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We previously brought you the news of a new installment in the Mortal Kombat franchise, but it looks like a road block in court may put everything on hold.
Mortal Kombat was sold to Warner Bros. last June when they bought Midway Games. Larry Kasanoff of Threshold Entertainment and one of the producers on the previous Kombat films, had in the past sued Midway to retain the franchise rights, and now he’s filed a new breach of contract lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming the company has a deal to develop the third Mortal Kombat movie. He further claims that Warner Brothers "has avoided communicating with Threshold and has in bad faith prevented Threshold from utilizing the interest they have” in the franchise.
THR says this latest lawsuit revolves around information gained by Threshold that Warner Brothers is developing a new Mortal Kombat with Oren Uziel attached as screenwriter. Threshold feared it was not included in the development and therefore seeks compensatory and punitive damages.
The complaint, filed by Peter Bierne of Rosemead, Calif, doesn't specifically seek an injunction barring Warner Brothers development of the new film but Threshold is looking for a repossession of property rights. Warner Brothers is not commenting on the issue.
The main question here is why do we care? While Mortal Kombat once had a strong following, those days are long gone and the video game world has moved on to bigger and better things like Halo or Medal of Honor. What audience are they shooting for? All of this back and fourth in court seems like wasted energy on a project that’s not going to excite anyone.