Kevin Tancharoen, the Mortal Kombat fan whose creation inspired a live-action series, has stepped away from the franchise to work on other projects. His decision leaves an empty director’s chair on the game’s upcoming movie project.
Tancharoen created Mortal Kombat: Rebirth as a fan film back in 2010. It was quickly noticed by series creator NetherRealm, but rather than lawyering up, the studio instead asked the director to collaborate on a project. The result: Mortal Kombat: Legacy, a two-season web-series, focussing on Tancharoen’s dream.
Now though, as his dreams have come true, it’s time for him to step down from the director’s chair. Tancharoen has signed off, via Twitter.
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!
The movie he refers to is a project in the works at New Line Cinema, greenlit back in 2011 and kept very quiet since. Last we heard, Oren Uziel, Tancharoen’s writer partner from Rebirth was apparently on-board to pen the script, but that was two years ago, when we also heard the film was due out in 2013.
Here’s hoping that a new director revitalises the project, and we start hearing a bit more about what’s going on.