You might not recognize Kevin Tancharoen‘s name right off the bat, but he’s the man behind the camera in the Mortal Kombat web series that has fans clamoring for a full length movie. Put him behind the camera, throw Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse) in front, and you’ve got my attention. (more…)
Some liked Kevin Tancharoen’s Mortal Kombat: Legacy, while others did not. I, myself, fall into the latter group. The MK Youtube series was too literal an adaption of the game. It was a far cry from his unique and original short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, which was representational of the fighting and its characters, but in a modernized police drama setting. Anyway, critical response not withstanding, Kevin Tancharoen made MK cinematic again – it was cool. He got fans excited for the prospect on an awesome feature film. He was attached to direct a movie for awhile, and was developing it with Warner Bros., but that’s no longer the case…
I’m sure a lot of people were psyched when it was first announced that the guy who made that awesome Mortal Kombat: Legacy web-series (Kevin Tancharoen) would be directing the next Mortal Kombat movie, but it’s been a while since we’ve really heard anything more about it. We know that the second “season” of the Machinima series is due out soon, and we know that the movie is happening, but we now have a status update on the movie’s script, as well as how the Legacy series will relate to the feature length film, thanks to an interview with ComingSoon.
We’re still pushing through on that. The script is in a good place, we’re just kind of figuring out the budget and locations and that whole process is where we’re at.
Well, I guess we’ve still got some time to sit and wait anxiously for the movie to be made. In the mean time, I’m sure a lot of people are wondering how the movie will tie into the series that inspired the folks over at Warner Bros. to give another film a try; as it turns out, they actually won’t be connected at all.
I think everyone’s intention is to start fresh because we want Legacy to live on its own possibly for multiple seasons, and when it comes to Mortal Kombat, it’s been around for 20+ years. We’re going to take the mythology and add another layer on it so it can live on for another 20 years, or more! I think this is a unique opportunity to set that ground work.
I guess that makes sense, but I was sort of expecting the movie’s story to somehow be connected to the story of the series, which has been a pretty big hit with fans and critics. I mean, there was that silly Mortal Kombat: Konquest show, and that went on around the same time as the crappy movies, so I don’t see why two decent versions of the franchise can’t co-exist.
I’ll be honest; I’m not entirely convinced that a Mortal Kombat film can work, and I’m not sure I want to see them try again. As with most things in the entertainment industry, I have a feeling they are going to move along without my konsent.
A few years back, director Kevin Tancharoen had wow’d gamers and nerds everywhere with his short film Mortal Kombat: Legacy. It depicted a fresh and realistic take on the Mortal Kombat franchise – representational of the fighting game and its characters, but in a modernized setting. It was brutal and disgusting, resembling the suspense and horror films like Seven and Saw. It was so cool!
Anyway, Mortal Kombat: Legacy was such a success, that Warner Bros. & YouTube channel Machinima.com wanted more of it, and granted Tancharoen an online web series . Which… should have been the raddest thing ever in way of video game adaptions, but it turned out to be such a downer. Anyone that watched the series (which debuted on Machinima.com‘s YouTube channel on April 11, 2011) will tell you how far off the reservation it was from the initial idea/film. Instead of it being straight-up realistic, it turned into a literal translation of the game. Exploring the birth of the characters in an other worldly fashion; like acknowledging the supernatural elements and all the kooky tournament stuff. It wasn’t a bad series per se, it just wasn’t the gritty version of Law and Order meets Mortal Kombat we expected it to be.
Regardless of the differences from concept to series, Season 1 got plenty of pop and appreciation from MK fans that a second series was approved. Here for you today, is a trailer of the all new second season. Admittedly, it looks bad-ass and gets me all nostalgic of the MK movie from 18 years ago. Check it out below and let us know what you think,
While progress on the next Mortal Kombat film has come to almost a standstill, fans of the Kevin Tancharoen created and directed Mortal Kombat: Legacy have had much more to look forward to. The Machinima Inc. and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution webseries proved it’s worth capturing the souls of 60 million viewers in the first 9 episode season.
The wait is almost over. The second season is almost upon us.
Premiering at last night’s 3rd Annual Streamy Awards, to recognize and honor excellence in online video, fans of the series were treated to the first teaser to Mortal Kombat: Legacy Season two. Directed by Kevin Tancharoen, and cowritten by Josh Baizer and Marshall Johnson, the second season delves more into the characters before the events of the original game, while blending martial arts with the Mortal Kombat mythos. Honestly, Kevin and everyone involved stepped up their game for this season and it really appears that it could pay off later on in the year.
Check out the teaser below:
One of the nice things about Mortal Kombat: Legacy, this season, appears to be the direction its taking… and it’s being well received by all. Watching Liu Kang, played by Brian Tee, as a member of Outworld’s force compared to his melancholy hero role from the original Mortal Kombat of nearly two decades ago is a surprise turn for the character, a real attention grabber. Speaking of casting, seeing Cary Tagawa reprise his role as Shang Tsung, even if it’s not another feature film, brings back all kinds of nightmares and newcomers Harry Shum, Jr., Casper Van Dien and Mark Dacascos are a welcome fit to the group. So far they’ve already outdone themselves.
How this all plays out will really depend on our reaction in the coming months, maybe it could even help speed up production of that Mortal Kombat movie we’re all waiting for?
Source: Coming Soon
Kevin Tancharoen envisioned his short, Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, with a Hollywood adaptation in mind. While Warner Bros. didn’t quite see it his way, they did fund what eventually became known as the first season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy. The highly successful web series blends the supernatural with a realistic re-imagining of the Mortal Kombat franchise. And we’ve got the first look at season two!
The second season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy started filming back in December and nobody has seen a thing, but thanks to Ian Anthony Dale, who plays Scorpion in both Legacy and Rebirth, we have our first look at the cast in full costume. Check out all your nerd dreams coming true after the jump.
It’s finally happening! Prepare for the next level with the second season of Mortal Kombat Legacy. Kombat producer and director Kevin Tancharoen makes the announcement official in the video below saying that this season is going to be all about the tournament; more fighting and more effects. Click play to check out the awesome video announcement, which includes teases about what characters might show up to… FIGHT!!!
Props to Tancharoen and his team for making a teaser announcement almost as entertaining as the series itself. Especially those beat-box-ers. Impressive.
More news as it develops.
Earlier today it was reported that Mortal Kombat short-film director Kevin Tancharoen will be helming a big screen feature film reboot of the property for New Line Cinema. 14 years after their last adaptation of the popular video game franchise. The director recently spoke to EW, and talked about the ‘R’ rated direction he wants to take the movie:
Up to this point, we’ve only been talking ‘rated R,’ I like realistic takes on things, I like it when it’s a little darker and grittier. And I want the martial arts to feel real as opposed to balletic and super-choreographed. It needs to feel brutal, because that’s the nature of the video game itself.
Toby Emmerich, president of New Line added,
I remembered the old films, which I don’t think left people hungry for more. But when you look at how well the game was doing and you look at what Kevin did with it just on his own, you don’t have to squint too hard to see how it might make a good movie.
Tancharoen is saying all the right things, which placate to my fan-boy MK wishful thinking. However, my faith in the dude wavered when his web-series Mortal Kombat: Legacy failed to live up to Rebirth, the short-film that inspired it. Unlike the web-series, the short depicted a realistic take on the Mortal Kombat franchise. Representational of the fighting game and it’s characters, but in a modernized setting. It was brutal and disgusting, resembling the suspense and horror films like Seven and Saw. Especially with characters like Baraka and Reptile, who, in that version, were fucked up freaks of nature (birth defect, surgical addiction..etc). The webseries however, put them back into the Outworld fantasy setting. I was so excited to have a realistic version of it. Then Tancharoen added the other realm bullshit and ruined it.
I just I wonder if this reboot is going to be straight-up realism like the original short, or more traditional like the web series. While I have enjoyed the Web Series, it would be interesting to see a full length film based off of Rebirth, with the more realism take on things. Then again, the fun of Mortal Kombat is in its unrealism… Bah, I dunno what I want. Regardless, for the director’s sake, I hope it’s a… flawless victory *derp*.
In 2010, Mortal Kombat rose from the ashes of the forgotten and its new format made it a hit on Youtube Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, a series of short live-action episodes, with its astounding graphics, choreographer, and story line people all over the web watched weekly and were left wondering “What’s next?”At the time of release, people speculated that these short episodes were meant as a way for Director/Choreographer Kevin Tanchareon to test the waters on making another full-length Mortal Kombat film. In reality, Tanchareon and his studios purpose for the short web-series was meant as an audition for the company to consider him to make a film.
Well, it looks like the audition payed off. New Line Cinema has officially started plans on making another Mortal Kombat film, which will be written by MK: Rebirth writer Oren Uziel and directed by Tanchareon. Slashfilm reports that:
“Deadline and THR both report on the film but there aren’t many details. No actor deals are in place, and there isn’t even a script. THR says ‘ new story will not serve as an extension of the game of digital series.’ That’s a bit mangled, but if you replace ‘of’ with ‘or,’ it makes more sense. In other words, this MMK will be an all-new thing rather than something that spins off a story from the recent games or the web series.”
So for all of those who whose palates are unquenched by the amazing shorts brought out by Tanchareon your wishes have come true! He will now be working on the next new installement to the Mortal Kombat franchise.
We survived the Raptor invasion, and as a reward we get another episode of Mortal Kombat Legacy. This is the episode everyone has been whining and bitching about since the second episode of the series. When will we see Sub-Zero? Why can’t I just bask in Scorpion? Why I am naughty dreams about Scorpion….oh wait….maybe not that, but for sure this episode can finally quell the impatience, sort of. Now, let’s review this episode!
Spoiler Alert! (The following information reveals plot, and storylines which will come as a surprise to those who have not watched the episode yet. So, you can take the red pill to watch the show and come back to read the following review, or the blue bill which gives you all the info and then you watch the show. Choose wisely)