The long-awaited, long discussed Mortal Kombat reboot has finally landed a director. This is welcome news to some fans of the series who want to wipe away memories of a certain dismal sequel.
Simon McQuoid will helm the movie reboot of the popular video game franchise. McQuoid may not register with a lot of people, but you have probably seen his work before. He is known for campaigns for Playstation, Beats By Dre, and Halo. He also has several awards for his work and is one of the most highly sought after commercial directors.
The beginning of a franchise
The Mortal Kombat franchise started in 1992 as an arcade only game. Developed by Ed Boon and John Tobias, the popular video game caused quite a stir with its over the top violence. It was even partly responsible for the ESRB and the video game rating system. Despite the backlash, the game became a huge hit and spawned several sequels. Mortal Kombat, the 2011 video game reboot, released to worldwide success. The reboot follows an alternate timeline from the original game. The sequel, Mortal Kombat X, released in 2015 and continues the story with new characters.
The original movie, directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, released in 1995 and grossed $70 million in the domestic box office. The movie loosely follows the events of the original video game. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation was released in 1997 and grossed only $35 million in the US. A web series, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, hit the web in 2010 and stirred up original rumors of a possible movie reboot. With news of a director in place, the rumors now seem to be true.
I’m sure there are many out there who have doubts about a commercial director. However, history shows that taking chances on someone without the big time experience can pay off. Need an example? Tim Miller scored big time with his directorial debut Deadpool. Everyone was skeptical of a special effects guy directing a high profile movie. 20th Century Fox took a huge chance with Miller. As a result, Deadpool became a massive success. More importantly, the movie cemented Tim Miller as a bonafide movie director. Sometimes the answers are not always the obvious ones. Maybe movie studios are learning from the success of Deadpool and are willing to take chances.
Sounds off, geeks! Are you ready for a Mortal Kombat reboot?