It seems like that Mortal Kombat reboot may not be happening be happening anytime soon, according to producer and Aquaman director James Wan.
After several rumors about the film surfaced in July, Wan was quick to shoot them down and said that the film was slowly going through early development.
At an Aquaman press junket, he told Heroic Hollywood that project still faced several significant hurtles.
“That has been such a tricky one just trying to get the script to a point," he said. "People don’t know this, fans don’t understand this, but there’s just so much on the business side of things… to try and get the right budget for it, and we want to make sure we have enough resources and the budget to do the film right."
"If I can’t get the right resources and find the right filmmaker for it, I don’t want to do it," Wan added."And I’m so busy already. I don’t need to clutter my plate with more stuff if I don’t believe it can be done right.”
Wan has been attached to the Mortal Kombat reboot since 2016, with Australian director Simon McQuoid in talks to helm the project. The popular 1990s ultra-violent fighting game has undergone a revamp over the last few years with the release of 2011's Mortal Kombat, which rebooted the video game's timeline, and it's 2015 follow-up, Mortal Kombat X. Fans have been waiting for the property to come back to screens since 1995's Mortal Kombat and 1997's Mortal Kombat: Annihilation hit theaters.
With Wan having focused on Aquaman, and his Conjuring Universe in full swing, it remains to be seen if he'll remain attached to the reboot, and if it will actually happen.
Production on New Line Cinema’s Mortal Kombat reboot does not have an official start or release date.
James Wan's next film, Aquaman, stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Temuera Morrison as Thomas Curry, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, and Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna. The film opens on Dec. 21.