Get over here! It sounds like Warner Bros’ is channeling the inner chi of Scorpion one of Mortal Kombat‘s most well known characters. The studio picked up the film franchise rights last summer, and it sounds like they’re ready to do something with them. It’s been 13 years since the last MK flick hit the big screen, and they already have a writer in mind to bring it back.
Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Warner Bros is interesting in making use of their Mortal Kombat rights, and have hired Oren Uziel to pen its script. If you’re questioning his writing skills, Uziel’s screenplay for Shimmer Lake made the 2009 Black List, which features the best unproduced scripts of the year. If you grew up in the nineties, you know how big the MK video games were during their prime. These days the competition is a lot heavier, and even though the games are still being released they’re nowhere near as popular as they used to be.
I actually saw the second Mortal Kombat movie in theaters, and out of the two it was my favorite. Not because of its amazing actors or the story, but because of its action. The original 1995 version was a bore, and was filled with bad casting. Bridget Wilson as Sonya Blade? That was a bad joke waiting to happen. In a film market saturated with high brow comic book adaptations, I’m not sure where MK will fit in.
The audience that worshiped the game 15 years ago are now in their twenties and thirties and have latched on to newer, more graphic fare. Mortal Kombat was groundbreaking back in the day, remember when parents were up in arms about the characters bleeding when they got hit? Those were the days, but I don’t know if Warner Bros can bring that kind of nostalgia back to the masses.
Do you want to see a reboot of the Mortal Kombat franchise?