Not all that long ago, Kevin Tancharoen took a chance and spent his own money, got some actor friends together, wrote a script, and shot himself an 8-minute “Mortal Kombat” film called “Rebirth”. The idea was to show the studio suits what he could do, and maybe get some financing together to reboot the “Mortal Kombat” franchise.
That little enterprise eventually led to a 10-part web series called “Mortal Kombat: Legacy”, which Tancharoen directed for Warner Bros. With that 10-part series done and out of the way, it was only a matter of time before the studio finally let Tancharoen direct an honest to goodness “Mortal Kombat” movie on the big screen.
That time, it turns out, is today.
New Line Cinema has officially tapped Tancharoen to direct and co-write (with Oren Uziel) a “Mortal Kombat” feature film. No word on what the plot would be, but the movie is being called a “reboot”, so don’t expect it to follow the previous two films.
I would like to tell you that Tancharoen’s 10-part web series “Legacy” provided clues as to where the feature film would go, but honestly, except for a couple of early episodes, the rest of the web series was really all over the place, and spent most of its time really just telling origin stories for the various fighters.
In any case, here’s the 8-minute short that started it all, starring Michael Jai White as Jax, Jeri Ryan as Sonya Blade, Matt Mullins as Johnny Cage, Ian Anthony Dale as Scorpion, and Lateef Crowder as Baraka. One hopes at least White and Ryan return for the big-screen movie. It would be only fair, right?