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Simon Brew Nov 21, 2016
Mortal Kombat is heading back to the movies, with the help of a brand new director...
The planned reboot of the Mortal Kombat series of movies has just moved a step forward. New Line has been developing the project for a little while now, and it’s just hired Simon McQuoid to direct the new film.
McQuoid’s background is in commercials, and this’ll mark his feature directing debut. He’s worked on campaigns for companies such as PlayStation, Range Rover and Beats By Dre thus far. His advertising work is apparently in very heavy demand, and he follows a well-trodden path of filmmakers jumping from the world of advertising to full-length features. Ridley Scott, for a start.
Variety reports that producer James Wan and New Line Cinema are furiously attempting to input the buttons for “Find New Director” into the long-abandoned Mortal Kombat film franchise. (Their brother’s friend Todd swear’s it’s “Block, hold up, punch, down, call some agents,” but Todd always lies about stuff like that.) Commercial director Simon McQuoid is reportedly in talks to helm a new Mortal Kombat movie for the studio, a reboot of a film franchise which hasn’t had a movie in theaters since the self-inflicted Fatality of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation in 1997.
The original Mortal Kombat was a surprise success—at least, in the low-standards world of video-game-to-movie adaptations—making good money at the box office, and launching director Paul W. S. Anderson into a weirdly durable action movie career. Annihilation was a disappointment, though, and its lackluster results relegated the series to years of appearing as »
- William Hughes
Looks like Deadpool 2 wasn’t the only film to find itself a new director tonight, as Variety reports that the upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot has now settled on someone to sit behind the camera. The man in question is Simon McQuoid, a very well respected commercial director who will be making his feature film debut here. That’s not exactly encouraging, but apparently McQuoid has an impressive resume and is “one of the most in-demand commercial directors in the business.”
As for the film itself, this one’s been in development for quite a while now. With James Wan on board to produce, you’d think it would have moved into production a bit quicker. That hasn’t exactly been the case though, as Wan’s said multiple times that he’s in no rush with it. With McQuoid now on board, however, we’ll probably start to see a »
- Josh Wilding
Commercial director Simon McQuoid is in talks to direct the “Mortal Kombat” reboot for New Line, TheWrap has confirmed. Greg Russo penned the most recent draft of the script. Based on the classic ’90s arcade game, “Mortal Kombat” was made into a feature film directed by Paul W.S. Anderson in 1995. It told the story of Liu Kang (Robin Shou), Johnny Cage (Linden Ashby) and Sonya Blade (Bridgette Wilson-Sampras), who were invited to a mysterious island, where they fought for the fate of humanity in a life-or-death tournament. Also Read: 'Mortal Kombat' Is Suspiciously Similar to Bruce Lee Classic »
- Umberto Gonzalez
18 November 2016 5:36 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Mortal Kombat is ready for a new round.
Simon McQuoid is in talks to direct the big-screen reboot of the videogame franchise, Heat Vision has confirmed.
James Wan is producing the reboot for New Line, the studio behind both the 1995 film that became a surprise hit and its less-than-stellar 1997 follow-up, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. Larry Kasanoff, who produced the original films and helped extend the Mortal Kombat brand to new heights, is executive producing.
McQuoid comes from the world of commercials and helmed a well-liked Star Wars spot for Duracell last year and also is known for work with brands such as Nissan, Samsung »
- Aaron Couch
James Wan is producing the movie, along with Michael Clear for Atomic Monster, and Todd Garner and Jeremy Stein through their Broken Road banner. Lawrence Kasanoff is executive producing. Greg Russo penned the most recent draft.
Based on the classic ’90s arcade game, “Mortal Kombat” has generated numerous pop culture properties, including the best-selling video game in its franchise, “Mortal Kombat X.” The “Mortal Kombat” games are currently developed by NetherRealm Studios, owned by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, with a team led by co-creator and creative director Ed Boon.
Paul W.S. Anderson’s 1995 movie revolved around some of the game’s classic characters, like Liu Kang and Johnny Cage, who were invited to a tournament on a mysterious island only to find out that the fate of the world hung in the balance. »
- Justin Kroll
Warcraft was not the great video game movie we hoped for, and now all eyes are on Assassin's Creed next month. We'll have to wait and see whether or not that works out, but another high profile video game adaptation on the way is Mortal Kombat. The 1995 movie did pretty wel at the box office, but the sequel - Mortal Kombat: Annihilation - pretty much killed the franchise, and it's remained in development hell ever since. However, the success of web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy changed that. As a result, New Line is moving forward with a big screen reboot, and Variety reports that Simon McQuoid is in talks to take the helm. The Australian director is best known for his commercials work, and he's contributed to high profile campaigns related to both PlayStation and the Halo franchise. Mortal Kombat is a big step up for him then, »
Universal Pictures’ monsters universe will kick off in 2017 with an all-new The Mummy movie starring Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe, after which Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man and more will get their chances to frighten new generations of moviegoers. The latest lycanthrope outing has gained plenty of traction in the last year, with rumors swirling about the possibility of Dwayne Johnson in the hairy lead role. The project is currently sans director, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, it has picked up a new screenwriter. The Expendables co-writer Dave Callaham has been tapped to rework Aaron Guzikowski’s script.
In addition to sharing screenplay credits with Sylvester Stallone, the Doom scribe is also writing Zombieland 2 and a new Mortal Kombat movie. Callaham also wrote the pilot for the Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle, Jean-Claude Van Johnson, which Amazon just ordered to series. So maybe the newest iteration of the ...
- Danette Chavez
After another round of letting people check out pilots, Amazon Studios has given the go ahead on three series, and they’re all pretty fantastic.
I Love Dick, Jean-Claude Van Johnson, and The Tick all got series orders, and will come out in 2017. You can still catch the pilots if you didn’t manage to get to them yet, and at least now be more comfortable in the fact that you’ll get to watch the shows.
Jean-Claude Van Johnson is a weirdly fun spin on spy efforts that I think will suck in even those going in with low expectations.
Get all the info below, and give the pilots a look.
- Marc Eastman
In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an underdog accountant with zero powers comes to realise his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero. The pilot for The Tick starred Serafinowicz along with Griffin Newman (Vinyl), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Valorie Curry (House of Lies), Yara Martinez (Jane the Virgin) and Brendan Hines (Scorpion). The Tick is executive produced by Ben Edlund (Supernatural), Barry Josephson (Bones) and Barry Sonnenfeld (A Series of Unfortunate Events), directed by Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight), and written by Edlund. The Tick is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television.
Adapted from the cult classic I Love Dick »
- Gary Collinson
Just last month, some rumblings about the new Mortal Kombat movie that’s been in development for years came to the surface. Christopher Lambert, who played Raiden in the first video game adaptation, said that he was in talks to reprise his role and there was going to be a time travel element involved this time. […]
- Ethan Anderton
At the Summer TCA Press Tour to promote his new Magyver reboot on CBS, James Wan also touched on the Mortal Kombat reboot in addition to dishing on his Aquaman plans. Said Wan, "It's still cooking away. With that particular project, that's a really cool property that I loved growing up as a kid. Besides the game, even the movies as well, I kind of enjoyed them for what they are." Head over to our sister site, GameFragger.com to read more from Wan on his plans for the reboot and what old-school martial arts flick he likens the film to. With Wan busy at work on Aquaman, it stands to reason that he won't have a ton of time to devote to Mortal Kombat. With him in the producer role, it will be interesting to see who he hires to lead development on the project. Perhaps David F. Sandberg, »
“It’s still cooking away,” Wan told IGN. “With that particular project, that’s a really cool property that I loved growing up as a kid. Besides the game, even the movies as well, I kind of enjoyed them for what they are. The key here is to try and do it right. I don’t want to rush into it. So right now, we’re just trying to take our time to make sure it’s heading in the right direction. I think that’s more important than trying to rush through it and pump up something that no one likes. I love the characters. I think they’re such colorful characters. It’s such an amazing take on, »
- Luke Owen
It’s been years since New Line Cinema announced that they were developing another Mortal Kombat movie. Director Kevin Tancharoen was set behind the camera after helming the web series Mortal Kombat Legacy, but he left the project two years later. The last update we got on the project came last year when James Wan was […]
- Ethan Anderton
It was long believed that Mortal Kombat was being rebooted as a movie franchise, but now one of the actors from the original 1995 big screen video game adaptation claims we're actually getting a sequel instead. Though, it will arrive with a big twist. Hollywood has always had a very difficult time cracking the code on video game movies, but it hasn't been for a lack of trying. One of the earliest attempts at this was the first Mortal Kombat live-action movie. As it turns out, there is apparently still a chance that, after nearly 20 years, a third installment of the original movie series may be on the way. And it sounds like it will be absolutely ridiculous.
Christopher Lambert, who starred in the first Mortal Kombat, recently gave an update on the long rumored, stuck in-development hell reboot/sequel. While speaking with Loaded, the actor claimed that he is in »
Take this bit of news with a pinch of salt, but there are some rumours floating around the Internet that the Mortal Kombat reboot has a cast in place – and it’s pretty star studded.
According to website Frag Hero – who claim this story to be confirmed – Vin Diesel (Guardians of the Galaxy), Megan Fox (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows), Jason Momoa (Justice League), Ronda Rousey (Furious 7) and Liam Neeson (Taken) have joined the cast of the James Wan-produced Mortal Kombat reboot. Not only that, but Robin Shou – who played Liu Kang in Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation – will return to the series to play the villainous Shang Tsung along with Michael Jai White reprising his role of Jax from Mortal Kombat: Legacy.
Here’s the rumoured cast list:
Vin Diesel as Shao Khan
Megan Fox as Kitana
Robin Shou as Shang Tsung
- Luke Owen
Warner Bros., Sound Brewery and Global Beverage Traders are pleased to announce a series of beers based on the massively popular video game Mortal Kombat X, which was released to consumers in 2015. This all-new beer series boasts bold flavors aimed to match the intensity and excitement of Mortal Kombat X. This new series of beers inspired by Mortal Kombat X is a limited release and available for shipping in 22oz single serve bottles (12/22 oz case).
Consisting of a "Scorpion" Imperial Stout with chilies and vanilla bean; "Sub-Zero" Imperial Ipa the perfect mixture of hops and malt; and "Raiden" Imperial Saison a Belgian style ale that gives you an electrifying blast of hops and CO2. The Sub-Zero Imperial Ipa is refreshingly cooling on a warm day, an Imperial India Pale Ale that's not all about the hops or the malt but is a whole lot of both fighting it out for your palate's supremacy. »
17 items from 2016
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