Mortal Kombat Director Promises a "Darker and Grittier" Reboot
10.04.11 by Ryan
Back in 1995, enthusiastic audiences showed up for the adaptation of Mortal Kombat, based on the popular video game series. Two years later, those same audiences stayed home for the sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
Fast-forward 11 years and a reboot is now in the works. Warner Bros. has brought in a huge action director for the job — Kevin Tancharoen, who directed the Fame remake and Glee: The 3D Concert Movie. Wait, what?
Tancharoen was aware of his own reputation, and set out to prove himself with a non-authorized, 8-minute Mortal Kombat short, Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, which led to the authorized 10-episode web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy. "I knew nobody would risk putting my name in front of a genre movie," the director recently told The LA Times. "There would be an outcry by fans with everyone asking, 'Why are you getting the guy who did Fame to make Mortal Kombat?' I knew I had to get some credibility." The result is helming the Mortal Kombat reboot.
As for what fans can expect in the reboot, Tancharoen promised an "origin story" that won't require audiences to be "a fan of the games to understand what's happening in the movie."
Tancharoen also hopes to make the reboot "rated R", a point he expanded on in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
Up to this point, we've only been talking "rated R". I like realistic takes on things, I like it when it's a little darker and grittier. And I want the martial arts to feel real as opposed to balletic and super-choreographed. It needs to feel brutal, because that's the nature of the video game itself.
The director's "realistic" take can be seen in the Legacy web series, the first episode of which drew 14 million hits and starred Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager) as Sonya Blade, Michael Jai White (Spawn) as Jax, Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica) as Stryker, and Darren Shahlavi (Ip Man 2) as Kano.