Our prayers as video game fans and film lovers have been answered as Warner Brothers have greenlit a new theatrical Mortal Kombat film under its New Line Cinema banner. Helming Mortal Kombat’s cinematic return after a fourteen year absence will be none other than Kevin Tancharoen, the man who gave us the Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short film and the amazing nine-episode saga that was Mortal Kombat: Legacy.
The new Mortal Kombat flick will hit theaters in 2013 and will have a more substantial budget compared to the $2 million budget MK: Legacy had. Just how much money will Kevin Tancharoen have at his disposal for the new MK film? Warner Brothers won’t say a definitive figure right now, but word has it that the flick will be produced for under $100 million, which is definitely good news for an action based martial arts film. Writing the new MK film will be scribe Oren Uziel, the same chap that helped write MK: Legacy so at least we know that the film is under the right direction on all fronts.
Plot details for the new MK film haven’t been announced, but Warner Bros. and Kevin Tancharoen are stating that the film will have a more grounded feel, much like Mortal Kombat: Legacy. Exactly how grounded MK will become to appeal to mainstream audiences is anyone’s guess, but MK: Legacy did an excellent job of combining some of the more fantastical elements of the series and approaching them in a realistic way, a perfect example being the episode revolving around Raiden.
The release of the new MK film is expected to coincide with the next MK game so at least we know that it’ll be two years before we can once again perform a brutal fatality old-school style. After seeing what Kevin and his team did with MK: Legacy I think it’s terrific that they’ll be able to expand upon the MK lore even more with a theatrical film.
The only main concern I have, which is likely echoed by my fellow MK brethren, is that Warner Bros. better not screw the movie up by casting name actors for roles like Lui Kang. Having one or two notable actors in the flick may be fine to make it appealing towards mainstream audiences, but actors like Ian Anthony Dale (Scorpion), Ryan Robbins (Raiden) and Tahmoh Penikett (Stryker) and Matt Mullins (Johnny Cage) really need to return to reprise their roles since they’re part of why MK: Legacy was so good to begin with.
Further details on the new MK film will likely occur early next year since the film hasn’t entered production just yet. For once I’m actually happy to hear that a video game is getting the film treatment and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Mortal Kombat.
[via the Los Angeles Times]