Lots of ‘Mortal Kombat’ Live Action Coming Soon!

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Let’s not kid ourselves; everyone loves Mortal Kombat. A significant percentage of the population began to come to grips with their own mortality and the frailty of the human body by witnessing the brutality and fatalities of Mortal Kombat at a young age. How significant is that percentage? Who knows? Go to ScientistBastards.com for that kind of stuff. This is NerdBastards.com. Mortal Kombat came to us at a time before GTA, a time when the most extreme gaming most parents could imagine was Donkey Kong or Centipede. No spines were torn out and bowels remained securely inside abdomens. Mortal Kombat came along and changed all that, leaving an indelible mark on our hearts. With the Venn diagram of NerdBastards readers falling squarely in the center of Mortal Kombat fans and cinema fans, it’s always big news when we hear about live action adaptations of Mortal Kombat. Different people have differing awareness of Mortal Kombat live action. Some are aware only of the theatrical releases, while others are aware of the wider world of online content. Well, there is huge news today regarding both!

After the abysmal box office performances of both Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Mortal Kombat was driven underground. A YouTube series has thus far produced 2 seasons on Machinima.com‘s channel. Mortal Kombat: Legacy stars Casper Van Dien (Starship Toopers) as Johnny Cage, Mark Dacascos (Iron Chef) as Kung Lao, Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager) as Sonya Blade, and Michael Jai White as Jax. White had been previously offered the role of Jax in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, but turned it down in favor of the titular role in Spawn. He probably broke even there, not really missing out on much either way.

Fans of the series have been waiting for word on season 3 and it seems as thought we finally have it. Tweets from stuntman-turned-director Garrett Warren shed some light on the future of live action Mortal Kombat. Side note: Garrett Warren is worth a Google search on his own. Not only has he performed stunts and coordinated fights on projects like Dexter, Godzilla, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Agents of SHIELD, Lincoln, The Master, X-Men: First Class, Iron Man 2, Avatar, Sin City, and the Transformers movies, but he now wears an eye patch after being shot four times by a hitman hired by his ex-wife, who was also the ex-wife of Joe Pesci. Who has the movie rights to this guy’s life? Anyway, on the upcoming YouTube series Mortal Kombat: Generations and the upcoming movie, Warren shared this via Twitter:


Some more recent rumors regarding the series involve Booboo Stewart (Warpath, X-Men: Days of Future Past) playing Takeda, Caity Lotz (The Canary, Arrow) possibly playing Sonya Blade, and Ray Park (Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, X-Men, and the G.I. Joe movies) playing Erron Black.

What do you think about the future of live action Mortal Kombat adaptations? Are you excited?

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