Why Mortal Kombat needs to be remade/rebooted
Updated: May 28, 2019
The title must be strange to you. I am actually admitting something needs a remake/reboot. I grew up in the 80’s/90’s where fighting games were king. We got to play classics like Virtua Fighter, Pit Fighter, Street Fighter, and of course Mortal Kombat. Mortal Kombat was the first game that introduced fatalities and gore. It changed how the Video Games were perceived by parents and was the reason why Video Game Ratings were brought into play. I wonder if Australia is able to play Mortal Kombat yet?
What inspired me to write this? An article I read this morning. Included the infamous Christopher Lambert. If you remember him, you are most likely from the 80’s as he faded away from the screen in the mid/late 90’s. Mainly known for his work in the Highlander franchise, but he also played the Thunder God, Raiden in the 1995 release of Mortal Kombat. The first Mortal Kombat film was a flawless victory. All the elements of the movie made sense and the fighting was top notch at the time of release. The film catapulted actors like Robin Shiu(Lui Kang) into stardom. However, what must go up, must come down. And with that, I speak with the colossal flop known as Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
CGI was still new at the time and someone had a great idea of making this film full of CGI FX when it wasn’t needed. It got away from the essence from what Mortal Kombat was. It was about the epic fight scenes. 70% of the original cast did not come back. Only Lui Kang and Kitana. Johnny Cage #2 was killed within 5 minutes of the film starting and Shao Khan(played by Brian Thompson ie Arnold Swarchnegger knock off) is now the main villain. Overall the film stunk so bad, that even mentioning the words “Mortal Kombat” after that massive flop came with ridicule. Like the film, the actors careers that catapulted also fell into the pit to never return. Shortly thereafter, the video game franchise went through some horrible sequels and eventually Midway, creator of Mortal Kombat, closed its doors forever.
Years later, independent film makers and some well know actors such as Michael Jai White(spawn) and Jeri Ryan(7 of 9 from Star Trek: Voyager) joined a project called Mortal Kombat: Legacy. A Machina/Youtube series, become an instant hit with its amazing fighting, back stories of the main characters and it’s over the top violent/gory action. I literally begged for this to be turned into a film. Sadly, it didn’t occur. A few years later, Warner Brothers worked with a new company called NetherRealm Studios, helmed by former exec of Midway and creator Mortal Kombat, Ed Boon. They created which would have been consider, Mortal Kombat 9. They reinvented the fighting classic which introduced a younger audience to this epic franchise while satisfying the hardcore rabid fans. It essentially breathed new life into a dead franchise.
Since then there was another Mortal Kombat release which was even better than the first that was released years ago. If we can keep that that momentum going into a film, we may be able to bring the franchise back to the big screen. Word to the wise, stay away from CGI, stick to the fighting. And make sure Lambert is Raiden again for the love of god. Or Thunder God that is.