‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy’ DVD & TV Plans; New Image of Baraka

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 12:10 pm,

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Director Kevin Tancharoen created the short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth with the intention of showing Warner Bros. how their dormant film franchise could be successfully re-imagined. The eight-minute clip unexpectedly became a viral sensation that many believed was a trailer for a new video game or movie. Tancharoen may not have landed the feature film deal he was originally hoping for, but his ambition did lead to the studio hiring him to develop the web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy.

The first of nine episodes premiered earlier this week and cemented the fact that unlike Rebirth‘s revisionist take on the Mortal Kombat mythology, the web series would adhere closely to the established cornerstones of the series. Tancharoen co-wrote each episode with Aaron Helbing & Todd Helbing (Spartacus: Blood & Sand) and will use the series to explore the back stories of characters like Sonya Blade (Jeri Ryan), Jax (Michael Jai White), Johnny Cage (Matt Mullins), Sub-Zero (Kevan Ohtsji) and many more.

The premiere of Mortal Kombat: Legacy was designed to coincide with the April 19th release of the new Mortal Kombat video game, but will it pave the way for Tancharoen’s vision to expand into other mediums? He’s eluded to the possibility of a second season centered around the characters of Liu Kang and Kung Lao – but at the end of the day, a new Mortal Kombat movie was always Tancharoen’s primary goal.

The success of the web series will obviously be the most significant determining factor when it comes to the possibility of branching out into other formats, but Warner Premiere’s general manager Eva Semple David told The New York Times that plans are already underway to bring Mortal Kombat: Legacy to DVD and television:

“We’re launching this production online now in conjunction with the new Mortal Kombat game, but we want to make this series available on DVD and potentially television.”

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As for a new feature film, Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon was extremely impressed with Rebirth and strongly believes that Tancharoen should have first dibs on the project. According to Tancharoen however, that opportunity has yet to present itself:

“We still haven’t gotten the green light to do a full movie, so we still have work to do.”

There’s no doubt in my mind that discussions about a new Mortal Kombat film have taken place and that Tancharoen’s name is in the mix, but it makes sense that Warner Bros. is waiting to see what kind of response Legacy gets from fans before making any concrete plans. I believe that it’s only a matter of time before we see Mortal Kombat back on the big screen, but for the time being, I’m just incredibly excited about what this series could potentially mean for the future of web-based content.

The New York Times article also includes the first clear shot of Baraka, confirming that the tease we received last month was the real deal. It’s a bit of a departure from the way the character has been presented in the games, but it’s certainly a lot closer to the original design than Rebirth‘s interpretation. Check it out:

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To me, this guy wouldn’t look out of place running alongside the Orcs from The Lord of the Rings trilogy – but it’s possible that viewing him within the context of the episode could make a huge difference. I think anyone who goes into Mortal Kombat: Legacy expecting production values that are on par with a feature film is going to be severely disappointed. All things considered, I think the cast & crew have been doing an admirable job with the resources that they have available to them.

Part of me still wants to see the universe that Tancharoen introduced in Rebirth expanded upon, but I realize that was probably too bold a departure from the source material for most fans. He obviously had a very specific vision mapped out and as much as we all want a Mortal Kombat mythos that we recognize – I just can’t help but be a little curious about what Tancharoen would have done with fewer creative constraints.

Be sure to check out the next episode of Mortal Kombat: Legacy this Tuesday.

Source: The New York Times

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  1. This should look badass considering this is just a web-series base. On the other hand converting into television series is just another cash cow ideas from Hollywood.

  2. I’m a bit disappointed they didn’t keep the dagger teeth and the bald head like this; http://features.cgsociety.org/newgallerycrits/g70/357570/357570_1229828713_large.jpg but I would MUCH rather have this than the alteration fetishist that was in rebirth.

    It also appears as if the arm swords are strapped to him instead of extending out of his forearms. I freely admit the original design wasn’t very feasible so this works and is probably better suited to the overall style.

    I also hope if this does make it to the big screen it will follow this plot and cast however and not that of Rebirth. I just don’t see Rebirth as being all that exciting to watch for 2 hrs.

    • Dude the director already explained why things were the way they were in Rebirth, which was mostly due to the fact that he paid out of pocket with his own money which made for a super small budget & pure volunteer work. But I gotta say if ya look at the one from Rebirth he did look a lot like the one from the game just get rid of the dreads, piercings, and street clothes & make the blades look like the ones from the games and it was a perfect fit……….This one on the other hand just reminds me of a SiFi channel version of an Ork from Lord of The Rings or something out of Harry Potter.

  3. Baraka looks more like a Orc from LOTR

  4. what the heck is that? i had hopes for this but after seeing “baraka”…not so much

  5. I was very exited after hearing of this project, but after seeing the first episode….its nct Mortal kombat….

  6. I watched the firsy episode of MKL and was pleasantly surprised but as for a big screen adaptation I’m not so sure due to the last two pieces of sh*t that came from this franchise. Doing a movie would come with more to lose, so that guarantees more butting in on the studio’s part and less creative freedom for Tancharoen. That being said I would f***ing love for them to do another Mortal Kombat movie and, and get it right tjis time,I mean they have a whole list of characters to work with

  7. Baraka looks terrible!

  8. i like the version from the short much more then this, this one doesn’t look that much like the one from the games, but i think there might be a scene of him fully transforming into the one from the games (sharp teeth, bald with weird eyes etc).

    as for his plan for a 2nd season i say wait for the critics/fans to decide (by looking at views and comment where ever the show is posted) that way both kev and WB will get a good idea if a movie should be made or not.

  9. i think if they did the whole lord of the rings type take on it and bring the modern world into it at the begining like the first film was done then it could be really good trilogy, but they have to have to make a great story, and not cram so many characters into every scene just for a fight it could be great. just make a great story.

  10. Dear God…Baraka looks like the love child of the Wishmaster and the Leprechaun. I kinda enjoyed the first episode. I hope they can make whatever that thing is that ate Baraka work.

  11. WHAT THE HELL MAN!?!?! I was so pumped for this series and now you are telling me Baraka is a troll? What. The. Hell. Won’t be long till Gandalf turns into Raiden.

    They should have stuck with the theme they had going on in the Rebirth trailer, that was simply amazing and actually believable to a certain extent.

  12. This is crap. This is not Baraka. This is not Mortal Kombat. First episode sucked. Just quit now.

    • or you could just go back to your magical world of garbage (AKA 90′s version mortal kombat). grow up and learn to accept change/something different, it certainly wont hurt you or the other whiny little nostalgic school girls.

      • Or you can stfu when other people have an opinion? Who the hell said I liked the 90′s films? I like the games. This and the movies are garbage. Last I checked personal attacks like that aren’t tolerated around here. Anyone who does resort to insults when someone’s opinion differs from their own just shows they’re the one that needs to “grow up” and quit being an internet tough guy.

        • ahh the good old ‘its an opinion so lay off’ bs. if you want people to take your ‘opinion’ seriously, you should elaborate said reasons for thinking as certain way about something (in this case the tv series) then maybe we can discuss things like adults (assuming you are one).

          crying about ‘personal attacks’ is another way of saying ‘i want attention’ grow up and start acting like you want people to take you seriously. i’m just calling it like it is and as far as i can see you’re just grumpy b/c something is different/has been altered b/c majority of people liked what they saw (MK: rebirth).

          • Why do you care so badly? I just made a rant on screenrant and said my peace. I’m not here to change the world’s opinions about something through ONE comment. It’s funny you say you want to discuss things like adults when you begin an attempt at a discussion with insults and presumptions. Which in oing that is actually attempting to start an argument.

            I’m sorry you had a hard-on for amateur work, bad direction and crappy premise. Sorry that you’re getting grumpy by ONE person’s opinion. Your ridiculous interpretation of my previous comment puts you in the under 25 age and I frankly won’t bother arguing with you since I wasn’t looking for an argument. In the future, approach people in civilized way and learn some tolerance.

          • jwalka,

            I’m sorry but you were out of line first and Ori is right. “Grow up” and “whiney little school girls”? You should know better than that as a long time reader. He’s not “crying” about personal attacks, he’s pointing out you made one.

            I’m disappointed.


            • @ vic
              just like most the other regulars of this site, i’m all open for CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM, which isn’t what this guys been doing, he just stated what he hated and left, he didn’t elaborate on his opinion.

              one thing i hate is people just leaving a comment without explaining the reason behind their thoughts. the other thing i hate is people complaining just for the sake of it.
              it really wouldn’t hurt people to elaborate a little others get a good idea as to why someone feels/thinks a certain way about something.

        • Actually he is short of right your scared of change.

    • I’m giving it a couple more episodes till I fully decide if Legacy sucks. Just wait it out and see what they do with it.

      • i’m personally liking it so far. they have the martial arts, the relationship between chars (jax and sonya wanting kano dead, scorpion and sub zero hating each other (and the origin of relationships) etc).

        2 things i really hated about the 1st ep was its run time (i’m assuming the rest will go for the same duration) and that weird pulse rifle thing (the gun is real but not that energy bs).

        if the webisodes are a tie in to the game then its ok, but if he’s leading up to rebirth then that’s not good, its like kicking the whole ‘MK is realistic now’ thing in the jewels and ruining its beauty.

  13. I know one thing the first episode didn’t have any kombat it had a ton of gun play but no kombat, so if they want mortal kmobat there actually has to be some fighting. and no the 3 second hair pull session does not count.

    • ‘hair pull session’ did you even pay any attention to the fight in the 1st episode, or did you just run away in tears b/c it wasn’t spot on to your expectations ?

      if you watch the trailer for the series (it came out a day or so before the 1st episode) you’ll see that there are plenty of fights throughout the series. jax and sonya are COPS, gun play is expected, if anything jax shouldn’t have been such a good fighter and instead only chased kano and shot at him.

  14. WISH MASTER!! lmaooooooooooooo

    zack snyder do mortal kombat!!!!

  15. way to let me down on baraka MKL …if baraka looks like a bleeping orc, id hate to see what reptile will look like haha but im still liking it so far. honestly, Warner Bros. should let kevin do what he wants… idk if Warner Bros knew this but MK isnt a shooter game, yet there were more guns used than fists! Screw it though, im waiting for ep. 2 and MK9 with kratos…MK FTW!

  16. I suggest they hire actors willing to learn martial arts, not martial artists trying too hard to act.

  17. I think Baraka looks fine. I can see why they changed the mouth. How could the actor talk if he had giant Tarakatan teeth taking up half his face.

    • ……you do know that Baraka never talks much right…..& when he does it’s more like the Hulk does…..like I kill you, or you die now……other wise it’s just grunts and roars

      • True. But he still says things that, if he were real, would be impossible for him to say since he doesn’t have any lips (and if he did, they wouldn’t be able to touch anyway.) Like in the real world, he wouldn’t be able to say his own name.

  18. That is a shame that it’s turning out to be a retelling of a retelling of the story rather than a reboot. Taking the MK characters into the real world was what made his original pitch interesting. Otherwise, I’m sick of hearing the origin stories yet again. Since every character introduced after MKII was unlikeable, a reboot is really the only way to avoid monotony.

  19. I’ve been looking forward to this series since I saw the trailer/pilot last year. I too wish that the episodes were a little longer but at the same time I understand the need to budget and keep the online buzz up. I look forward to seeing more of the original characters and how they fit into this MK world.

  20. I only care about 3 things. Sub-Zero tons of death and a good storyline and so far im lovin the start cant wait for the next episode. I did like rebirth but you guys crushed my bro by having Cage die so soon.

  21. The first episode wasent good but the others was good specially the episode of scorpion and sub_zero.

  22. the last 3 episodes where epic and the effects on cyrax sektor was epic very well done hope for a second series :)

  23. I’m so ready for it to come out.mortal kombat has a hug fan base so I really don’t know why there waiting release it. Give ur fans what they won’t which is mortal kombat because if you wait to late you may not have many fans since yall already got our hopes up an from the looks of it yall is going to let us down by not releasing mortal kombat