John Wick Out of Reach for ‘Mortal Kombat’ Movie Rights
The road to a Mortal Kombat movie adaptation continues to face many obstacles. John Wick director, Chad Stahelski, recently revealed that he is a fan of the franchise but the studio’s discussions have been fruitless.
It appears that current production companies for the Mortal Kombat film have not been able to come to an agreement on a budget or creative direction. Stahelski, who was previously eyed to direct the movie, stated that scheduling, budget and other creative differences all played a role in why negotiations with the studio on the film never worked out.
The pursuit of landing the rights for Mortal Kombat is not likely to stop as the studio is reportedly still interested in bringing the classic video game to the big screen. However, it seems that Stahelski is out of the running with the studio unable to come to a consensus.
Moving ahead with the film without Chad Stahelski could severely hurt the production as his skill and knowledge of various fight choreography could have been a major asset to the movie. His success on the John Wick franchise is undeniable, as the films have earned high ratings across the board, as well as critical and commercial success in the box office.
Unfortunately, fans of the video game franchise will likely have to continue to wait before a Mortal Kombat movie will make its premiere. With the studio expecting competing scripts and studios vying for the rights, a possible movie could still be far down the line. Regardless of when it arrives, Stahelski and the John Wick movies have proven that there is still a market for action films and combat-fueled thrillers.