Director Kevin Tancharoen was instrumental in reviving interest in a live-action adaptation of the video game series Mortal Kombat. His test film, Mortal Kombat Rebirth, was a grittier take on the material than the 1995 adaptation, and when the footage when viral it eventually led to the Mortal Kombat: Legacy webseries. In 2011, New Line Cinema hired Tancharoen to direct a new MK feature film, but that was made somewhat difficult by the rights being in legal limbo.
If a Mortal Kombat film reboot ever does get off the ground, it will be without Tancharoen. Today, he tweeted, “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!” It’s always a bummer to see someone who’s so passionate about a project decide that he has to move on, but we wish him the best in his future endeavors. As for Kombat fans, please applaud us for not using the word “Fatality” in our headline.