New Line Cinema Setting Up a Live-Action 'Mortal Kombat' Reboot

September 29, 2011
Source: Deadline

Mortal Kombat

Back in June the unofficial Mortal Kombat: Rebirth fan short gained enough hype and buzz to result in an actual Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series from writer Oren Uziel and director Kevin Tancharoen. Now Deadline reports the online endeavor has now resulted in that same duo taking on a feature film reboot of the Mortal Kombat video game franchise from New Line Cinema, the company behind the original film adaptations. Back in January of 2010, Warner Bros. was said to be interested in remaking the property, but with New Line Cinema being absorbed into the studio, that's pretty much what is still happening right now.

It's strange that such a film will be coming from the director of Fame and the Glee 3D concert movie, but Tancharoen and Uziel certainly put in some hard work to make their shorts impressive and gritty adaptations of the popular video games. Since his efforts were intended to prove to Warner Bros. that he could not only direct action like a champion but also reboot the franchise, it seems like he's succeeded on every level. Right now the plot is being kept under wraps, so we're not sure which characters from the video games will be involved, but just going by the style of the popular shorts, this movie will undoubtedly be better than the film from 1995 and the sequel in 1997.

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I wish this worked for any web based series, but I realize MK has an enormous fan base. Congrats to Kevin, the guy worked hard to redeem this series and now he has! It was a long road from the Fame reboot to here, but you did it!!

Anonymous on Sep 29, 2011



Brandon on Sep 29, 2011



Xerxexx on Sep 29, 2011


Well I never suspected that the Nip/Tuck Guy or American Horror Story would be the same guy who created Glee.  But seeing that those shows were hits and FAME and Glee 3D movie weren't hits, I have my doubts about his Mortal Kombat reboot. 

Michael Lee on Sep 29, 2011


anyone doubting this should first watch MK Legacy. nuff said.

Anon on Sep 29, 2011



DAVIDPD on Sep 29, 2011


Correction: there is no way this will be better than the 1995 Mortal Kombat.

Boiler Bro Joe on Sep 29, 2011


Since they’re doing a reboot film, they have to include Goro, Johnny Cage, Kitana, Kung Lao, Liu Kang, Mileena, Noob Saibot, Raiden, Reptile, Scorpion, Shang Tsung, Shao Kahn, Sonya Blade and Sub-Zero.

Elsa on Sep 29, 2011


Directed by the guy who made Glee, yes, i am probably not going to watch the movie I have dreamt of for years, thank you hollywood

Rhythmdave on Sep 30, 2011


Did you see the short films?

Xerxexx on Sep 30, 2011


The thing I liked about the unofficial trailer was that it seemed to be a lot more grounded: reptile was a cannibal with a birth defect and Baraka was a plastic surgeon that went nuts. The actual web series just seemed to translate the video game into live action which sucked. If they make it a tournament of serial killers and assassins with refreshed backstories I'm in, if they stick to the story thats already been done to death I'm out, but thats just me

Richie G on Sep 30, 2011


I'm gonna have to re watch the short films! that was back when I got sick so I don't really remember them.

Jimmy Love on Sep 30, 2011


This is going to be one hell of the show on how Kevin Tancharoen will work on the Mortal Kombat movie and New Line Cinema getting the reboot on track the movie needs to follow the plot of the first Mortal Kombat game or Mortal Kombat 2 will see what the news brings and I like to see if Joey Ansah who worked on the Street Fighter Legacy short film to work on the Street Fighter web series and I hope I like to see World Heroes if it becomes a live action movie, oh well I'll just keep talking on shit then. Thank You. BRUCE ACOSTA

Bruce Darren Acosta on Oct 1, 2011


Better Than The 1995 Film? Where The Fuck Am I? I've been more excited about Spanish snuff films than I was about the reboot trailer and the web series was pedestrian at best. I'd like to see someone expound on the events of the first one and ignore the existence of the second film. I guess I'm sayin if there's NO Chris Lambert & NO Robin Shou Then there's no .......................

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