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Looks like “Fame” director Kevin Tancharoen’s unofficial “Mortal Kombat: Rebirth” short film that he made as a showcase of what he could do with the property has paid off. Warner Bros., through Warner Premiere, their direct-to-DVD originals movie division, has announced that they will be working with Tancharoen on his upcoming “Mortal Kombat” live-action web series that is scheduled to start shooting next month up in Vancouver.
Available this spring through online digital retailers from Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, the “Mortal Kombat” digital series is an anthology of multiple live action shorts, each providing never-before-revealed insights into characters featured in the upcoming videogame as well as the game’s universe. Additional details, including casting, will be announced in the coming weeks.
We last heard about this from actor Michael Jai White, who will be reprising Jax in “Rebirth”. According to White, the web series will consist of ten new short films from the MK universe, and will explore other characters, including Shang Tsung, Liu Kang, Sub Zero, Durak, Kabal, Kitana/Mileena and Scorpion.
This is probably not the “Mortal Kombat” movie that Tancharoen had in mind when he made the short, but it’s probably not a bad close second. He’s getting a major studio’s backing in terms of distribution and, we presume, funding as well. So this may end up being as close as we’ll get to a new “Mortal Kombat” movie when all is said and done.
Here’s the short that started it all: