If there’s one fighting game franchise horror fans cherish above all others, it has to be Mortal Kombat. The series’ dark landscape, merciless characters, and gory fatalities lend themselves well to the sensibilities of most genre devotees. MK has even taken that connection further in recent years, by adding classic horror monsters like Freddy, Jason, and Predator to its line-up of guest fighters.
That said, with a new Mortal Kombat movie in development, it seems very appropriate that the man tasked with producing the project is none other than modern horror master James Wan (Insidious, The Conjuring). While the film is still in the early stages, Wan was recently asked for an update about its progress during an interview with IGN, and offered the following comments.
“It’s still cooking away. With that particular project, that’s a really cool property that I loved growing up as a kid. Besides the game, even the movies as well, I kind of enjoyed them for what they are.The key here is to try and do it right. I don’t want to rush into it. So right now, we’re just trying to take our time to make sure it’s heading in the right direction. I think that’s more important than trying to rush through it and pump up something that no one likes.”
As for what led the currently very busy Wan to want to produce a new theatrical take on MK, Wan said this:
“I love the characters. I think they’re such colorful characters. It’s such an amazing take on, basically, Enter the Dragon. It’s that fantasy version, the video game version, of Enter the Dragon. And in doing so, they ended up creating such interesting characters and I think that is such a cool world to explore. This really mythical, bigger world that lives on another dimension on top of ours. I think that’s really fun to play with and so we’ll see.”
While many who grew up in the 90’s still regard Paul W.S. Anderson’s first Mortal Kombat film as a fun and entertaining way to spend 100 minutes, few would seriously argue that there isn’t lots of room to improve on what fans received in back in 1995. With a powerhouse filmmaker like Wan overseeing things, it’s hard to imagine this new MK adaptation not managing to best what Anderson put together, at least in some ways.
Plus, the world really needs another good Mortal Kombat movie, if only to wash away the horrible taste of 1997 sequel Mortal Kombat: Annhilation. Packed with way too many characters for a single script to successfully support, full of groan-worthy one-liners, and populated with an almost entirely new cast, Annhilation was the disaster many worried the original would end up being. Note to James Wan: If you decide to do an animality in the new film, *please* spend more than five bucks on the CGI used to create it.