We recently had the opportunity to interview the Mortal Kombat: Legacy web-anthology director Kevin Tancharoen, and original game creator Ed Boon, at the Los Angeles press day for the launch of Legacy.
We spoke with the director about the storyline and tone of the web series, and Boon about the upcoming Mortal Kombat video game (now in stores), and pondered the possibility of a Mortal Kombat feature film reboot with both men.
Tancharoen used his original trailer/pitch Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, to propose a grittier and more contemporized version of the franchise to Warner Bros., in the hopes that it would lead him to the director's chair on the next Mortal Kombat movie. Warner Bros. greenlit the web series, ostensibly, to test the waters of audience interest in Tancharoen's take on the franchise.
In our interview, the director states unreservedly that the series will have to do "very well" online in order for the studio to seriously consider the film. As to that, the the first Mortal Kombat: Legacy episode was released last week and has already received over 5 million views. The second episode has now debuted (see it HERE), and is already racking up views.
A new Mortal Kombat feature film is still little more than rumor, conjecture and speculation at present; Warner Bros. has, however, announced plans to release Mortal Kombat: Legacy on both DVD and television, presumably due to the success of the web series' first episode.
Tancharoen and Boon are very much in sync when it comes to their hopes for a feature and say they talk about the prospect "all the time."
Take a look at the full video interviews below, in which the director and creator discuss how Tancharoen approached the mystical aspect of the franchise in the web series (YES the web series will retain the mystical elements), the expanded story in the game, and their mutual hopes for the future.
Kevin Tancharoen Interview:
Ed Boon Interview:
Make sure to check out our interview with Mortal Kombat: Legacy stars Jeri Ryan (Sonya Blade) and Michael Jai White (Jax) by going HERE. Stay tuned for new episodes of the web series every Tuesday.