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.

    • SnapIntoASlimJim

      It’s good that we are not getting the “grounded approach”. Mortal Kombat is a dark fantasy not a Law & Order episode with some martial artists.

      This whole Nolan mindset people have has to go. Everything has its place and genre. Those that think fantasy should not be done in live action don’t love film.

      The best episodes of Mortal Kombat Legacy are the ones that
      remembered its dark fantasy roots and the worst were the Rebith-like
      episodes like that horrendous and plot holed filled Raiden episode from
      the first season.

      It’s good that Tancharoen has left since it was obvious he was not a
      real Mortal Kombat fan. He should take his “realistic” ideas and make
      something new up.

  • 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.

    • SnapIntoASlimJim

      Rebirth was garbage. It was Nolan inspired nonsense. Take out the fantasy in fantasy with ridiculous interpretations such as Baraka as a crazy doctor just to make sense out of it in the real world.

      The only reason why anyone liked the Rebirth crap was because they were still brainwashed into thinking that fantasy should not be done in live action because of how Nolan did Batman.

      The best episodes of Mortal Kombat Legacy are the ones that remembered its dark fantasy roots and the worst were the Rebith-like episodes like that horrendous and plot holed filled Raiden episode from the first season.

      It’s good that Tancharoen has left since it was obvious he was not a real Mortal Kombat fan. He should take his “realistic” ideas and make something new up.

  • TigerFIST

    Season 2 wasn’t that good

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