We reported recently that Christopher Lambert was excited about the potential script for a new Mortal Kombat movie that now has James Wan was on board as producer. Fans of the franchise can be forgiven for not getting too excited about it though. Plans of a new Mortal Kombat film have been going around for a long time and with the first two films not exactly being brilliant films, but rather just excuses for a fight sequence, there is doubt that any new film will actually do the series justice.
Wan certainly has his hands full at the moment, currently directing Aquaman for Warner Bros, while still being involved in the MacGyver reboot. So there are concerns that despite his success thus far with almost everything he has touched, the film might only get scant attention from him and turn out derivative and rushed, without his promising touches.
Wan though, is certainly excited about the possibility of being involved in the franchise and in a recent interview with IGN, spoke about his passion for the characters and how he intends to not rush this film, but rather take the time to make sure it comes out right:
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.
That’s certainly what I like to hear. How much time he is referring to here is perhaps the question most fans will be asking, as they have already been waiting long enough for a decent Mortal Kombat movie. Mind you, the last one Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, was released in 1997 – that is almost 20 years ago. Surely a few more years couldn’t hurt.
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.’ 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.
Personally, if he is looking ot go the Enter The Dragon route, then that is certainly exciting. While I don’t want endless fight scenens in a film, if they can be done as classy as Bruce Lee, then bring it on. MK fans, I know the wait might be frustrating long, but there is promise that this film is going to happen and maybe actually end up being decent. And if its not, don’t blame me for building the hype – we’ve told you that you only have yourself to blame.
The film is currently without a director, but will hopefully find one soon. I doubt Wan, despite his love of the franchise, will direct it himself as there are bigger things on his horizon (including a possible Robotech movie outside of the DC Universe). We will let you know as soon as we hear more.
Last Updated: August 15, 2016