Back in 2010, Kevin Tancharoen cooked up a pretty impressive short that reimagined the Mortal Kombat series. Tancharoen reportedly took on the effort to convince New Line Cinema that it was worth rebooting the Mortal Kombat film franchise, and the result was that pretty cool little web series, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, which ran on Machinima’s YouTube channel.
One short and a webseries later, it looks like New Line Cinema has signed off on a new Mortal Kombat film with Tancharoen as the director.
“The new game and the online shorts prompted us to consider a reboot of a brand we hadn’t been actively thinking about,” explained New Line Cinema boss Toby Emmerich.
Like the web series, the new Mortal Kombat film will reportedly take a comparatively realistic approach to Mortal Kombat‘s wild and whacky universe. Warn Bros. is working alongside New Line Cinema to have the movie out around the same time as the next Mortal Kombat title.
The Mortal Kombat film reboot is being penned by Oren Uziel, a longtime partner of Tancharoen’s. New Line expects to start production on the film next year, with a 2013 release likely.