Mortal Kombat Movie Confirmed as James Wan is Officially On Board to Produce Reboot; Oren Uziel and Dave Callahan Finishing Script
A reboot of feature film adaptation of the hit videogame series Mortal Kombat is in the works under New Line Cinema. Furious 7 director James Wan has been tapped to oversee production for the film while writers have also been hired for the script.
As reported by Den of Geek, James Wan is officially on board to produce the upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot. Although Wan could also direct the film with the success of his films Furious 7 and The Conjuring, the director already has his hands full with his scheduled directorial responsibilities for the upcoming The Conjuring 2, Sony's Robotech, and Warner Bros' Aquaman.
Although no details have been released concerning the film's cast, release date, or director, iDigital Times reported that Mortal Kombat: Legacy's Oren Uziel and The Expendables writer Dave Callaham are writing the script.
As reported by Comingsoon.net, planning for the project began years ago with director Kevin Tancharoen set to direct. However, inn 2013, Tancharoen announced that he will no longer direct the film. Tancharoen directed the hit web series, Mortal Kombat: Legacy.
The upcoming film will reportedly move away from the mythology, and fans of the hit videogame series can expect it to be darker and feature real martial arts. The story of the upcoming film will center on a male protagonist who will realize his potentials upon getting caught in a battle between the warriors of the Earth vs the forces of the Outworld. He then tries to save the world by winning the battle.
Aside from the web series, and the television series, two Mortal Kombat films were made. Paul W.S. Anderson's adaptation, which was simply called 'Mortal Kombat' was released in 1995, while its sequel was later released in 1997 entitled Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, and was directed by John R. Leonetti. More details about the upcoming Mortal Kombat Reboot movie are expected to be released in the coming months.