New Line has been threatening to reboot the Mortal Kombat movie franchise practically since Mortal Kombat: Annihilation tanked back in 1997. For years now it seemed like a lost cause, since the video game franchise sagged into near-irrelevance after a series of disappointing sequels thoroughly diminished the brand's good name. That finally changed thanks to the web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy, which rebooted the franchise in a Batman Begin-styled gritty "real world" take on the world of the game. It's been a very popular series, which is why we find it reassuring that its creators are the ones making the new Mortal Kombat movie.
Deadline reports that the new Mortal Kombat will be written by Oren Uziel, and directed by Kevin Tancharoen, the guys who made the short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, which spawned the Legacy web series. But their original intent was to use that short to earn a gig rebooting the film franchise, which didn't work… until now. Now word yet on whether the film will be directly related to their hit web series or its own separate entity, but one thing we do know for sure: it can't possibly be worse than Annihilation.
Or Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm.
CraveOnline will be back with more Mortal Kombat news as soon as we remember Liu Kang's Babality.