It was inevitable. After the success of the recent digital series for Warner Premiere, New Line has hired “Fame” director Kevin Tancharoen to direct a reboot of the “Mortal Kombat” film franchise reports Heat Vision.
Tancharoen directed “Mortal Kombat: Rebirth”, a short film that served as a proof of concept for a movie he was pitching based on the classic 1990’s video game. The short was an online sensation, generating over 10 million hits on YouTube. Due to its success he came on to helm a ten-episode web series, “Mortal Kombat: Legacy”, which debuted in April and attracted over 15 million unique visitors.
Based on the success of that, New Line and Warners thought its time to revisit the franchise on the big screen. Oren Uziel, who penned ‘Rebirth’, is writing the script.
No actors are yet attached, though the new story will not share continuity with the digital series. Whether the film will keep the darker tone of the digital shorts rather than the larger fantasy epic of the original mid-90’s movies is also unknown at this point.