Kevin Tancharoen’s involvement with the “Mortal Kombat” franchise has always been a tad perplexing. The guy, a big fan of the games, shot a short “Mortal Kombat” film that got the Internet into a frenzy and piqued the curiosity of Warner Bros. Enough that the studio sunk some money into letting Tancharoen direct a “Mortal Kombat” web series called “Legacy”. The idea was for him to, eventually, helm a big-screen live-action reboot of the franchise.
A few weeks ago, Tancharoen released the second part of his “Legacy” web series, and yesterday he’s announced that he’s no longer involved in the franchise, tweeting:
After 3 years of Kombat,I've decided to move on to other creative opportunities. I wish everyone involved in the movie big success. Thanks!
— Kevin Tancharoen (@KTANCH) October 25, 2013
If I had to guess, I would say that Tancharoen got tired of waiting for Warner Bros. to greenlight the reboot, and decided to go do something else with his time. That, and he’s gotten the whole “Mortal Kombat” fanboy out of him with not one, but two web series. If you’ve seen the series, you know that he did a pretty good job, with some really cinematic production values on both series.
Studios being what they are, it’s no surprise it’s taken them a whopping three years to get something up and running — and they’re not even close, apparently. I doubt if they ever had a finished script. Right now, Warner Bros. is trying to catch up to Marvel with their superhero franchise, and I can imagine they don’t care enough about rebooting a dead franchise.
Here’s “Mortal Kombat: Legacy II” in case you missed it when it was released.