Hollywood loves its reboots, and the Mortal Kombat series is the latest to get the greenlight to reinvent itself. Warner Bros. Pictures is in talks with Oren Uziel (whose script Shimmer Lake made the 2009 Black List of great unproduced screenplays) to pen the new installment.
If you were a kid (especially a boy) growing up in the ’90s, I have no doubt that you saw both the 1995 film and its sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. While the first one was halfway decent, the second one was such a disaster both box office-wise and creatively that the third film was never produced, despite rumors over the past decade of its existence.
This new installment could in fact bring some legitimacy to the franchise and start it off on the right foot, or it could be another Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. Time will tell; at the very least, let’s hope they have the hindsight to make this one R-rated and actually go forward with the violence that made the game series so popular through out the 1990’s.