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Lawsuit aims to block Mortal Kombat Sale

MK movie man seeks to scupper Midway sale

Production company Threshold Entertainment - responsible for the 90s Mortal Kombat movies - is suing troubled publisher Midway in an attempt to keep its fighting franchise from being sold.

Midway is looking to sell off its business, and Warner Bros. recently made a $33 million bid for most of the publisher.

Threshold's Lawrence Kasanoff however is attempting to block Warner from getting its hands on the famous fighting series, claiming that he owns exclusive rights to make "movies and TV spin-offs" based on MK.

Even bolder, Kasanoff claims he owns copyrights to certain MK characters, which he says Threshold's movies - not Midway's games - turned into recognisable names.

"The Mortal Kombat series, as it stands today, is far more a creation of Threshold and Kasanoff than of Midway," reads the lawsuit. "Midway's creative input was almost entirely limited to the videogames. On their own, the videogames provided only minimal back-story and mythology, and only flat, 'stock' characters.

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"Kasanoff and Threshold were responsible for virtually all of the creative input that went into turning the videogame concept into a multimedia enterprise."

Maybe our memories are a bit faded, but weren't the Mortal Kombat movies (and especially the awful second one) a bit shite?

Thanks, Game Politics.