You’re forgiven if you don’t really care if anyone ever reboots the Mortal Kombat film franchise or not. After all, the Mortal Kombat movies we’ve received thus far have ranged from “not exactly the worst thing ever” to “the worst thing ever.”
However, it may interest you to learn that there was once a Mortal Kombat script floating around Hollywood that had the potential to be quite special.
In an interview with Collider, screenwriter Orien Uziel (22 Jump Street) spoke about the time that Warner Bros. brought him in to pen a Mortal Kombat film. Sadly, that deal didn’t last long.
“The guy who hired me exited the company before we even completed the paperwork,” said Uziel. “So it was like a job that existed and then disappeared, it was soul-crushing.”
Following that incident, Uziel and director Kevin Tancharoen ended up creating the highly successful web series, Mortal Kombat: Rebirth. Shortly thereafter, New Line contacted the duo and asked if they would be interested in pitching a new Mortal Kombat movie. Uziel agreed and provided the studio with a rather interesting take on the concept.
“I know that it was going to be—it’s almost like if you took The Avengers, or if you took a storyline like that and set it in a sort of hard-R, over-the-top violence and hard-edged world of Mortal Kombat,” said Uziel. “It was a little bit like that, it was a little bit like a Wanted-type story that brought together a bunch of these characters and just pulled zero punches, and had a tone that was still fun but very dark.”
So what are the odds we actually get to see this movie? That’s sadly anyone’s guess. New Line has yet to really commit to a Mortal Kombat remake. They still seem to be shopping the idea around and trying to get the principal pieces in place. Uziel admits that he has no idea whether or not any of his original ideas have survived the transition.
It’s possible that New Line could look at the success of recent R-rated films and decide to give this idea a shot. It’s just as likely that they will go with the mass appeal route and deliver…we’ll, we like to remain optimistic about such things.