

WB EXEC on Jan 25, 2010

19

I really liked the first as did alot of other people and it basicly started this whole video game to movie role and is one of the few to actually be good and did good . The second sucked , it happens . A remake would be awesome and yes it should be rated r . BUT I dont think we need a bunch of fatalities to make it good . In fact it could ruin the movie . If u have a bunch of fatalities you kill off most of the characters leaving you with not much for a possible sequel . Then going into the sequel they would have to introduce a bunch more characters and its all ruined again . You want fatalities have maybe 2 that's it . A restart would be nice with a good script with a good actors could make this a great sucsess . And just throwing a name out there but i think Tony Jaa would kick ass as Lui Kang . And to Chris H i dont know what ur talkign about MK Deadly Alliance and Deception did awesome with Armageddon just being a closer and doing well in sales aswell . Only MK vs DCU wasn't really sucsessful . I dont think a movie would reinvigorate the games . Especialy since MK 9 is in development now so a movie would have nothing to do with it since it would take a few years to get the movie done , enough time for at least 2 games to have been on shelves .

Superchyle on Jan 25, 2010

20

Please WB, leave this alone. The first one was arguably the best video game adaptation movie to date. Stop screwing with my childhood and get some, are you ready for it (NEW IDEAS). GOD I can't wait to finish film school and start putting out some decent material. Enough with the remake reboot reimagining. If you want to do something that needs to be remade ish, how bout Johnny Quest, that could be great!

matthew on Jan 25, 2010

21

I liked the first MK movie but if WB remakes this film it needs to follow the story,characters development and the tournament to the canon and not turn out like that Street Fighter The Legend Of Chun Li movie,The Mortal Kombat Conquest TV series is ok but its not really great and not successful. So WB is working on Mortal Kombat 9 game so there will be more about that soon. Thank You. BRUCE ACOSTA AUSTRALIA.

Bruce Darren Acosta on Jan 25, 2010

22

After reading a few of the comments, I couldn't agree more; Zack Snyder should make a Mortal Kombat movie. Let the record show I don't know anything about Snyder except he directed Watchmen (which was mind-blowing, and I constantly ponder why it didn't do well in the box office).

The Man With No Name on Jan 25, 2010

23

They need to use that theme from the first movie!!

dave on Jan 26, 2010

24

Put this to rest, the main allure of the video games was the graphic violence which at the time, was pretty risque and exciting. Nowadays that stuff is everywhere and kinda tame, if not expected.....I just dont think the story within Mortal Kombat was ever strong enough to support a movie then or now.....oh, and no Zack....unless you want the movie to blow, then, by all means, pen Zack for this disaster.

Voice of Reason on Jan 26, 2010

25

I know @5 said it (and others later), but that's a great idea. Zack Snyder would be the right man to do this.

me on Jan 26, 2010

26

The first one was great! "Your soul is mine!!!!"

Cmurder on Jan 26, 2010

27

hell ya Zack Snyder for once i agree with u guys.

subcelsious on Jan 26, 2010

28

Yes do this remake!

Jimmy Love on Jan 26, 2010

29

SOUTHWEST TEXAS STAND UP!!!!!! KILLUMANTI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The faith of the universe will be decided as it should be.. in MORTAL KOMBAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! do do do dodo do do!!!!

DON P on Jan 26, 2010

30

The original is only good by any measure according to the extremely low standards of video game movies. There's no point in remaking this, it'll end up garbage just like every other video game movie.

SlashBeast on Jan 26, 2010

31

I liked the first one... It was pretty legit (compared to double dragon and Super mario Bros before it). If this re-boot is going to be anything like DOA, Chun Li or the new Tekken flick, count me OUT.

Jomba Joose on Jan 26, 2010

32

the world needs another MK movie to make up for the last one. and the first MK was pure cinema gold i support this idea 110%

DoomCanoe on Jan 26, 2010

33

The first mortal kombat movie was one of the best video game adapted movies made, the second one was supposed to be a joke right? If the re-make stays to the source material, has good choreographed fight scenes and a decent cast I dont see how it couldnt be good.

Chase on Jan 26, 2010

34

Zack Snyder sucks at directing fight scenes haven't you seen Watchmen? thats why 300 has so much slow motion

silver on Jan 26, 2010

35

i'm actually a fan of Zack Snyder but ,really, please not him for this

silver on Jan 26, 2010

36

Silver the fight scenes in Watchmen were well choreographed, and pretty damn exciting to watch, and I would love (even though it probably won't happen) see Snyder do it.

Xerxex on Jan 26, 2010

37

YES! We need a new MK movie- with Warner Bros it will be great, Quan Chi and Kenshi should be in the movie! Mortal Kombat is one of my favourite movies and it's about time we had a new movie!

Quan Chi on Jan 28, 2010

38

Excellent news, WB are pretty damn good ya know when it comes to making movies, I for 1 will be hyped to see this movie made 🙂 🙂 🙂 Be extra cool if we get a few of the fighters that diddn't make the first or seccond in eg: Reiko, Tanya, Bo rai cho, Fujin, Li Mei etc.

Kurt on Jan 28, 2010

39

#36 - Xerxes The fight scenes in Watchmen were so over the top they begged for the "Bam!" and "Kapow!" of the 60's Batman series. Which is why they'd be perfect for Mortal Kombat.

SlashBeast on Jan 28, 2010

40

We need a new MK movie- 120 percent positive, it is the best Video game to movie out there and this is the right time for a new movie with Tekken and Street fighter recent releases MK fans need a new movie too, plus with MK9 game out later this year it will make the MK series big again!

Nag su on Jan 31, 2010

41

To da guy dat sed Tony jaa shuld be liu kang is absolutley fuckin right....dat shit wuld be Ill but I doubt they gunna cast him

Witie203 on Mar 7, 2010

42

A new Mortal Kombat movie would be amazing, a re-make i'm not so sure of. I think they should continue on with a new plot with all of today's special effects wow! Yeah thats all I have to say!

Tori on May 13, 2010

43

The 2 movies Suck bad they need to remake them as bloody well done movie like Ninja Assasin were theres blood every weare and head and fatalities all the time and of course the all need to do magic also thats the hole point of mortal kombar and please please dont make them PG make the R all the games weare M for mature and not PG a good movie of Mortal Kombat will loock awsome R with blood and finishers.

Bobby on May 13, 2010

44

Me personally, i think "Rain" from Ninja Assassin should play Liu Kang

edward revenous on May 20, 2010

45

I just came across this Game/Movie Trailer : http://kotaku.com/5558339/if-this-is-the-next-mortal-kombat-movie-sign-us-up It looks AWESOME!!! Seems like they are going for the more realistic and dark look. Like Christopher Nolan did w/ his Batman Series... Michael Jai White as Jax Bridges Jerry Ryan as Sonya Blade Crossing my fingers!!!

Patrick Krause on Jun 8, 2010

46

I think the fan base for Mortal Kombat is still out there. A remake should stick closer to the game, dark and mysterious. Trying to make it a PG movie is just not MK style. The Batman franchise went to commical and funny and it did not work for those movies. Batman Forever and Batman & Robin are coldsores in the batman legacy. It took The Dark Night to recue the franchise and restore it to what it should have been all along.The MK video game was deemed to vulgary upon its release so there is no reason why a new movie could not up the ante from the two previous movies. Something in the range of where the virtual trailer took the franchise is where the futrue lies.

tcmn on Jul 7, 2010

47

if they took it in the same direction as ninja assassin i think it would be a hit. it deffinately needs an R rating

killshot on Dec 30, 2010

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