Awesome! I am a big fan of the web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy, created by Kevin Tancharoen and I heard there’d be a second season sometime, well, that may have to wait because Tancharoen’s bid to get himself and his work noticed by the studio has paid off..
Comingsoon reported that NewLine/WB has hired former choreographer/music video director Tancharoen to helm a new big screen adaptation of the classic game, MORTAL KOMBAT which celebrates its 20th anniversary next year.
Tancharoen’s Mortal Kombat: Rebirth went viral last year and it spawned the weekly web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy.
The new film however will take a separate take but it will reteam Tancharoen with Mortal Kombat: Rebirth writer Oren Uziel
Production is set to start in early 2012 for a theatrical release in 2013.
Here are some excerpts of Tancharoen’s comments from the interview with the website..
It’s very exciting! I’m so happy that I’ve been a gigantic fan of this title since I was a little kid. This is a dream come true for me. I’m really happy that New Line and Warner Bros. saw the potential after the “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” webseries we did and the numbers that the videogame has done. I’m extremely grateful because it’s been a big, big journey for me.
this is a new take and it’s not going to continue directly off of the web series. There will be elements that are familiar to the people that have watched it, but it is its own movie. I wanted to make sure that, regardless of anything else, that it’s a good movie. It doesn’t have to be something that you will have had to have seen all ten episodes previously to understand or have played the videogame to understand. It’ll live on its own and be its own film and will hopefully be something that can continue on. It’s such a big story that you could have two or three movies, but I want to make sure that the first one is good on its own.
They want to shoot early next year and hopefully get it out in 2013.
We’ve got a good draft of the script, but we’re still working on it with Oren Uziel, who wrote the short. It’s great. It’s really great.
When asked which character video game would show up in this remake movie, Tancharoen wouldn’t reveal that answer for now but he promised that you the fans will get to see a lot of your favorite MORTAL KOMBAT characters.
He also wouldn’t say if the cast members of Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series would be asked to reprise their roles for the movie.
MORTAL KOMBAT was previously adapted into a movie back in 1995, starring Christopher Lambert, and then the 1997 follow up, MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION.. both of which I didn’t quite enjoy