Monday, November 21, 2016

'Mortal Kombat' Film On the Radar

That Mortal Kombat movie is still floating around in the minds of some Hollywood insiders. It's being reported by Variety that Simon McQuoid, known for directing commercials, will be taking over the directing duties for the movie. Before you brush off McQuoid, he has created several commercials in the past for Sony, Microsoft (Halo in particular), and a number of other gaming companies. Since the two season web series 'Mortal Kombat: Legacy,' was released, New Line Cinema has been working on making a new movie come to life. It's clear by the show that there is an audience, old and new, that will embrace the crazy MK antics.

But the production team knows that they must walk carefully on the subject. Game movies are known for their sordid past. While the first Mortal Kombat movie raked in $70 million, the second one tanked. Hard. Yes the first movie is not a masterpiece, but it was very Mortal Kombat-like in how it approached the story, action sequences, and the campyness. Good gravy was it campy. MK2 was just bad, trying too hard to be serious and taking the audience to another realm while recasting half of the actors and throwing the original plot out the window.

If there is anything that we have learned from video game movies, it's that too few truly embrace the full insanity of the games themselves.

Mortal Kombat is over the top. That's why we play it. And the movie should not hold back. We want the over the top Fatality kills, the gregarious special attacks, and the flippant personalities of the fighters. I'm a reasonable person and understand that the studio may have to tone down on the Fatalities to keep the movie in an R rating. But don't shy away from doing them!

With another game movie in the works, one wonders if any of them will finally break the curse? (You could argue that 'Warcraft' did just that, but only internationally.) 'Assassin's Creed' is set to release December 21st, just in time for the Christmas break for everyone to see. No reviews are available yet but it at least the movie looks like it belongs in the AssCreed universe. All we can do is wait, and hope that someone in Hollywood will finally understand how to craft a video game movie.

Oh, and don't kill off Johnny Cage so soon. That was harsh.


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