James Wan, directer of The Conjuring, Saw, Insidious, and Furious 7 is slated to produce the upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot! For a film filled with gore and violence, Wan is the man for the job, but will he take the reigns of director? With horror and action movies under his belt it will be a pleasure to see him combine the two and hopefully make the Mortal Kombat movie fans want.
Originally self-financed, web-based directer Kevin Tancharoen of Mortal Kombat: Legacy fame was set to direct. Tancharoen's Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short showed what he would be capable of if given the reigns to direct a feature film. For a moment, he saw a glimpse of hope. His work with the franchise showed a different take on the universe and received mixed reviews from fans. He took some liberties with his version of the beloved characters and some did not take to them. If you have a chance, take a look and judge for yourself.
Personally, I thought it was a fresh take on the material and would have loved seeing a we-based series director at the helm of a major studio film.
However, Mortal Kombat is in good hands with Wan because he has proven himself a force to reckoned with. Wan is a member of the Splat Pack, a group of independent filmmakers who have directed, written and produced numerous R-Rated horror films, notable for their extreme ultra-violence. Bringing this kind of experience with him is exactly what we need in a Mortal Kombat film, loads of gore and plenty of over the top violence. With writers Oren Uziel and Dave Callaham at his side to create the perfect screenplay, we can expect a film to live up to the subject matter. Uziel had written the script for the Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short and an episode of Legacy, which is exciting considering he may bring some ideas from that universe over to the film. Callaham brings great action writing experience with him, having worked on Doom, The Expendables and Godzilla (2015).
Combining these factors, I hope we can finally get the Mortal Kombat film we deserve. The original 1995 film is a guilty pleasure for me, and even though I enjoy it, it could definitely have been improved upon with the story. With a great cast bringing our favorite characters to life, this is the movie we've been waiting for.
Do you think James Wan can create a great MK film?