New Line‘s Mortal Kombat movie project has lost its helmer. Kevin Tancharoen, who just about single-handedly jumpstarted interest in the martial arts video game-turned-live-action film property with his 2011 Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series, Tweeted his departure from the feature project Friday: “After 3 years of Kombat, I’ve decided to move on to other creative opportunities. I wish everyone involved in the movie big success,” he wrote. Tancharoen’s history with Mortal Kombat goes back to 2010, when he created a popular – and unsanctioned – live action pitch short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth . That got him WB’s greenlight to do a full web series, the first episode of which has over 20M views on YouTube, and his subsequent reboot feature deal. Outside of his Mortal Kombat projects Tancharoen directed MGM’s Fame reboot and Glee: The 3D Concert Movie.
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