Mortal Kombat 9: Legacy Movie Rights Granted
Mortal Kombat 9 is one of the the best sellers of 2011, with over 3 million copies sold worldwide on both platforms since its release last April 19. But it has not stopped there. After the cinematic trailers for Mortal Kombat – Legacy became a huge success, director Kevin Tancharoen gets the green light from New Line Cinema for the official Mortal Kombat movie.
The big screen interpretation of Mortal Kombat is due sometime in 2013 and is rumored to have a budget of less than $100 million. Production starts next year. Warner home entertainment President Kevin Tsujihara said:
“It’s really important that we show we can bring our game properties to movies instead of just the other way around. The new game and the online shorts prompted us to consider a reboot of a brand we hadn’t been actively thinking about.”
New Line president Toby Emmerich explained that it was Tancharoen’s previous work that inspired this movie. The movie will mirror MK Legacy and will offer a more gritty and realistic take on the Mortal Kombat characters which Tancharoen has become known for. (White Raiden?) The first two Mortal Kombat films hit the big screen in 1995 and 1997. This new movie will showcase the MK Legacy where the characters from the series will have deeper, more gritty, and more realistic interpretations.