Although he was optimistic about the project just last month, choreographer-turned-director Kevin Tancharoen, the man behind the Mortal Kombat reboot webseries, just announced via Twitter that he is no longer involved in bringing the property to the big screen.
“After 3 years of Kombat,” Tancharoen writes, “I’ve decided to move on to other creative opportunities. I wish everyone involved in the movie big success. Thanks!”
Tancharoen’s “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” recently released its second season. The cast includes Harry Shum, Jr. (“Glee”) as the warlord adviser “Kuai Liang,” Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) as martial arts film actor “Johnny Cage,” Brian Tee (The Wolverine) as Shaolin Monk “Liu Kang,” and Mark Dacascos (Cradle 2 the Grave) as “Kung Lao” – a close friend of “Liu Kang.”
Additionally, Ian Anthony Dale (“Hawaii Five-O”) returns as the resurrected ninja “Scorpion,” and Cary Tagawa reprises the role he made famous in the first Mortal Kombat theatrical release as the powerful, arrogant sorcerer “Shang Tsung.” Although Tancharoen hints that the project will move forward without him, no other talent has been named at this time. Check back for details as soon as they become available.