Despite the less than stellar (domestically anyway) returns for Warcraft and The Angry Birds Movie, Hollywood is unlikely to cool on the idea of video game adaptations anytime soon. With Assassin’s Creed hitting the big screen in about a month, and a Minecraft movie and a Tetris trilogy being sent through the development process as we speak, video game movies are going to be a thing for a long time to come. They’re even now getting into reboots of older video game movies it seems, as the long-awaited new big screen version of Mortal Kombat takes a step closer to becoming reality.
Variety is reporting that Simon McQuoid is currently in talks with New Line Cinema to tell the new silver screen adventures of Liu Kang, Sonya Blade, Johnny Cage, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, et al. Who is Simon McQuoid? Well, he’s a commercial director who has done adds for Playstation and Halo among others, so he’s clearly got his finger on the pulse of gaming and gamers. This will likely be a disappointment though for fans of Kevin Tancharoen, who directed the very acclaimed short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, and its follow-up web series, Mortal Kombat: Legacy. Tancharoen was once developing a feature film based on Mortal Kombat, but in 2013 he announced he was off the project.
Film buffs of course will remember that Mortal Kombat was originally turned into a film back in 1995 by Paul W.S. Anderson, who has since moved on to the Resident Evil movie series, the next chapter of which will be released in January. The film starred Robin Shou, Linden Ashby, Bridgette Wilson and Christopher Lambert, and though it wasn’t an overwhelming critical success, it does have a cult following and does own the backhanded compliment of being one of the better video game-based movies. It was followed by a sequel called Mortal Kombat: Annihilation which is held in the esteem of no one, including many of the people involved in its production.
Obviously, there’s no word yet on a cast, crew or start date, but we will keep you posted with all the latest news as it becomes available.