– by Joseph Jammer Medina

More and more it feels like MORTAL KOMBAT is becoming the new CROW: a film remake/reboot that, for one reason or another, can’t seem to gain any real traction. Back in 2010, a short entitled MORTAL KOMBAT: REBIRTH hit the web and garnered a lot of fan support. This was the R-rated take on the franchise that fans have been craving since the game came out in the 90s.

The film’s director, Kevin Tancharoen, went on to direct a web series for Warner Premier, and even signed on to direct a feature film. But, of course, nothing in Hollywood is that easy. In 2013, Tancharoen exited the project to pursue other creative endeavors.

The film lay stagnant for a couple years, and then last year, finally got a producer in the form of James Wan, director of such films as THE CONJURING, FURIOUS 7, and the upcoming AQUAMAN standalone flick. Finally, it seemed like the movie would go somewhere…only it didn’t. It’s now been slightly over a year since Wan signed on, and virtually no headway has been made on this production. 

So what’s the deal with this flick? Is it done? Is it in development? At the recent TCA press tour, James Wan discussed the project’s status (via IGN):

“It’s still cooking away. With that particular project, that’s a really cool property that I loved growing up as a kid. Besides the game, even the movies as well, I kind of enjoyed them for what they are.

“The key here is to try and do it right. I don’t want to rush into it. So right now, we’re just trying to take our time to make sure it’s heading in the right direction. I think that’s more important than trying to rush through it and pump up something that no one likes.

“I love the characters. I think they’re such colorful characters. It’s such an amazing take on, basically, Enter the Dragon. It’s that fantasy version, the video game version, of Enter the Dragon. And in doing so, they ended up creating such interesting characters and I think that is such a cool world to explore. This really mythical, bigger world that lives on another dimension on top of ours. I think that’s really fun to play with and so we’ll see.”

Call me cynical, but to me, this translates to, “I haven’t thought about this project in a while, but I don’t want to half-ass it, so it’s on the back burner until I have time to focus on it.”

It’s not a bad response. I think most fans would agree that it’s better to have no film at all than have a terrible one. But for those who were anxious to see the dark, stylized reboot of the series on the big screen, it sounds like you’ll have to wait a while longer.

Oh well, until then you can just re-watch this Reptile scene from the original MORTAL KOMBAT film.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.