After a long journey back to the big screen, it looks like New Line’s new Mortal Kombat feature is down one very important participant. Director Kevin Tancharoen, whose own vision of what a new MK film could look like helped get the beloved video game franchise on the feature track, has now left the film.
Tancharoen announced his departure via Twitter, tweeting to his followers, “After 3 years of Kombat, I’ve decided to move on to other creative opportunities. I wish everyone involved in the movie big success. Thanks!”
Tancharoen’s Mortal Kombat vision first came to life in 2010 when he directed the short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth as a proof of concept for a new film. That short eventually lead to the creation of the web series of the same name (which just finished its second season) and the announcement that New Line would be rebooting the game for a new feature film.
There’s no word on who will take on the project now, though the indication is that it’s still moving forward. The loss of Tancharoen is both surprising and disheartening – he just spoke about a film version of Mortal Kombat with us in an interview earlier this month. His dedication to the project had been obvious for years, and it’s strange to wonder just what could have happened to finally push him off the film.
Tancharoen, who is also a dancer and choreographer, has kept busy over the years with other non-Mortal Kombat projects over the years, including directing both the big screen Fame reboot and the Glee 3D concert film.
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