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So Much For the ‘Mortal Kombat’ Remake…

Here’s some shit news to end the week; it feels like a fatality to my optimism.

Kevin Tancharoen took to Twitter to announce that he is now longer attached to direct New Line Cinema’s remake of Mortal Kombat, which we exclusively broke the news about way back in Jan. 2010,

After 3 years of Kombat, I’ve decided to move on to other creative opportunities. I wish everyone involved in the movie big success,” he tweeted. “Thanks!

Tancharoen directed the incredible short film “Mortal Kombat: Rebirth” as a proof of concept for a Kombat movie he tried to pitch. A huge fan of the video game, he enlisted Oren Uziel to write the short and hired actors such as Michael Jai White and Jeri Ryan. Explained THR, the short was viewed more than 10 million times on YouTube, and although no movie deal materialized, he was asked to direct the 10-episode web series attracting more than 50 million unique visitors. A second season recently premiered on Machinima.

The franchise follows the best fighters from around the globe who are summoned to an island to compete in a tournament whose outcome will determine the fate of the entire planet.



  • Golic

    don’t you mean “so much for Kevin Tancharoen’s involvement in the Mortal kombat remake”?

  • Well that sucks.

    I’ve been a BIG fan of the original Mortal Kombat (good cheesy fun) movie for years, but I hated Annihilation with a passion. The stuff online was a cool, and I was DYING for another feature film.

    Put this next to my list of disappointments with no Cloverfield 2, Freddy VS Jason 2, a sequel to Carpenter’s Thing (well I guess you have the PS2 game), and a follow up to 28 Weeks Later. lol.

    • Golic

      read more carefully; it says nothing about the remake not happening, only that Kevin Tancharoen is no longer involved.

      • True. I see what you mean after reading it for a second time. More often than not, I just go by the headline and skim through the article without reading the whole thing.

  • ThunderDragoon

    Yeah, I don’t understand why you’re feeling down about this, Brad. Just because the guy who was going to direct the movie is now moving on doesn’t mean that the movie is dead. Hell, it might even come into somebody’s hands who gets this moving forward.

  • doomas10

    Well….it has been years since we were getting news on and off about the MK3. Since 1997 to be exact. I never understood the studios. The first MK proved to be a massive success suggesting that the franchise has/had clearly found an audience. MK has been integrated in the pop culture more than any other fighting game – your soul is mine, fatality, flawless victory and ninjas like scorpion and subzero and THAT MUSIC THEME – so the ground is there. But why no one is actually trying to make that film is beyond me :/

  • lilmarkuk

    im glad tbh, rebirth was ok but not so much as a mk movie

    and the web series was not even that great lol the 1st series was passable the new 2nd series was crap.

    and after hearing the script/story for the movie im happy he is off the project and hopefully it means they will do a new script also

  • WiKiT_CLoWN

    Thank God!

    Now there’s probably gonna be a real movie. Not this waste he made.

  • VictorCrowley

    I still enjoy the games, but the movies never really did anything for me. This news doesn’t tug on any heart strings.

    What I’d like to see is an MK game with horror characters, like they did with Freddy in the last one. Have a game with Jason, Myers, Freddy, Leatherface, Pinhead, Chucky, Victor Crowley, Alien, Predator, etc. Would be f*cking great.

    • CaptainHowdee

      Dude, I’ve always wished for a game like that! Like a gory Super Smash Bros with horror movie villains — maybe even some final girls and horror movie heros added into the mix.

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