In a recent interview with Screen Rant, Kevin Tancharoen - the director behind the wildly popular Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series and the upcoming Mortal Kombat feature film reboot - talked about his love for fan-films.
Tancharoen broke onto the scene with his own fan-film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, and we've since seen the trend of fan-films rapidly gain traction - including multiple sleek productions featuring DC or Marvel superheroes. Well, Tancharoen is aware of how fan-films have grown, and is happy that other are finding similar routes to success through their own creativity and vision.
As he explained,
I see a lot of fan films and I just love that the Internet has allowed a lot of creators out there to just go and make something. Like, that Portal short was awesome. I recently saw some Dragon Ball Z short that was great. They made a Naruto short that was awesome. I mean, there’s so many things out there that people are making on their own, and I like to see their take on the franchise because it’s so different from what the studios are developing.
Tancharoen's love of fan films is no surprise, given that his own horror-themed Mortal Kombat fan film (Mortal Kombat: Rebirth) is what gave him the opportunity to make Legacy. But one surprise that Tancharoen did share was the next classic franchise he wants to take on: Power Rangers.
Tancharoen told us that he's "always wanted to get the original cast of Power Rangers back together and do some sort of crazy dark tale of where they are now." He went on to explain what the plot might look like.
Kevin Tancharoen: Zordon is dying and Red Ranger has to go find the Green Ranger, who’s now an MMA fighter, and the Yellow Ranger died in a car accident and they all have to reunite together. You know, just make it as dark as possible. I thought that would be really fun to do.
Screen Rant: That’s brilliant. I think you would set the Internet on fire.
KT: [Laughs] You open up with the Red Ranger doing MMA. I would want to go there and I think it would be a lot of fun.
Though Tancharoen was laughing, he wasn't joking. Of course, whether the busy director will actually find time to bring his dark vision of Power Rangers to life remains to be seen.
Sadly, getting the original cast back together would be impossible:
- Red Ranger Austin St. John - No longer in the Hollywood game.
- Blue Ranger David Yost - Left the series under controversial circumstances.
- Yellow Ranger Thuy Trang - Died in a car crash.
Of course, the Power Rangers brand has a long list of actors who have donned the colored suits and helmets, so there are ways to fill the gaps with some range of authenticity. Update: There is the small issue of a Power Rangers Fan Film already in the works - which also happens to center on Green/White Ranger Tommy. Then again these are fan films we're talking about, so multiple interpretations are allowed. Maybe all forces should combine on this one?
With the second season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy kicking off next week and pre-production in full swing on the Mortal Kombat feature film, Tancharoen has a pretty full plate. That being said, maybe if enough people were excited about the idea, maybe they could convince him to find the time. That is, of course, if you think it's a good idea.
As stated, Mortal Kombat: Legacy II will debut online on September 26, 2013, only on Machinima.