Mortal Kombat Web Series Will Premiere on April 12th

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 12:09 pm,

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After a steady batch of Mortal Kombat casting news and set photos, word on the highly-anticipated web series had, for the most part, quieted down – as director Kevin Tancharoen prepared to unleash the series in conjunction with the upcoming Mortal Kombat video game.

The game, which takes the franchise back to its 2D roots (with updated 3D graphics, of course), will be released on April 19th – and now we’re getting word that Tancharoen’s live-action Mortal Kombat web series will premiere one week prior on April 12th.

Tancharoen confirmed the news through his Twitter account – pointing to a Hadoken.net article that reported the first episode of the web series would debut on the Machinima YouTube channel – following a “Mortal Kombat Live Gameplay Exclusive.”

According to Machinima:

Watch our Machinima Live Stream from 12pm – 4pm on Tuesday, April 12th. We will play Mortal Kombat exclusively with Sark, Hutch, and show Director Kevin Tancharoen. Additionally, special guest actors from the show will show off their gaming skills at the Machinima headquarters.

Stick around until 4 p.m. PST on the stream, and we’ll premiere the first episode of the Mortal Kombat series. See you then!

The timeframe does make sense – as Warner Bros. will undoubtedly want as much buzz leading up to the game’s release as possible.

While many movie and TV fans are certainly looking forward to the web series, it’s the game that’s going to bring in the big bucks for Warner Bros. (through Warner Bros. Interactive) – as Mortal Kombat should be able to sell around 2 million copies, without too much trouble, in its first month on retail shelves. As a result, it makes sense that the web series is being used to build anticipation for the game. That said, the web series could certainly offer-up a large pay-out down the road – by paving the way for a new feature film.

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Details on the web series are still under tight wraps – but expect Tancharoen’s directing to balance the “gritty” world of his Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short film with the larger fantasy elements of the franchise. We’ll keep you posted as we hear further official details regarding Machinima’s Mortal Kombat web series premiere.

Follow us on Twitter @benkendrick and @screenrant and let us know what you’re hoping to see in Tancharoen’s web series.

Mortal Kombat is currently shooting in Vancouver and is expected to premier in April.

Source: Kevin Tancharoen

TAGS: mortal kombat, mortal kombat legacy

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  1. Well I will be there to check this out. Kevin Tancharoen simply impressed me with the Mortal Kombat: Rebirth trailer. I know he is moving from his more reality based take on the franchise to add more of the original fantansy roots to it. Hey, you got to start from somewhere. Hopefully, this works out for him.

  2. I have nothing but faith in this. He’s very passionate and careful with the franchise. I’m a fan of Rebirth, and I know he can deliver with the mini series. I’m also happy that Baraka is even more faithful to the game’s roots. I’ll be watching as it debuts.

  3. As long as Johnny Cage makes it past the 1st episode…am in

  4. Looking forward to this, glad to see that it will be out nxt tuesday

  5. Looking forward to this! . . . As long as Baraka looks nothing like he does in the Rebirth short film.

    • They only had a budget of $7500 for the Rebirth short… KT put up all the money himself… Now that WB paid for these web series.. they had an unlimited budget to work with… if you’ve seen pictures he leaked of the new Baraka it looks identical to the one in the second movie from 97′… almost like an exact replica of the video game character from the 90s games…

  6. COOL!

  7. /looks at watch…..is it the 12th yet??? 0.o

    Come on, we know its done so someone go find an early release of it already!

  8. wait so the tv series is a tie in to the game ?
    if that’s the case then i’m all good for magic and creatures etc, so long as he makes the movie alot like the short.

  9. @Jwaika: But here’s the thing is origins’ series will basically be a prelude for a movie which means that the fantasy and stuff that will be in this would be In the movie as well if it gets one.

    The episode about Jax,Sonya, and Kano will be the most like the short film but only in the sense of being a gritty crime drama according to the producer Tim Carter.

    So basically the events of the human world will have a gritty realistic atmosphere and the events in the otherworlds will be dark but more fantastical and not humanizing preexisting fantasy characters.

  10. Just checking in….is it the 12th yet??! ><

    • i think it will be awesome. the fight choreographer is the one that made fight scenes in undisputed 2 AND 3, i have never seen better fights than those in any movie.

      please don’t disappoint me :)

  11. “GET OVER HERE!” ~Scorpion

  12. Loved Rebirth. Loved the demo for the new game on PSN+. Can’t wait for both. Count me in.

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