It’s been a long, long time since we heard anything about the Mortal Kombat movie (yes, another one), but it’s now been revealed that horror specialist James Wan is jumping onto the project. Hopefully, this will breathe some life into the reboot, which has been languishing in development hell for the better part of two years.
Wan, director of The Conjuring and Insidious: Chapter 2 is described as a “perfect fit” for the film, bringing a fresh approach to the franchise. We’re promised “darker, brutally real martial arts”, as well as a storyline that’s a bit of a departure from the typical MK mythology you might expect.
Wan has signed up as producer, not director, for the new film, currently in the works at New Line and Broken Road. It’s not currently public just who will be in the director’s chair, following the departure of Kevin Tancharoen in 2013. The script is being put together by Dave Callaham (The Expendables) and Oren Uziel (Mortal Kombat: Legacy), and focusses on a “seemingly harmless” guy who finds himself forced to compete in the martial arts tournament known as “Mortal Kombat” as he tries to settle the score between the monsters of Outworld and the warriors of Earth.
Obviously, while there will be some departures, the film is based on the video game series, but not specifically any one game or existing plot line. It’s not the first time the NetherRealm franchise has made it to the big screen – that happened back in 1995, with a sequel – Annihilation – landing in 1997. The first film thrust director Paul W.S. Anderson into the limelight, and he’s since gone on to work with the Resident Evil series of game-to-film adaptations.
If the recent release of Mortal Kombat X is anything to go by, the gaming public is more than ready for more Outworld action – and with Hollywood It man James Wan on board, this next film could be something big… if it ever gets here. Wan was also famously connected to the Castlevania adaptation that seemingly sank without a trace some time around 2012.