It had slipped my mind, sorry, that some Hollywood types were looking to make another Mortal Kombat film. To forget is easy: It had been over a year since Kevin Tancharoen (Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, Fame), director of the web series adaptation, became New Line’s pick to direct their page-one rewrite of the game’s cinematic legacy — if those two movies were, you know, an actual legacy — but mum has been the word since. As you can imagine, many were concerned of its demise.
However, a confirmation of mere existence — the most interested parties could ask for — has recently arrived. When talking about the aforementioned web series’ continuation, WB’s Lance Sloan said this much on the project’s status (via CBM):
“The other thing that’s important to probably highlight is that we’re preparing right now for the featured film with the same kid. Kevin Tancharoen directed the digital series for us. Before that he did a renegade video that he put up on YouTube. And we sent the piracy people after him, to take it down and put him in jail. And cut to a couple months later he was directing the digital series for us. And now he is at the helm of a forty, fifty million dollar feature.”
Considering that WB would, undoubtedly, like to have a new franchise, that’s not actually a huge budget; this could indicate — and please excuse all the guessing — they’re not entirely confident that Mortal Kombat is viable. (It’s particularly important that, here, we’re talking about a director who’s never done a big action film, either.) Regardless of such concerns, though, it’s now a tinge clearer that WB will try to make this a new property with which to bank some money on. I can’t really say if that’s a good thing.
Does Mortal Kombat need a new onscreen incarnation?
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming […]
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not […]
Genre film fans are likely familiar with writer Alex Garland‘s output over the last decade and a half. He made his name with a splash when his novel was adapted into the backpacking adventure thriller The Beach in 2000 and struck again with screenplay for 28 Days Later which some credit as the fire that helped reignite […]
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support […]
Latest posts from The Film Stage