James Wan will reportedly help develop the reboot based on the brutal fighting game series.
[dropcap size=small]O[/dropcap]ne of the hottest directors in Hollywood right now is James Wan. The Australian director has a strong track record with hit horror flicks like Saw, Insidious, and The Conjuring, and most recently, the massively popular Furious 7. After directing The Conjuring 2 for next year, he will then be helming Aquaman for Warner Bros. and DC.
Wan is a very busy man, but he has found time in his schedule to help produce the latest Mortal Kombat film.
The upcoming film will apparently be a reboot for the franchise, and The Tracking Board reports that Mortal Kombat: Legacy writer Oren Uziel and The Expendables writer Dave Callaham will work on the screenplay.
As a reboot, the film will apparently be a “departure from the mythology,” and have “darker, brutally real martial arts.”
For those unfamiliar with the source material of the film, Mortal Kombat is a fighting game series that made its debut in 1992 for arcades. The series is best known for its savage fighters and gruesome finishing moves called fatalities. The most recent game in the series, Mortal Kombat X, was released earlier this year for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
With colossal popularity soon after the first game’s release, a movie came not long after in 1995. While goofy and cheesy, the film has gained a cult following, but most fans are in agreement that the sequel film, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, is a cheap mess. Since then, a reboot has been rumored for years, and those rumors intensified with the well-received web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy.
James Wan has proven himself a talented and accomplished filmmaker, so hopefully he can breathe new life into the long running franchise.
Also, if the reboot includes the theme song from the original game, the film will be off to a good start.