Of the glitchy, god awful video game adaptations that have come and gone, Mortal Kombat is one of the best of a bad bunch. With only Christopher Lambert and a cracking soundtrack to show for it, The Conjuring and Fast and Furious 7 director James Wan shouldn’t have that much of a job, after being appointed as producer to Warner Bros. second effort with the property.
For anyone that never touched a SNES or visited an arcade like the other kids in the early 90s, Mortal Kombat is the finger-aching, spinal-snatching fighter that raised the bar for beat-em-up’s and then broke it in three different places. Classic characters like Raiden, Sub-Zero and that chain-swinging badass Scorpion have been fighting the good fight since 1992, with the latest version – Mortal Kombat X being the fastest selling instalment, shifting over 35 million copies.
News from The Tracking Board is that Warner Bros. already have writers entering combos for a story. 22 Jump Street scribe Oren Uziel and Godzilla’s Dave Callaham’s tale will tell of a “male protagonist who becomes drawn into the interdimensional tournament, and who begins to realize his true potential as a result of the experience.” Somewhere in between it all, people break teeth, lose limbs and have their frozen heads kicked clean off.
This live-action effort has been talked about for the past few years, gaining a bit of traction when director Kevin Tancharoen delivered the web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy, which was a huge hit with fans. Tancharoen was even offered directing duties for this but declined the offer. Currently there’s no mention of if Wan will give it his attention, as he’s already heading underwater for the studio with Aquaman as well as preparing more bumps in the night with The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist. Expect names for both director and potential punch bags to fill the cast list soon if Warner Bros. get this going.