Director Kevin Tancharoen Leaves MORTAL KOMBAT Franchise

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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.




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  • Nathan Ellis Miller

    It’s too bad, however, I rarely buy the “Decided to move on to other creative endeavors” line. I have a feeling WB wanted more a blockbuster as opposed to his more grounded approach, but who knows.

  • cb

    Can’t say i’m surprised. The legacy series (although great in the 1st season) started losing some of its rebirth edge towards the later episodes. Plus, them not being able to hang on to most of their actors for the second season made the whole thing look like some sort of live action commercial teasers for the next MK game rather than the promised reboot.
    Season 2 has been out for a while, and i have no interest in checking it out. THAT’s how much my initial excitement from “rebirth” has fizzled.

    • GunzOfNavarone

      You missed nothing, season 2 was terribly dire. A complete and utter snooze-fest. I’m glad the guy has moved on, he appears to be out of steam.

  • TigerFIST

    Season 2 wasn’t that good

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