New Line Cinema Moves Forward with MORTAL KOMBAT Reboot

     September 29, 2011


Somehow it all started with what was basically a fan-film, but Mortal Kombat will be getting a live-action reboot feature film.  In January 2010, we reported that Warner Bros. was considering a new Mortal Kombat movie and hired Oren Uziel to write the script.  In June, director Kevin Tancharoen (Fame) teamed with Uziel to put together an unauthorized viral short film as a calling card to reboot the franchise.  That short film blossomed into the ten-part web-series Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, written by Uziel and directed by Tancharoen.  Now the web-series has finally brought forth the film reboot.  Deadline reports that New Line Cinema, which is owned by Warner Bros., has picked up the movie.  Fittingly, Uziel will write the script and Tancharoen will direct.  While Tancharoen’s take was a little too serious for my tastes, it’s neat to see the journey of this movie and how their dedicated effort has come to fruition.   The LA Times adds that Warner Bros. is aiming to release the reboot in 2013 and hopes to have it coincide with the release of the next Mortal Kombat video game.

Now we’ll see if cast members Michael Jai White (Jax), Jeri Ryan (Sonya Blade), Matt Mullins (Johnny Cage), Ian Anthony Dale (Scorpion), and Lateef Crowder (Baraka) will make it to the feature film.  Plot details are currently under wraps and I’m curious to see if Mortal Kombat: Rebirth will serve as a prequel, get expanded into a feature, or will be set aside altogether.  No matter what direction the reboot takes, it’s time to brush up on your fatalities.

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  • JohnDoe

    It’s going to be tough to top the cheesy, but beloved original motion picture. Who can forget that theme song?

  • Phoenix

    Just a minor error: the ten-part web series was called Mortal Kombat: Legacy not Mortal Kombat: Rebirth.

  • Abi

    I hope they will include the following characters in the reboot film:

    Goro, Johnny Cage, Kitana, Kung Lao, Liu Kang, Mileena, Noob Saibot, Raiden, Reptile, Scorpion, Shang Tsung, Shao Kahn, Sonya Blade, Sub-Zero

  • Nawtnt

    Mortal Kombat: Rebirth was the best short film ever.

    I mean I like how Kevin Tachareon try to make the short film more realistic.

    The question is will the reboot been more realistic or keep the fantasy part in the story.

    I really hope Michael Jai White returns as Jax, he is the perfect choice for Jax.

    Tony Jaa should play Liu Kang and Jensen Ackles plays Johnny Cage.

    Sonya Blade can be played by Milla Jonovich.

    I really hope this reboot works out well.

    The first Mortal Kombat movie was the best video game movie adpation ever.

    Mortal Kombat 2 destroy the whole chance of a movie trilogy.

    • Eclipse

      I was just thinking the same thing. Mortal Kombat movie was one of the best video game adaption.

  • migz13

    I just hope they make this right. I mean the short film that Tacharoen made almost a year ago now was amazing. I hope they can recapture the same feel and realistic grit that short had even for a measly 10 minutes. As for me? I could go for more Scorpion!

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  • Lydia Roberts

    I look forward to seeing the following characters in the Mortal Kombat reboot film:

    Kano, Baraka, Jade, Jax, Kintaro, Smoke, Chameleon, Cyrax, Ermac, Kabal, Khameleon, Motaro, Nightwolf, Rain, Sektor, Sheeva, Sindel, Stryker, Fujin, Quan Chi, Kia, Jataaka, Sareena, Shinnok, Jarek, Kai, Meat, Reiko, Tanya, Blaze, Bo’ Rai Cho, Drahmin, Frost, Hsu Hao, Kenshi, Li Mei, Mavado, Mokap, Moloch, Nitara, Ashrah, Dairou, Darrius, Havik, Hotaru, Kira, Kobra, Monster, Onaga, Shujinko, Daegon, Taven, Dark Kahn, Cyber Sub-Zero, Freddy Krueger, Kratos, Skarlet, Belokk, Hornbuckle, Nimbus Terrafaux