With Assassin’s Creed in theaters this week (it’s actually playing everywhere now), we’ll see if the video game movie curse can be broken, even though the reviews on the winter blockbuster seem to indicate that it’s another dud in the genre. Therefore, there’s no better time to look back at two of the worst movies adapted from video games, which is impressive considering the larger roster of awful movies from this genre.
Mortal Kombat capitalized on the controversy and popularity of the bloody fighting video game of the same name to deliver a hokey franchise with a poor excuse for a story stringing together mediocre action sequences and some very unfortunately dated visual effects. Now Honest Trailers not only skewers the first film in the franchise, but also the batshit crazy sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
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Posted on Friday, November 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
A new Mortal Kombat movie has been in development for a few years already without much to show for it, to the point where it was easy to forget a Mortal Kombat movie was in development at all. But in recent months, we started hearing rumblings that the film was getting back on track. And now today, it’s taking a giant leap forward. Commercials director Simon McQuoid has been set to direct the video game adaptation, which is being produced by James Wan for New Line.
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Just last month, some rumblings about the new Mortal Kombat movie that’s been in development for years came to the surface. Christopher Lambert, who played Raiden in the first video game adaptation, said that he was in talks to reprise his role and there was going to be a time travel element involved this time. However, pretty much all of what he said has been debunked by those close to the project. But now we have a real update on the future of Mortal Kombat on the big screen.
The Conjuring and Furious 7 director James Wan is still on board the project as producer, and he recently talked about the status of a new Mortal Kombat. The good news is it’s “still cooking” according to the filmmaker, but the bad news is that we still have no idea when we’ll end up seeing it come together. Find out what James Wan had to say about the Mortal Kombat reboot after the jump. Read More »
It’s been years since New Line Cinema announced that they were developing another Mortal Kombat movie. Director Kevin Tancharoen was set behind the camera after helming the web series Mortal Kombat Legacy, but he left the project two years later. The last update we got on the project came last year when James Wan was brought on board as producer, and no more has been heard about the project since then. But that changes today.
Christopher Lambert, who played Raiden in the first Mortal Kombat movie, recently sat down for an interview where he revealed that he’s currently in talks to return as the electric warrior in Mortal Kombat 3. In addition, he teased a new twist on the story that will incorporate time travel. Find out what we know about Mortal Kombat 3 from this recent revelation after the jump. Read More »
Director Kevin Tancharoen has been immersed in the world of Mortal Kombat for three years. He directed two full seasons of Mortal Kombat: Legacy for the web and has been prepping a feature film at New Line Cinema as well. That’s a whole lot of fatalities.
Now it seems the director, who also made a play to direct Hunger Games a few years back, has had it with Raiden, Sub Zero and Scorpion. He took to Twitter to announce he’s leaving the franchise, leaving the film in limbo. Read More »
Usually in Mortal Kombat, the words “Finish Him” mean certain doom. However, for the online series Mortal Kombat: Legacy, things are far from finished. The first season debuted in 2011 to great success and now director Kevin Tancharoen is gearing up to debut Mortal Kombat: Legacy II, the second season of the popular online show. Featuring classic characters like Raiden, Scorpion, Sub Zero, Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Kitana and Mileena, the director promises “more action, fights, special effects, and overall, more of what fans want.”
Mortal Kombat: Legacy II debuts on Machinima September 26 and the final trailer has just been released. Check it out below. Read More »
As fans patiently wait for a possible new Mortal Kombat movie, director Kevin Tancharoen is keeping himself immersed in the world where people are likely to cry “Finish Him!” A second season of the popular Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series is coming soon complete with new characters and even greater stakes. Check out the first trailer for the new season below. Read More »
Disney Animation’s computer animated feature film Wreck-It Ralph follows Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly), a bad guy from a Donkey Kong meets Rampage inspired 1980’s arcade game Fix It Felix Jr. The story is set inside the world of video games. Fix It Felix Jr. is one of the remaining classic arcade machines in the back corner of an arcade. When the arcade closes, the characters in the games connect and interact between the worlds of the different machines. Ralph realizes that he no longer wants to be a bad guy, and adventures into other games in effort to become the hero.
This connected world allows the movie to feature interactions between some of your favorite classic video game characters, Roger Rabbit-style. Footage screened at CinemaCon has confirmed appearances from classic video game characters from Nintendo, Midway Games, Sega and more. Details after the jump.
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In June 2010, the short Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, based on the popular fighting video game series, hit the web. Armed with recognizable faces like Michael Jai White and Jeri Ryan and no small amount of violence, the short became a sensation, racking up millions of views on YouTube. The director was revealed to be choreographer Kevin Tancharoen, and the short spawned a web series that played out over the following year.
When the short hit we wondered if it might be a way to test the waters for a new feature film based on Mortal Kombat. That wasn’t quite the purpose on the studio side of things, though Tancharoen definitely viewed it as an audition. And that audition ended up working out that way in the end. New Line is now planning a new Mortal Kombat film, which will be written by Oren Uziel (the writer of MK: Rebirth) and directed by Tancharoen. Read More »