Remakes and reboots are, unfortunately, an inevitability nowadays in both the film and TV industries, usually resulting in failure to achieve the success of the original, and video game movies get an even worse rap. Prime examples including The Fantastic FourHitman: Agent 47 and Doom.
News of a Mortal Kombat film reboot has been in the headlines for some months now, with the latest headline announcing James Wan as a main producer on the latest installment. But news has since flown under the radar as to what's next for the movie. There's literally no news.
The first Kombat may not have been a critical success with critics or audiences, but it was a box office success, earning a global total of $122 million on an $18 million budget. With the major success of the recent Mortal Kombat X (check the trailer above) game, a film reboot doesn't sound like the worst idea. But recasting roles is never easy, so here are my top choices for the next entry in the fighting game's adaptations.
1. Jackie Chan - Raiden
One of my biggest issues with the original film to me was the semi-whitewashed decision to have Christopher Lambert play the role of Earth's protector, in which he did a subpar job.
Being that the character is seen as the elder mentor, an actor with some life experience is needed, but still have good fighting skills, and who better than America's favorite martial artist, Jackie Chan. Though the actor announced he would be performing in fewer action roles, he still would be the perfect fit for the role of Raiden, delivering all the warmth and strength of a mentor and a protector.
2. Tony Jaa - Liu Kang
In keeping with a fair casting, as well as being properly suited for the role, the casting directors should aim their sights toward Tony Jaa for casting. Ironically, Jaa has participated in the Kombat film franchise before, acting as original Kang, Robin Shou's stunt double for the sequel Annihilation.
Jaa has recently been making a splash in the American market, co-starring in films such as Skin Trade, Furious 7 and the long-awaited xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. As he continues to build his name for the American market, the more audiences will want to see him as the protagonist, Liu Kang.
3. Taylor Kitsch - Johnny Cage
Now, Linden Ashby is one of the toughest original actors to replace, as he got the look down pretty well, but his performance as the narcissistic, egotistical and wise-cracking Johnny Cage was on point with the video game personality. However, one of the more modern actors that could don the sunglasses and blonde hair well is the struggling Taylor Kitsch.
Now, Kitsch may be getting roles in some big-name stuff, like True Detective, Lone Survivor and John Carter, but, unfortunately for him, his season of True Detective did not see nearly as much success as the first in terms of reviews or ratings, and John Carter was considered a big disappointment. But if the Kombat reboot is done right, and Kitsch gets the chance to show his witty side, he could start heading back in the right direction.
4. Rick Yune - Shang Tsung
Yune is an actor synonymous with the villain role, and he could use this talent for the role of the maniacal Shang Tsung. Yune is known for playing villains in such films as The Fast and the Furious, Die Another Day and Olympus Has Fallen, and could continue this strength of his evil nature as the menacing demon sorcerer.
5. Chloe Grace Moretz - Sonya Blade
The 19-year-old actress has already made a name for herself in action movies since her first major role of Hit-Girl in the 2010 comic book film, Kick-Ass. She has proven that she has the martial arts skills to portray the role of Sonya Blade, and for the most part has the look down.
Plus, with her involvement in feminism and opposition to the overly-sexualized characters, Moretz could bring some grounded reality to the role of Blade, and help her move past the "busty blonde special forces agent" that the character has known to be throughout the franchise's history.
6. James Wan - Director
He may have put his name on the list of producers to back the project, and also may be busy with the latest Aquaman adaptation, but after showing some incredible talent for directing action films with Furious 7, James Wan is the perfect candidate to replace Paul W.S. Anderson as the director for the upcoming reboot.
Wan knows how to put audiences into the action well, and knows how to film fight sequences to deliver every hard-hitting punch believably, proving that there is no one else better to direct than him.