After the brilliance that was the second season of Kevin Tancharoen’s web series, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, we’ve been getting ready for when the writer/director gets to really show his stuff on a big budget MK movie, by decapitating our sister’s dolls (fluffy spine still dangling). But it seems that it will actually be Tancharoen who gets the last fatality, as he has just ripped the head off the MK feature film, by revealing that he will no longer be involved with it.
Tancharoen revealed the shocking news on early Sunday morning on his Twitter account, indicating that he’s all Kombatted out.
“After 3 years of Kombat, I’ve decided to move on to other creative opportunities. I wish everyone involved in the movie big success. Thanks!”
No further explanation on his withdrawal from the project or any hints as to what these “other creative opportunities” might be were forthcoming. This is a rather huge blow, seeing as how Tancharoen was the single biggest driving force behind bringing MK back to the screen.
When Tancharoen was known as a director of several dancing TV series, so it made sense when he landed his first feature film directing gig by helming the 2009 Fame remake. Which is why he blew everybody away even further when he revealed Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, a proof of concept short film that he made out of his own pocket to prove to the suits at New Line Cinema that his new take on the MK mythos would be perfectly suited for a movie.
The short film was a gigantic hit, which is why he was given the reins to develop the web series for Mortal Kombat: Legacy, while he and screenwriter Oren Uziel worked out a new big screen version of the movie. And now that Legacy has proven that he not only has a great grasp of these characters but also that he can work with a bigger budget, and he’s so close to attaining his goal from 3 years ago, he’s calling it quits.
This leads me to think that there may have been some conflict between Tanchoroen and the studio – possibly about the direction of the film – leading to him getting out of Dodge. The problem is, with Tancharoen no longer at the helm, will fans still be as eager for a new Mortal Kombat movie? Will you?
Last Updated: October 28, 2013