Earlier this year, Warner Bros. teamed up with Kevin Tancharoen to create a live-action web-series based on the Mortal Kombat franchise. At the time, we thought that was the end of the fan-making-it-big story, but it seems there was a whole ‘nother chapter left in that particular book.
Now, New Line Cinemas wants to create a big-screen, film adaptation of the classic fighting game, and Tancharoen has been hired as director.
It wouldn’t be the first time on the silver screen for Tancharoen. In addition to his former life as a choreographer for popstars like Britney Spears and Madonna, he’s also directed the 2009 remake of Fame and, more recently, the Glee concert movie.
His true passion apparently lay with videogames, however, and Tancharoen created the short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, which was so slick and well-produced that many didn’t believe it could have been a mere fan project. More than 10 million people watched the video on YouTube, which then lead to a 10-episode web series, gaining more than 50 million unique visitors.
Now, the time is right for Mortal Kombat to return to the big screen. Rebirth writer Oren Uziel has signed up again as writer, but there are no actors attached at this stage. It’s also been confirmed that the story will be stand-alone, rather than an extension of the game or the digital series.
Looking back, one Mortal Kombat movie from New Line was good. The other was not-so-good. Here’s hoping that Tancharoen can continue working his magic and the third time really is the charm. The new film, as yet unnamed, is due out in 2013.
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