Furious 7 and Aquaman helmer James Wan has been tapped to produce the upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot currently underway at Warner Bros.' New Line and Broken Road.
Wan is a highly-sought director with a full plate — what with recent movies such as The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, Insidious and Insidious: Chapter 2 and more under his belt — and with Warner Bros.' DC superhero movie Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa in the titular role coming up in 2018, Wan is quite the busy bee.
The Tracking Board claim Wan is beeing brought on board by the powers-that-be in order to breathe new life and new civilization into the stalled project. They happen to think that "With his dark sensibility, ability to orchestrate action and scares, and a wildly successful financial track record, Wan seems to be the perfect fit for what the studio has described as 'a departure from the mythology,' with 'darker, brutally real martial arts.'" I don't know about you, but as a fan of the franchise, that sounds like sweet music to my ears.
The screenplay is being penned by Mortal Kombat: Legacy (the web series anthology) writer Oren Uziel and The Expendables writer Dave Callaham. The storyline centers on a pretty harmless guy who one day realizes his potential when he finds himself in a cross-dimensional battle between Earth’s warriors and the monsters of Outworld (just like every other day for me here at Blastr). So what’s a guy to do to stop the world from complete destruction? He must win the martial arts tournament known as "Mortal Kombat," that’s what.
The new Mortal Kombat reboot is based on the iconic videogame franchise from Midway Games, which became famous (and extremely popular) in the early 1990s for its brutally graphic and super violent hand-to-hand combat (FINISH HIM!). When Midway declared bankruptcy, Warner Bros. brought the rights and turned into NetherRealm Studios. It’s Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment which currently owns the rights of the series that was rebooted in 2011. Since the game’s release, the franchise has sold over 35 million units — which is pretty darn impressive.
The popularity of the franchise spawned a first movie in 1995 with Highlander star Christopher Lambert in the role of Lord Rayden and Robin Shou as Liu Kang, with a sequel hitting the screens two years later with Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997). The two movies were pretty tame compaired to the bloody violent videogames, but the first flick spawned a killer soundtrack. One my favorites, actually. I listened to that thing over and over again when it came out.
Could James Wan be the perfect guy to set this franchise on the right path again? Guess we’ll have to wait and see. What do you guys think?
(via The Tracking Board)