James Wan Is ‘Still Cooking Away’ on a New ‘Mortal Kombat’ Movie
It’s been about a year since we first learned that James Wan is producing a new Mortal Kombat movie; since then, he’s kept himself pretty busy with a new Conjuring sequel and DC’s upcoming Aquaman movie. Although he’s a bit preoccupied at the moment, Wan is still committed to Mortal Kombat, but it might still be quite a while before we see Scorpion, Raiden, et al. back on the big screen.
In a new interview with IGN, Wan says that they’re still developing the new film based on the classic video game, but he doesn’t want to rush it — lest we end up with a sub-par take on Subzero (SORRY):
It’s still cooking away. With that particular project, that’s a really cool property that I loved growing up as a kid. Besides the game, even the movies as well, I kind of enjoyed them for what they are. 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. I love the characters. 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.’ And in doing so, they ended up creating such interesting characters and I think that is such a cool world to explore. 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.
A new Mortal Kombat movie has been in development for several years, with Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series director Kevin Tancharoen previously attached to the project. Wan’s version doesn’t have a director just yet, and while this update may not be the greatest news for particularly anxious fans, it’s good to hear that he’s dedicated to delivering the best possible product — instead of forcing a major franchise film into existence around a release date, like some other studios.