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Could we get an R-Rated Mortal Kombat movie?

May 23rd, 2017 by Christopher Williams Comments

Could we possibly get an R-rated Mortal Kombat movie? If the reboot that’s been kicking around Hollywood for a few years resembles anything like the original script, then there’s a good chance we just might.

In an interview with Collider screenwriter Oren Uziel sat down to discuss his forthcoming directorial debut Shimmer Lake, when talk soon turned to the Mortal Kombat reboot, and the fact Uziel was the first screenwriter tapped to write the film after writing the short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth.

If you haven’t seen it you may want to check it out (below).

Fan reaction to Rebirth spawned the digital series, which got Hollywood considering the video game property for the big screen again:

“I ended up writing a short for him that he shot and it became kind of a big thing, and I know he used that to convince Machinima to make the digital series which I didn’t have anything to do with, and then after a couple years of that New Line came onboard to actually make a feature version again. And it was at that point that Kevin called and New Line called and said, ‘Hey, you were there at at the beginning, do you wanna come back?’ I said, ‘Sure’, so I wrote them a feature that has been the basis of what the Mortal Kombat movie will be, but it’s been kicking around for a little while now.

“I know James Wan came on to produce, so that to me was a good sign that maybe things were heating up again, but beyond that I really don’t know the specifics.”

The interesting tidbit though is when Uziel starts to describe the movie he wrote for New Line:

“Well, and again I don’t know what remains of this, but I know that it was going to be—it’s almost like if you took The Avengers, or if you took a storyline like that and set it in a sort of hard-R, over-the-top violence and hard-edged world of Mortal Kombat. It was a little bit like that, it was a little bit like a Wanted-type story that brought together a bunch of these characters and just pulled zero punches, and had a tone that was still fun but very dark.”

Though we really don’t know how much of his original vision will remain intact once the film actually starts shooting, it sounds like a movie that would have finally done the franchise justice. That’s a movie that I for one, want to see.

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Christopher is self-billed as the World's Coolest Nerd (meaning he wears glasses and is clumsy, but he never earned good marks in school). He loves all things Star Wars and superhero related such as comics, books, cartoons and movies. He's a husband and father who somehow manages to keep up with his pastimes since his day job mainly consists of sitting around a store with not much to do. He's very outspoken and wants to share his opinions with the world, or at least his fellow nerds. You can follow him on Twitter @AUDone44.