Test your might? Mortal Kombat is a multi-media franchise that has tested its own might over the years. The hit fantasy action video game series quickly became one of the most talked about things in popular culture and is still running strong with titles such as Mortal Kombat X which offers even more fatalities and exotic, otherworldly locations to lay waste to your opponents in glorious combat. But we're not here to talk about the games, but more so the films, more specifically, the reboot that is currently in development. Yes, you heard correctly. A Mortal Kombat film reboot is in deep development and is being produced by fright master and visionary director James Wan who has expressed his excitement for the project and the importance of not rushing it and putting out a quality product that pleases new and old fans.
Here's the plot synopsis for the original 1995 film:
Lord Rayden (Christopher Lambert) handpicks three martial artists -- federal agent Sonya Blade (Bridgette Wilson), Shaolin monk Lui Kang (Robin Shou) and action movie sensation Johnny Cage (Linden Ashby) -- and mentors them. After intense training, Rayden transports the trio to Outworld, the site of an inter-dimensional fighting tournament. There, the three humans must defeat the demonic warriors of the evil Shang Sung (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) -- or allow Sung to take over the Earth.
The overall plot for Mortal Kombat seems simple--A bunch of fighters are trained and transported to different realms to fight in a tournament, and there's a bunch of shady stuff going on behind the scenes, and the possibility of planetary destruction and the defeat of an all-consuming evil. But Wan hopes to give the MK film franchise a more personal make over and focus on its personal themes about revenge, honor, and bravery in battle. In the tournament, everyone fights for a reason-Some do it for honor, some do it for kicks, some do it to avenge their loved ones, and others do it to stop their respective home-worlds from being destroyed. Bur fear not, the gritty action and bloody fatalities that have become synonymous with Mortal Kombat will still remain intact. All that is known is that a script is being written, but Wan himself may be too busy to direct since his plate is already full with helming the DCEU's Aquaman movie and the inevitable live-action Robotech adaptation.