Every Mortal Kombat fan’s dream has come true–the franchise is getting a film reboot. Thank god. New Line Cinema (owned by Warner Bros.) has officially given the green light on the project, and they’ve hired Kevin Tancharoen to direct. If you remember, Tancharoen directed the wildly entertaining Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, which spawned the Mortal Kombat: Legacy webseries on Machinima. I’m glad that Tancharoen was hired to direct; he’s moar than earned the right to head this project. I’m interested to see what Tancharoen does with the movie; will he make it moar realistic, like Rebirth and the Legacy episodes featuring Raiden and Cyrax and Sektor? Or will he make it moar fictional, like how the series has traditionally been? I’m leaning toward the former. In fact, I don’t think it’s even a question which way he will take the movie. He went through all the trouble of making a realistic Mortal Kombat in order to get Warner Bros. on board for a reboot. And he’s hooked ‘em. I’m wishing Tancharoen the best of luck; don’t let us down! (No pressure XD.)
On Thursday April 7th, a video of the new Mortal Kombat webseries was leaked featuring Jax (played by Michael Jai White) and Kano. At the end of the video, the name of the webseries was revealed to be Mortal Kombat: Legacy. Since then, pictures of Sub-Zero and Scorpion have surfaced, both courtesy of director Kevin Tancharoen via his Twitter account (which can be found here). I gotta say, I’m really excited for this. After I saw Tancharoen’s reimagining of Mortal Kombat in his Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short last spring, I was hoping Warner Brothers would give him a chance to do something with it. It seems that lot of film makers are going for a realistic, gritty approach when it comes to comic book and video game adaptations. And you know what? It works. Here’s hoping Legacy doesn’t suck as much as the two other live action films. It helps that the writers of Spartacus: Blood and Sand Todd Helbing and Aaron Helbing are also writing for Legacy; this gives Legacy some credentials. The series begins April 12th on Machinima.