It’s Official: Kevin Tancharoen Will Reboot Mortal Kombat for the Big Screen


Kevin TancharoenNot all that long ago, Kevin Tancharoen took a chance and spent his own money, got some actor friends together, wrote a script, and shot himself an 8-minute “Mortal Kombat” film called “Rebirth”. The idea was to show the studio suits what he could do, and maybe get some financing together to reboot the “Mortal Kombat” franchise.

That little enterprise eventually led to a 10-part web series called “Mortal Kombat: Legacy”, which Tancharoen directed for Warner Bros. With that 10-part series done and out of the way, it was only a matter of time before the studio finally let Tancharoen direct an honest to goodness “Mortal Kombat” movie on the big screen.

That time, it turns out, is today.

New Line Cinema has officially tapped Tancharoen to direct and co-write (with Oren Uziel) a “Mortal Kombat” feature film. No word on what the plot would be, but the movie is being called a “reboot”, so don’t expect it to follow the previous two films.

I would like to tell you that Tancharoen’s 10-part web series “Legacy” provided clues as to where the feature film would go, but honestly, except for a couple of early episodes, the rest of the web series was really all over the place, and spent most of its time really just telling origin stories for the various fighters.

In any case, here’s the 8-minute short that started it all, starring Michael Jai White as Jax, Jeri Ryan as Sonya Blade, Matt Mullins as Johnny Cage, Ian Anthony Dale as Scorpion, and Lateef Crowder as Baraka. One hopes at least White and Ryan return for the big-screen movie. It would be only fair, right?

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  • Dominique Hatcher

    bout fuckin’ time

  • Bubbahobrown

    I second that!

  • DrSftpork

    i hope he’s listening to the general sentiment that the original 8 minute movie was the very best part of his effort. rebirth was definitely the trailer for the mortal kombat movie i want to see

    • 0ptik

      i agree with you. I thought that he changed a few things in the 10-part series that made it a bit worst. I hope he sticks to rebirth to the letter.

      • 0ptik

        i should have added without the dead johnny cage. But i could live without him, but its not fair to the franchise.

  • Juggernaut

    This should be cool! Two things, bring back Cage and go with the more traditional looking Barakka. The dreadlocked, multi-piercing, ex-doctor doesn’t work. Other than that can’t wait!.

  • Kiro

    Rebirth wasn’t right!Legacy was more faithful to MK storyline.

  • Dedpool

    Nice! I like “Rebirth” as an alternate take on the MK legend, but to me “Legacy” was a pretty good compromise between his vision and the established canon. I think statistically it was definitely all over, and yet the stories he told were pretty good, and the action was definitely on point. Keep the cast, build it up with the second series of shorts, while filming the feature film, release shorts before film releases in theatres so the feature can focus on the tournament without tons of backstory. My personal favs from “Legacy” were the Jax/Sonja/Kano ep, The Raiden ep, the Scorpion/Subzero ep, and the Chead/Sector ep. The Johnny Cage one was ok, I liked the pop-culture spin on it.