Mortal Kombat Reboot: James Wan Puts Movie On Back-Burner

Director James Wan is apprehensive about revisiting the iconic game franchise Mortal Kombat on the big screen.

The Mortal Kombat movies of the ’90s have their fans, but it’s fair to say the video game series has never been adapted for the big screen with any huge amount of panache, so plenty of people were excited to hear a while back that one of the horror genre’s biggest names, James Wan, had positioned himself in a producing role on a new reboot film, a project that Warner Bros and New Line had been keen to get the ball rolling on for some time.

But at a recent Aquaman junket, via Heroic Hollywood, Wan didn’t seem too sure about the future of Mortal Kombat:

“That has been such a tricky one just trying to get the script to a point. People don’t know this, fans don’t understand this, but there’s just so much on the business side of things… to try and get the right budget for it, and we want to make sure we have enough resources and the budget to do the film right. If I can’t get the right resources and find the right filmmaker for it, I don’t want to do it, and I’m so busy already. I don’t need to clutter my plate with more stuff if I don’t believe it can be done right.”

It seemed like things were moving in the right direction earlier in 2018. During the summer, That Hashtag Show published some details about the reboot film that indicated that an original lead character had been written for it in Cole Turner, a “struggling and widowed boxer who cares more about his young daughter than anything.” The site also claimed to have seen further characters listed for inclusion in the reboot, including Kano, Sonya, Raiden, Liu Kang, Shang Tsung, Drahmin, Nitara, Reiko, Sub-Zero and Scorpion.

It looks like a new Mortal Kombat movie might be slipping away from us, as things stand. Meanwhile, Mortal Kombat 11 is due out on April 23rd, 2019. We’ll see if the game’s success could help push the film forward. Until then, check out our ranking of all the Mortal Kombat characters.

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