20 years ago Mortal Kombat bucked the trend of box office failures for video game adaptations. Now, The Hollywood Reporter takes a look back with producer Larry Kasanoff and other key members of the team:
The guys at Midway showed Larry Kasanoff Mortal Kombat,
a new game they said would beat his record. It was bloody,
hyper-realistic and already a sensation at the arcade. But Kasanoff believed it
was destined to be more than just a video game. He envisioned it as a
phenomenon on the order of T2. He saw a TV series, stage shows, albums
and movies all in its future.
Midway wasn't so sure...
Kasanoff: Everyone was telling me this wouldn't
work and my career would be over. Including New Line. They'd already
greenlighted the movie, and the studio head walked in with the script, threw it
down on the table and said, "I hate the script. I hate this movie."
And he yelled at us for an hour and then said, "Go ahead and make