Pic to be based on Kevin Tancharoen's short film and web series
New Line said Thursday that Tancharoen’s been attached to direct from a script that he’ll write with Oren Uziel. The duo collaborated on the film and 10-episode series, which debuted this spring through Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment as a promotion for a new version of the “Mortal Kombat” vidgame. No producers or actors have been attached to the new feature version of “Mortal Kombat.”
Rights to the property were part of the Midway Games assets that New Line parent Warner Bros. picked up in bankruptcy court in 2009 for the fire-sale price of $33 million along with “Spy Hunter,” “Joust” and several other game franchises.
Midway debuted the video game in 1992 with a story focusing on the monk Liu Kang to save Earth from an evil sorcerer. New Line’s “Mortal Kombat” movie grossed over $120 million worldwide in 1995 and its sequel “Mortal Kombat: Annihiilation” cumed $50 million two years later.
Warner Bros. was sued last year by Threshold Entertainment for alleged breach of contract over development of a third “Mortal Kombat” movie.
Tancharoen directed MGM’s reboot of “Fame” in 2009 and the “Glee” concert movie. Uziel’s penned “Kitchen Sink” and “Shimmer Lake.”
Dave Neustadter and Walter Hamada are overseeing for New Line.
Tancharoen is repped by ICM, Anonymous Content and attorney David Fox. Uziel is repped by ICM, Circle of Confusion and David Fox.