James Wan Jumps on New Mortal Kombat Movie


The long-gestating new live-action Mortal Kombat movie looks to be getting the boost it needs.

James Wan, who absolutely killed it with Furious 7‘s worldwide pull of $1.5 billion, has jumped on board the project as producer.

The Tracking Board reports that Wan will be producing the New Line Cinema and Broken Road project, which is being described as “a departure from the mythology,” with “darker, brutally real martial arts.”

The new Mortal Kombat movie will tell of a seemingly harmless man who is thrust in the centre of a cross-dimensional battle between Earth’s warriors and the monsters of Outworld. In order to stop the world’s destruction, he is pushed to enter and win a martial arts tournament, Mortal Kombat.

Dave Callaham, who co-wrote the Dwayne Johnson-starring Doom and helped create The Expendables franchise, will be writing the screenplay alongside Mortal Kombat: Rebirth writer Oren Uziel.

The Midway video game franchise has sold over 35 million units since arcades and game systems began featuring the first games in the early 90s. Many may remember the 1995 live-action adaptation and its abysmal follow-up, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.

Wan is currently in pre-production on his next film as director, sequel The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, and will soon be starting work on Warner Bros.’ Aquaman, which he is also set to direct.

Wan’s inclusion is a big move in getting this new take off the ground. Now we just need the right director. We’ll keep you informed.