A reboot of the Mortal Kombat franchise has been kicking around Hollywood for the past few years, and now it seems the project is finally building some momentum.
Australian director Simon McQuoid is on the verge of inking a deal to shepherd the film onto the big screen, according to Variety.
McQuoid is best known for his work behind the camera on high-profile commercials for major brand names, including a spot for PlayStation that featured a host of video game characters. If the deal comes together, Mortal Kombat would mark his feature-length debut.
The original Mortal Kombat film was released in 1995, offering a fairly faithful adaptation of the source material that connected with fans despite the critical drubbing it received. The film grossed more than $122 million worldwide and spawned a sequel, but Mortal Kombat: Annihilation was a disaster, limping its way to $51 million worldwide (less than the original film’s domestic total), and closing the lid on the franchise for the foreseeable future.
The idea of a new Mortal Kombat film took root a few years ago after Fame director Kevin Tancharoen released an eight-minute short film based on the series that quickly became a viral sensation. Tancharoen pitched New Line Cinema on a reboot based on his concept, but the studio was hesitant to pull the trigger, opting instead to finance a 10-episode Web series.
When Mortal Kombat: Legacy premiered in early 2011 to strong reviews, garnering more than 50 million viewers, New Line reconsidered, and Tancharoen began developing a new version for the big screen. He ultimately left the project in 2013, but last year’s addition of James Wan as producer breathed new life into the film.
And just a few months ago Wan assured IGN that things were still on track.
“It’s still cooking away. With that particular project, that’s a really cool property that I loved growing up as a kid. Besides the game, even the movies as well, I kind of enjoyed them for what they are. The key here is to try and do it right. I don’t want to rush into it. So right now, we’re just trying to take our time to make sure it’s heading in the right direction. I think that’s more important than trying to rush through it and pump up something that no one likes.”
With a talented director on board and a successful producer steering the ship, it sounds like the Mortal Kombat franchise may still have something to offer.
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