Back in 1995 came the film adaptation of legendary fighting video game “Mortal Kombat,” a commercial hit that’s often considered one of the few successful game-to-film adaptations. Its sequel, “Mortal Kombat Annihilation,” is famously considered one of the worst films of all time.
The franchise floundered for over a decade until a successful web series revived interest in the property. Over the last few years, talk of a ‘Kombat’ reboot has been swirling and as of last year came reports that James Wan was slated to produce the project from a script by Oren Uziel and Dave Callaham.
Since then there’s been nothing much said about it until this week when one of the first film’s original stars, Christopher Lambert, revealed in an interview with Loaded that it looks like the new film isn’t a reboot but rather a third installment of the original series. The actor tells the outlet he is in talks to reprise his role as Raiden:
“They have a great idea for the third one. It will be very different. We are going to be traveling through time but in a very special way. So imagine characters having a battle in the middle of London and then whoosh, you smash through a window and find yourself on the hood of a New York cab.”
Lambert was also very candid about why he didn’t show up for the first sequel, saying he didn’t think the script was very good. He remains a fan of the first one though because the game was so simple it actually required that the filmmakers do some serious work on it: “Mortal Kombat was an arcade game, a beat’em up and because of that they were forced to create a story rather than simply relying on the game’s plot.”