Third time’s a charm?
In final, definitive proof that good things come to those who wait, New Line Cinema has announced a reboot to the Mortal Kombat film series, set for release in 2013. Kevin Tancharoen is set to direct, which is off on the right foot as he directed the Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short film. Perhaps the time is right, with the 9th installment of the game series having been released earlier this year and doing surprisingly well, with an 86/100 on Metacritic. Yet the game has thus far had a rocky transition to the big screen, outside of the aforementioned Rebirth (which was self-financed and completely free of studio meddling). The first movie was a great way to waste an afternoon, big, loud, and goofy. It’s remembered mostly for the ever-iconic theme music. Then Mortal Kombat: Annihilation? Perhaps the less said about that, the better.
With Kevin Tancharoen signed up to direct, at least, we know we’ll be getting something new: he’s been stating in interviews that he wants to give the series a Nolan-esque realistic direction, which could be very interesting given the varied cast of characters. Only time will tell if the new Mortal Kombat movie will prove to be the one we’ve been waiting for.