Friday, September 30, 2011

New Line Cinema will reboot the Mortal Kombat film franchise

In the words of Raiden and Shang Tsung from the first Mortal Kombat movie of 1995: "IT HAS BEGUN!"

Looks like New Line Cinema is going ahead and rebooting the Mortal Kombat, bringing on Oren Uziel and Kevin Tancharoen as writer and director respectively. These men are the same guys responsible for bringing the highly successful web short "Mortal Kombat Rebirth" to the internet, and for those who don't know what that's about, it was an eight-minute feature released in June 2010 that reintroduced the premise of MK using a realistic and modern setting, featuring the likes of Michael Jai White as Jax, Jeri Ryan as Sonya Blade, and Ian Anthony Dale as Scorpion. For those who haven't seen it, here's the feature itself below, just to give you a taste of what the new MK film might be like when it gets done.

Mortal Kombat Rebirth

With its success, Rebirth eventually spawned a 10 episode web series entitled "Mortal Kombat Legacy", which began airing last April, which was the same month that the new Mortal Kombat game by NetherWorld Studios and Warner Bros Interactive was released. Now, it looks like things paid off for Uziel and Tancharoen, as they've been given the green light to do a new movie that will reboot the franchise anew.

This means goodbye to the timeline set forth by Paul W.S. Anderson's Mortal Kombat movie of 1995, and while that is arguably still the best video game movie ever, I can't say the same for its sequel, Mortal Kombat Annihilation, which lived up to its tagline and "completely destroyed all expectations" by being a very bad film. For more news on the MK film reboot, visit the source posts at Slash Film, Deadline, and The Hollywood Reporter.

The new Mortal Kombat hasn't had a release date projected yet, but check back for updates as they come!

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