Warner Bros’ long awaited Mortal Kombat reboot has taken one step closer to the big screen with the announcement that the film will be helmed by Simon McQuoid.
The film will be released under Warner’s’ New Line Cinema brand and has been in development for some time. The first rumblings of a reboot took shape back in 2010 following the popular internet mini movie Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, directed by Kevin Tancharoen. Tancharoen went on to direct the internet series Mortal Kombat: Legacy and was attached to direct the movie until he dropped out back in 2013.
This is McQuoid’s first motion picture, but he has a background in commercials. There is some experience behind the scenes however, with this reboot being produced by Saw and Insidious director James Wan. Writer Greg Russo is also currently doing a rewrite of the script. Mortal Kombat isn’t new to New Line Cinema of course, as they produced the 1995 movie directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. It received mixed to poor responses from critics but was easily the best live action video game adaptation to date and still has a place in many fans hearts.
The 1995 Mortal Kombat movie spawned a sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation in 1997 and a long forgotten prequel TV series called Mortal Kombat: Conquest in 1998. Both could easily be classified as ‘shite’.
It’s easy to feel sceptical about Mortal Kombat’s chances at pulling off a decent movie considering its big screen history. James Wan has a proven track history as a producer and the web series, Mortal Kombat: Legacy received a lot of praise so this reboot does give me hope that Mortal Kombat could be the best video game movie ever (which isn’t hard), if it can only stay out of development hell.