Seeing how the 1995 Mortal Kombat was based on a video game series notorious for its graphic, parent-spooking violence, it’s understandable that the oft-ridiculed adaptation received criticism for its paltry PG-13 violence, among many other issues. In that sense, it’s probably a good omen that the planned reboot is being produced by James Wan, since we get the impression that the creator of the Saw franchise won’t be too shy about piling on the gore.
The bad news, however, is that there may still be a long wait ahead for a film that we’ve already been waiting years for Wan to start working on. That’s because the director of Furious 7 and The Conjuring took to Twitter this week to dispel any recent rumors of things pushing forward with the production, saying:
“Please don’t be so easily baited by faux information. Good & bad news: nothing is happening yet. Literally. Still in early development. Anyone who tells you the movie is location scouting or casting is trolling you.”
Wan’s statement comes on the heels of another Tweet from producer Todd Garner, who made the similar claim that “nothing is happening with the movie at this time, so all news is premature.” As frustrating as this may be for fans to hear, you can’t say that Wan didn’t warn you, with the producer stressing back in 2016 that this would not be a rushed job.
“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.”
While it’ll probably be quite some time before we find out if Wan and his Atomic Monster production company have done justice to the source material, the 1995 Mortal Kombat and its widely panned sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation haven’t exactly set the bar high for the team, except in the field of insanely catchy theme songs. In the meantime, Wan’s take on Aquaman will be hitting theaters on December 21st.