Third Mortal Kombat Movie Set To Go?
The first Mortal Kombat movie wasn't a masterpiece, but at least it was semi-entertaining, and perhaps sadly, it remains one of the better game-to-movie adaptations.
Subsequent MK films didn't fare so well, but perhaps hope can spring anew with the announcement of the third movie. According to GameSpot, last month's bankruptcy court suit included the information that producer Larry Kasanoff was working on what we might call "Mortal Kombat 3." He said the "script, talent, and shooting locations" were all lined up, and now, as reported by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, we have more evidence that this movie may hit theaters some time next year. Eighth-degree black belt Chris Casamassa told the Tribune he'd be returning to his role as the original Scorpion and filming was set to begin in September. The first film only took $25 million to make (what, you couldn't tell?) and it managed to rake in $122 million in box office revenue, so it appears they're hoping to reclaim that popularity. After all, Midway could definitely use some good news these days and for the time being, they still own all the licenses to the long-running franchise. Let's just hope this movie turns out better than the recent "Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li." Besides the very cute Kristin Kreuk, that movie was basically worthless.
Those who remember the first MK movie will probably agree that the Scorpion/Johnny Cage fight was pretty sweet; it was arguably the best battle in the movie. ...well, it was cool for the time, damnit.
7/8/2009 Ben Dutka