It is being reported that James Wan (The Conjuring, Furious 7) has come aboard the long gestating Mortal Kombat reboot film. It is not believed he will direct, as his current directing duties include The Conjuring: The Enfield Poltergeist and DC Comics Aquaman film.
We haven’t had a Mortal Kombat film, based on the hugely successful video game franchise, since 1997’s atrocious Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. The last live action Mortal Kombat we’ve seen was the web series, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, which was well received by fans.
I will say that I really, really dug the original Mortal Kombat film. A lot. And I still like it, despite the not well aged special effects. In fact, Goro was terrible when the film came out . . .
Personally, I think bringing Wan into this is a masterstroke. He is certainly building a name for himself in Hollywood, having directed Saw, Insidious, Insidious Chapter 2, and the brilliant haunted house film The Conjuring, not to mention the fifth highest grossing film of all time, Furious 7. He is gaining name recognition in the masses of theater goers, and that can only help this film, especially if he takes a hands on producer role, as opposed to just having his name slapped on there.
I will keep you posted as more information comes down the pipeline. Until then, lets hope this moves forward and they are making a film that will keep the spirit of the series, if not the actual convoluted storyline.