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New Line Reboots Mortal Kombat With Rebirth Director, Writer

New Line Cinema is rebooting its Mortal Kombat movie franchise, with Mortal Kombat: Legacy director Kevin Tancharoen at the helm.

Best known for the remake of Fame, Tancharoen became an Internet sensation in June 2010 when his $7,500 short film reimagining Mortal Kombat as a gritty, Se7en-esque drama went viral online. Designed as “a calling card” to demonstrate what the director could do with the property, the eight-minute Mortal Kombat: Rebirth caught the attention of Warner Bros. executives, who tapped Tancharoen to helm the 10-episode Legacy web series.

Deadline reports the reboot will reteam the director with Rebirth writer Oren Uziel.

Based on the popular series of video games, Mortal Kombat debuted on the big screen in 1995, grossing $122 million worldwide and spawning a far less successful sequel and a short-lived television series.


  • Anonymous

    cool cant wait

  • Mel


  • Felix

    Don’t kill off Johnny Cage!

  •!/ David R. Schmitt

    Fantastic! This is how the creation of a good video game adaption works.

  • Erik Galston

    Loved Legacy so looking forward tot hat. 

  • MM

    About time they gave Tancharoen the helm for MK, been waiting since I saw Rebirth.  

  • Jacob

    They already let him make the Legacy serial.

  • Jacob

    Now they just need to release Legacy on blu-ray so that I can watch the movie in quality.

  • Mythos

    Rebirth was amazing, whereas Legacy was watchable but ultimately disappointing compared with the original pitch. I’m hoping this time they can follow up on the original ideas from the pitch and do it right.

  • Aubrey Titmuss

    Since they’re doing a reboot film, they have to include Goro, Johnny
    Cage, Kitana, Kung Lao, Liu Kang, Mileena, Noob Saibot, Raiden, Reptile,
    Scorpion, Shang Tsung, Shao Kahn, Sonya Blade and Sub-Zero.

  • DrunkMonkeyKungFu

    It’s out this November