Filmmaker still game for Mortal Kombat

mink also directing a film based on comic book “13 Chambers”

Moviehole caught up with Christopher ‘mink’ Morrison, director of the forthcoming “Mortal Kombat 3” (or whatever they end up calling it; I believe it’s more of a remake than anything so it’s just as likely they’ll call it simply “Mortal Kombat”), about where the project is currently at.

Unfortunately, it’s still a little while off fans – but mink assures us it’s still on the drawing board.

“Mortal Kombat is still in the money stage”, says the filmmaker. “As I have said in the past inquires independent films need to be financed before you start making money based creative decisions and as you may have noticed the economy in general is a little sluggish at the moment especially in Hollywood. Indy investors are more cautious at this particular time then recently so it takes longer than ever. MK more than likely will be an Indy film. The film’s projected budget will be between 50& 60 mill so it is a bit more tricky than just running down to the ATM or writing a cashiers check(maybe one of those Jumbo checks like Publisher Clearing House winners). Currently Threshold is working out the financing through a studio and or equity situation. This will take as long as needs to take. I know the frustration this causes the awesome MK fans but that’s the fact Jack….”

mink, whose other credits include the Steven Seagal vehicle “Into the Sun”, says he’s spoken to some of the original cast members from the previous two films about possibly reprising their roles – but hasn’t committed to anyone.

“In regards to the casting, the director traditionally has a say in any ideas and suggests who she or he feels is best. But again in this situation MK3 is a work for hire under Threshold (who are the creatives on most of the non MK game products)and they have final say along with Midway as far as the cast goes. So they will make that call. In regards to the past cast they and myself have met with a lot of the previous cast and they are all in the mix but as the money must come first so casting is a still a few steps away. So for now efforts are best spent on the non money creative for someone like myself in regards to visual style, locations, photography style and concept art ideas. So while we wait for the green light as they say I am prepping and developing my movie 13 Chambers with Lawrence Bender Productions.”

“13 Chambers” is based on a comic book penned by mink. After Abraham Lincoln’s death, one of President Jackson’s first orders was to disband the 13 Marshals; a secret group of lawmen operating with complete federal authority. Set in a fantasy 1860’s, 13 CHAMBERS is the story of the 13th Marshal and his Presidential mission to retrieve all 13 Territory Peace Keeper pistols and return them to Washington D.C. for retirement. All is well until he reaches a small town in four corners where an insane mining baron named YORK has killed the 12th Marshal and stolen his pistol. The 13th Marshal must get the pistol back at all costs and bring York to justice…or die trying.

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