In 1992 one game took over the lives of every male between the ages 13 and 30 – Mortal Kombat. With (what was at the time) state-of-art graphics, sweet fighting moves and loads of violence and gore, Mortal Kombat would consume your time and your quarters. Of course, Hollywood attempted to cash in on the popularity of the game with a decent Mortal Kombat movie in 1995, a very bad sequel in 1997 and a mildly entertaining TV show in 1998.
While hardcore gamers have been excited at the notion of a third Mortal Kombat film for years, their hopes were in vain as the project was stalled by various obstacles. Then last year a silver lining appeared in the dark cloud in the form of a new and unexpectedly awesome viral short film released on the web by director Kevin Tancharoen called Mortal Kombat: Rebirth.
The video was Tancharoen’s viral attempt to grab a directing job from Warner Bros. – and it worked because WB has indeed hired him to write and direct ten more short films for the Mortal Kombat franchise.
According to our friends at Bloody Disgusting, Kevin Tancharoen will work with Todd and Aaron Helbing to write the script for the ten episode web series and filming is expected to begin shortly. Twitch is reporting that fans will be able to watch the first episode this upcoming April - which is the same time the new video game releases.
Besides the return of Reptile, Jax, Sonya and Scorpion, fans can expect to see the other following Mortal Kombat characters:
- Shang Tsung
- Liu Kang
- Sub Zero
- Kung Lao.
Michael Jai White (Spawn), Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager) and Ian Anthony Dale (The Event) will return as Jackson “Jax” Briggs, Sonya Blade and the ninja assassin Scorpion. There is no word yet if Richard Dorton and Lateef Crowder (Tekken) will reprise their roles as Reptile and Baraka, but fight choreographer Larnell Stovall will return for the project. There are rumors of some well-known MMA fighters joining the project but names have yet to be officially announced.
The ten Mortal Kombat short films will build a story arc that will be used in the Mortal Kombat reboot film supposedly releasing in 2012. Though the release date of the film is not confirmed by WB it makes sense and with the time and money being invested there is a good chance that fans of the game won’t be teased this time. Hopefully WB will allow Tancharoen to continue his work as the director for the reboot film.
If you haven’t had a chance to watch the dark and gritty viral sensation Mortal Kombat: Rebirth then check it out HERE. It should give you a good idea of what to expect from the upcoming series and new feature film.
Mortal Kombat: Rebirth web-series drops April 2011.
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