Everything's coming together for Kevin Tancharoen. First, his Mortal Kombat: Rebirth trailer sent fans into rapturous applause. It was fresh, it was cool, it was original. We wanted a film, and we wanted it now. But we didn't get it, instead having to settle for a miniseries of web shorts, made by Tancharoen, that (thanks to Machinima in particular) went viral. Now, it would seem, New Line Cinema are very interested in bringing Tancharoen's vision to the big screen.
'The new game and the online shorts prompted us to consider a reboot of a brand we hadn’t been actively thinking about,' said New Line's head honcho, Toby Emmerich. He was joined by parent company Warner Bros., who said that it was crucial to explore the transition from games to films.
'It's really important that we show we can bring our game properties to movies instead of just the other way around,' said Warner home entertainment president Kevin Tsujihara. Acording to the LA Times, 'Emmerich and Tusjihara both said they hope the next Mortal Kombat game will come out when the movie hits theaters, or potentially in a single package along with the DVD and Blu-ray.'
Tancharoen is definitely down to direct, his previous work being the less than great remake of Fame, but the vision exhibited in the original trailer and web shorts gives us hope. He has confirmed that it is to be a more realistic take on the Mortal Kombat universe than the previous films, and frankly we are absolutely jonesing for something that takes on the story conceived in the Rebirth trailer. If you've forgotten just how good it was, watch it again at the top of this post! [LA Times]