Warner Bros planning Mortal Kombat reboot

Video game is reportedly making a return to the big screen following online series

Hollywood studio Warner Bros. has confirmed that it is planning to reboot 'Mortal Kombat'.

The video game, which was made into a film starring Christopher Lambert and Robin Shou in 1995, has both a budget and a director, according to Warner executive Lance Sloan.

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“We're preparing right now for the film with Kevin Tancharoen, [who] directed the digital series for us,” Sloan told the WorstPreviews site. “He's at the helm of the forty, fifty million dollar film.”

The digital series was called 'Mortal Kombat: Legacy', and was released through YouTube in 2011, directed by Tancharoen, who has previously shot the likes of 2009's 'Fame' remake and the 'Glee: 3D Concert Movie'.

The original game emerged in 1992 as a foil to Capcom's 'Street Fighter', and was famed for its often gory 'finishing moves', in which players could violently despatch their enemies.

The excessive violence in the game played a role in the establishment of the Entertainment Software Rating Board in the US.

The original film version was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, who has since become a go-to helmsman for game adaptation films, notably the 'Resident Evil' series.

A second film, 'Mortal Kombat: Annihilation' followed in 1997, but was less successful than the first, receiving a critical mauling.