A couple years back Kevin Tancharoen started directing the amazing ‘Mortal Kombat: Rebirt’ short film and the ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy’ web series. It did so well that not only was a season 2 announced with a trailer but that a movie was in development as well. As exciting as the movie sounded, it now looks as if Tancheroen has stepped down from directing the feature film.
According to a recent tweet from the director:
After 3 years of Kombat,I’ve decided to move on to other creative opportunities. I wish everyone involved in the movie big success. Thanks!
— Kevin Tancharoen (@KTANCH) October 25, 2013
So he’s off the film. It was vague and we’re not sure why. Was he tired of working with the characters? Creative differences with the studio? Did the studio not trust him to deal with a $50 million franchise? We really don’t know and might likely never. It’s really a shame because he had brought such an amazing cast to the second season of ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy’ which included Casper Van Dien (‘Starship Troopers’) replacing Matt Mullins as Johnny Cage. Other cast members who appeared in ‘Legacy’ included Brian Tee (‘The Wolverine’) as Liu Kang, Mark Decascos (‘Hawaii Five-O’, ‘Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight’) as Kung Lao and Harry Shum Jr. (‘Glee’) as Kuai Liang. The two biggest names from the first season, Michael Jai White (Jackson ‘Jax’ Briggs) and Jeri Ryan (Sonya Blade) are not returning. Ian Anthony Dale (Scorpion) and Samantha Tjhia (Kitana)” reprised their roles from season one..
What’s more important to ask though is does this mean he’s also off of any future seasons for ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy’? It’s not clear if the two were tied together at the hip, so we’re unsure if he’ll still be directing the webseries or if he really is finished with the franchise completely. The film itself was supposed to be a stand alone experience from ‘Legacy’, so it is unknown how his departure will effect the series.
Are you sad to see a delay in the ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy’? Sad to see the director who made the web series so popular no longer attached to the project? Sound off below!
Source: Screen Rant