Does James Wan’s Mortal Kombat movie offer hope for gamers?

Mortal Kombat dir. Paul W.S. Anderson 1995

A new Mortal Kombat movie is on the way courtesy of James Wan.

Paul W.S. Anderson's 1995 Mortal Kombat movie has hardly stood the test of time, but then again, it's a video-game adaptation. Many believe that we'll never see a video-game reach the big screen which actually warrants the transformative treatment, and honestly, history has continued to reinforce this pessimistic attitude for far too long. We've seen popular examples such as Assassin's Creed and Warcraft fail to satisfy audiences when given the blockbuster makeover, but a recent example does offer hope. 

Although critics haven't really taken to it, Pokémon Detective Pikachu may be the pivotal film to invest audiences in video-game movies. Of course, it's up for debate, but in terms of track-record, this is a huge leap for those who've been waiting for a satisfying adaptation to come along. At the moment, we're still working out what it is we can learn from the project; other than, if you can, cast Ryan Reynolds. 

In wake of its positive audience reception, the masses may be more inclined to take a gamble on video-game movies in the near future, and if there's one to further sway us, Mortal Kombat may be the one. The franchise has been going since the early nineties and maintains popularity even today — fortunately, the property has fans in high places.

As reported by ScreenRant, a reboot will begin pre-production this month and is set to film in Australia, with the great James Wan producing. The popular Hollywood figure has directed such significant hits as Aquaman, The Conjuring and Furious 7. He's very well respected in the industry and boasts quite the body of work as both filmmaker and producer, so let's hope he can work his magic on Ed Boon and John Tobias' beloved franchise. 

W.S. Anderson's 1995 film has earned a cult following over the years, but this tends to be the case for most video-game movies. There's always going to be fans of the games which love the adaptation, but most of these properties deserve better than that.

If we're holding out hope for any example in development, it's Wan's Mortal Kombat. Sadly, little more is known about the project as of yet, but once production begins, hopefully, positive news floods in to give existing fans something to settle them. If they secure a good director, this could be the one...

In other news, is this when we'll get the Three From Hell trailer?

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