Mortal Kombat‘s videogame franchise is firing on all cylinders right now, back at its peak after more than a decade of questionable outings. It makes sense then that movie studios are sniffing around, exploring the potential for a reboot of the movie franchise. The man who was originally tasked with bringing that to life has said that he crafted a script that was akin to something between Wanted and a Hard-R Avengers.
If you’ve forgotten all about the upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot – don’t worry. It was announced by New Line Cinema way back in 2011 – with Oren Uziel tasked with penning the script.
During his press tour for Shimmer Lake, the writer told Collider that the original screenplay for the reboot felt like the love-child of Wanted and an R-rated Avengers movie;
“Well, and again I don’t know what remains of this, but I know that it was going to be—it’s almost like if you took The Avengers, or if you took a storyline like that and set it in a sort of hard-R, over-the-top violence and hard-edged world of Mortal Kombat. It was a little bit like that, it was a little bit like a Wanted-type story that brought together a bunch of these characters and just pulled zero punches, and had a tone that was still fun but very dark.”
The fate of this version of the script is in the hands of studio executives. Given the recent success of Deadpool, itself a hard R-rated movie, there might be more willingness to give the movie a shot
Given how iconic some of the Mortal Kombat characters are, creating an Avengers type flick makes sense. It also gives New Line Cinema a cinematic universe to play with – something that would have a heap of potential moving forward.
Uziel left the Mortal Kombat reboot a while back – with James Wan (The current producer on the project) working with Warner Bros on the Aquaman film, it may yet be a long while before audiences are given their Fatality fix.