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Mortal Kombat: Legacy

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

Source: IGN

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*.

Source: EW

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)

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Mortal Kombat Legay Ep. 6 – Raiden

When you think of Raiden I’m sure the first thing that pops into mind is the mysterious man under the pyramid hat that managed to shoot electricity from his hands. But instead, we now have a man that uses large electrical charges to power up and can be brought down by shot of medicine to the neck. This humanized version of a man who is seen as the badass of thunder in MK can be quite a letdown for some fans, but I appreciate the path to keep a sense of realism/mysticism in the show.

Spoiler Alert:  The following crucial pieces of today’s episode from Kevin Tancharoen Mortal Kombat Legacy web series are located below so…READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!

This episode of Raiden, as I said earlier, humanizes the character in a way that may seem dumb to some, or a wise take on his story to others. I find that the fight scenes were well scattered throughout this episode, we clearly understand he’s being wrongfully institutionalized, and we root for him to escape from that creepy doctor. (Quite dramatically I might add!) But despite this, there were major holes in the story that left me very confused. For a man who is gets so much energy from electricity it seems odd that a group of men, and a syringe could bring this guy down. Here is where the thought that maybe the type of drug administered (ketamine) really does come into play for those bitching about this shizz! Also, why the hell does him getting stabbed allow him to teleport out of that wretched place. I mean seriously…..Are you kidding me!?! Why didn’t he just kill himself sooner or something?  Finally, what the hell was up with Raiden and that chick? It seemed that she loved him or something. Maybe her only role in the episode was to help his escape, but I felt there was so much mystery to their friendship that it left me confused a bit. I mean how do they build a friendship when he’s seemingly in solitary confinement! Despite these issues I had, which were small in comparison to the delivery of the episode, the show was good to watch. But I’m sure everyone is just dying to see some SubZero and Scorpion action already!

Take a gander at Episode 6 and leave your thoughts or comments below.

Kevin Tancharoen‘s Mortal Kombat based web series has now reached it’s halfway point with episode 5 (10 episode series). This latest Ep. is the second half to a two part story arc for Kitana and Mileena – two rival daughters and deadly assassins of Outworld emperor Shao Kahn.

The first half depicted Kahns take over of the realm of Edinia. Basically he crushed his enemies. Saw them driven before him and heard the lamentation of da women. Along the way he took the queen Sidel’s baby daughter, cloned her (“and…..twins”) and raised them both with devious and deadly intentions.

The second half focuses on Kitana and Mileena’s teenage years. Mileena with her raging mutant blood and shifty mouth grows a resentment towards Kitana, Shao Kahn uses them to destroy all who threaten his rule. But when they come upon King Jerrod on one of their missions, they finally learn the truth about their Mother and Father, and Kitana looks to plot her revenge against Shao Kahn.

It feels almost wrong calling this week’s episode of Mortal Kombat Legacy an installment in the “Live Action Mortal Kombat Web Series”, as most of it is animated. On the other hand, using animation (similar to O’Ren Ishi story from Kill Bill Vol. 1) allows Tancharoen to develop characterization in ways his budget would never allow.  Overall, this two part episode  did what it needed to… told the back story of Kitana and Mileena. It was really well thought out and done fairly well. Tancharoen is handling the MK lore respectably.

Now, this series is neat and I appreciate the effort put into it, but it’s way too short to have to wait a week for a new episode. It also doesn’t help that an entire minute is wasted in explaining what happened in the previous episode because I could watch previous eps. if I wanted to know that. Regardless of all that, one thing that I’m rather disappointed with is how Tancharoen has shifted away from the nitty-gritty, real-world approach from his Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short -the trailer that launched the current web series. Rebirth was was unique, creative  and far more interesting than these literal live-action depictions of back stories that have been revealed in the games and movies. Where’s the Baraka with surgical knife implants? Where’s Reptile being a human with natural lizard like deformities?

How the fuck did this pitch turn into MK:Legacy? I’m kind of pissed.

CAUTION: Full Spoilers below!

For those worried that this fourth episode of Mortal Kombat: Legacy would be as bad as the previous installment all about Johnny Cage, fear not!

This installment is a return to form for the webseries, and features a really interesting setting, a whole host of introduced characters and an intriguing storyline focused around Mileena and Kitana, sister deadly assassins.

This episode, which runs only 8 minutes without credits, is short but packed with story. Very quickly, we are introduced to a realm known as Outworld, which Shalo Kahn (yes, we finally meet the big man himself!) invades and takes over from King James and Queen Sindel (yes, her too!) by using his royal guard, led by Baraka. And Kahn, after killing the king and taking the queen as his wife, orders their daughter (Mileena) be cloned by Shang Tsung and be loyal to only him (and that is how Kitana is created).

Quite the number of characters, eh?

The effects were so-so based on their budget, but the most interesting thing was how they told the story.

Director Kevin Tancharoen did something extremely smart with this episode, as he knew full well what his budget would and would not allow. So, during most of the exposition, he uses animation. The closest parallel of the animation I can think of is the story of O’Ren Ishi from Kill Bill: Volume 1.

Does this episode completely redeem from last week’s bad escape into the life of Johnny Cage? No. But I hope this continues the upward trend for the remaining episodes.

What did you think of the latest episode? Are you looking forward to next week’s episode, or just want them to get to classics like Sub-Zero and Scorpion already? And is the series living up to the nitty-gritty aspect that was portrayed in that trailer all those months ago?

Let us know what you think!

The first episode of  Kevin Tancharoen’s online web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy -spawned from the 2010 viral video– premiered last week on Machinima.com . In the course of the week, that one 12 minute episode attained over 5 million YouTube hits. While 5 million people can’t be wrong (FYI 5 million is a lot for a web based series. like whole a lot). I did have my complaints. The story followed Sonja Blade (Jeri Ryan), Stryker (Tahmoh Penikett) and Jax (Michael Jai White) while they try and stop an evil crime ring run by Kano (Darren Shahlavi). At least, that’s what happens in the first 10 minutes. The episode didn’t really grab me. Too many guns for the beginning. It was a standard cop routine, impaired by pretty mediocre acting, even worse dialog. It didn’t feel like MK. I know Tancharoen’s intent is to put a real world spin on the fantastical elements and characters of the fighting based video game franchise, but the first episode was cliched; one of thousands of generic action movies we see all the time. To be fair, I paid money to watch the Mortal Kombat movies, (yes both of them) I got this for free. This is much better than those.

Now episode two is upon us. Which honestly, should be ep1 part 2. Titled Jax, Sonya and Kano (Part 2) it plays out the rest of the showdown set-up in part one. It’s only 9 minutes (while 6 if you cut out the the recap and credits), half the time as the first, yet twice as good. Huh? How does that work? Well, the direction, production, action, acting, dialogue and thematic elements and so on are simply done right this time around. Clean and concise.  You’ll probably be too pissed at the mere 6 minutes of new material (which is a bit ridiculous to wait a week for) to take notice, but really, the difference is night and day. But I do agree, this is nothing they couldn’t have shoved into the 1st episode. It was kinda dumb having two episodes to tell this. Especially when there is only 9 episodes in the whole series. Regardless, Mortal Kombat: Legacy is getting better.

Watch episode 2 below, hit the jump for a newly released press release and don’t forget to share your thoughts on the series in the comments section.

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