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: Legacyfailed 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 YoutubeMortal 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.
The Halo movie, that that of The Hobbit (which actually just started filming recently), has been stuck in development hell for many years.
But, fans may begin holding their breath once again, as new pictures have surfaced online on the Machinima.com Facebook page. Machinima is the website currently airing the Mortal Kombat: Legacy webseries, so could it be they’ve snagged another hot property?
Now, no other details have been given yet. So, it could be another project akin to the Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short film, which was used to drum up studio interest in the franchise.
Check out the pictures below and give us your thoughts on what this mysterious Halo project could be.
MORTAL KOMBAT! *Cue the classic Mortal Kombat film theme song*
Ever since the Mortal Kombat: Rebirth trailer hit the internet all those months ago, I have been really excited for the potential new life the series has on the screen, Rebirth being representative of the fighting game and its characters, but in a modernized setting. It was brutal and disgusting, offering inspired suspense and horror from films like Seven and Saw. When Warner Brothers decided to make a 10-episode web series based on it, I was more than thrilled.
But, with this latest news from director Kevin Tancharoen, I simply cannot wait!
Tancharoen recently spoke to MovieWeb.com about the highly anticipated series, and spilled some updates about characters, a rough storyline, and potential release dates.
– We’re really doing a lot of the iconic characters, so we have Sonya, Jax, and Kano, which is a new character in that realistic world. We’re doing Rayden, of course, because you can’t do Mortal Kombat without Rayden. We’re doing Kitana and Mileena and we’re also doing a really, really cool one. The one that I’m most excited about is Cyrax and Sektor.
– We’re going to do an episode with Scorpion and Sub-Zero, but it takes place in ancient Japan. The whole episode is in Japanese and you see the depth of Scorpion’s family and clan and how they got murdered, etc. That one is going to be very epic, because of the iconic characters.
– There is an underlying storyline for most of them. Some of them are just introductions into the characters’ back story. The idea of the tournament itself will always be a through-line that you just can’t ignore, since that’s the foundation of the story.
– One episode will definitely come out before the game is released, and that’s April 19.
– We’re pushing the boundaries to make this look as much like a big-budget feature film as possible. There are so many visual effects in every episode, especially the robot one (Laughs). They’re like two Iron Man’s fighting each other. You just can’t have them be photo-real CG robots.
– [Cyrex & Sektor] talk when they’re in human form. Then they get changed to robots, and there’s a pretty epic fight scene when they’re robots. We did full motion-capture for that and we’re starting to put the layers on it now, and texturing and shading it and all that good stuff, to make it look photo-real and make it look like it’s gigantic.
– We treat the fights like they would be in any sort of realistic environment. We don’t need that kind of structure to it, like Round 1, Round 2, or where the Fatality happens. It’s more fluid and organic.
Is anyone else as excited for this as I am? Sound off in the comments!
Do you remember that epic trailer for Mortal Kombat: Rebirth released online a while ago? Not only did Warner Brothers pick it up for a web mini-series (and hopefully movie), but now there have been casting announcements! And let me tell you, fan boys are going to be very, very happy.
The great Jeri Ryan announced on Twitter this morning that she is starting filming for the Mortal Kombat: Rebirth webseries as Sony Blade, the character she was in the trailer, along with Michael Jai White returning the play Jax.
If you don’t remember the trailer, or in case you want to watch it again, you can watch the amazing trailer located below: