Fire and Ice

Mortal Kombat is officially hopping on the ‘reboot’ bandwagon as New Line Cinema has greenlit a film series based on the lovable video game franchise.  Kevin Tancharoen has been hired to direct the series, after having directed the viral video sensation Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, and the web series that followed it.  The viral video was bankrolled by Tanchareon with the specific goal of enticing a studio to hop on board and green light a film.  Looks like it worked!  Given such frightfully delightful movie nerd news let’s take a look at Mortal Kombat’s most coveted ninja rivalry.  While Scorpion and Sub-Zero started off as pretty much two ninjas wearing differently colored pajamas, their relationship has since evolved into a bitter martial arts rivalry between fire and ice.  To me such a rivalry is that of Artisan vs. Guardian: Tactics vs. Logistics, Cooperative vs. Utilitarian, Virtuoso vs. Executive, Authority vs. Impulse, Sanguine vs. Melancholic, Frost vs. Flame.  Given Tancharoen’s pitch video, it seems the film series will likely focus on said rivalry between Scorpion and Sub-Zero.  Tancharoen plans on giving Mortal Kombat the Nolan treatment, looking for a grittier, more realistic take on the fan-favorite video game franchise.  Given the pitch video, and a now much larger budget, looks like he’s on the right track.

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