Kevin Tancharoen’s 7-Minute Mortal Kombat Movie Pitch

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Update: According to Latino Review, this is actually test footage shot for Warner Bros.’s “Mortal Kombat” movie reboot, an attempt to get funding for the full movie, and not an upcoming game as originally thought. The director is Kevin Tancharoen, who did the “Fame” remake.

Update 2: Jeri Ryan has confirmed via her Twitter account that this was indeed something director Kevin Tancharoen shot on his own dime in order to show Warner Bros. what he could do, and to convince them to fund his vision of a “Mortal Kombat” movie. Who would have thunk the guy who did “Fame” could do something this visually awesome?

–Original Post below–

I wasn’t aware that the people behind “Mortal Kombat” was making another game, because this looks like an extended, live-action trailer for it. It’s definitely not a trailer for the rebooted “Mortal Kombat” movie, because last we heard, rights to that was stuck in legal limbo. And besides, the scripting in this one is pretty awful. The action, visuals, and atmosphere, on the other hand, are top notch.

It features Michael Jai White as a hardboiled cop name Jackson Briggs, Jeri Ryan as a saucy Sonya Blade, and posits Baraka and Reptile as crazed psycho killers instead of otherworldly beings. The hero of the trailer? Well, I won’t spoil it for you, as his identity is revealed only at the end, and I wouldn’t dream of spoiling it for you.

The trailer also stars Lateef Crowder and Matt Mullins, with Larnell Stovall (of “Undisputed 3″) providing action choreography.

Thanks to Nik Giangrosso for the heads up.

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  • GazzO

    That looks so fucking awesome

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/BZBUOXY42MWKDTFMTQIXVNUB24 Dominique

    Holy shit!!! If this doesn't get them funding, NOTHING will!!!! LOVE how they switched the mythology up….I actually think it could work. Somebody PLEASE finance this film!!!!!

  • ULIK

    Everything is ok except “Baraka”. That's a dumb concept.

  • Ty

    Saw The Video &, It Looks Like A Trailer For The New Movie To Me. I Have To Say
    “IT”S F***IN AWESOME”! Michael Jai White Is A Damn Good Choice To Play Jax. Warner Better Start Making The Movie Soon & Settle On The Legal Drama Thing Cause, I WANNA SEE THIS MOVIE NOW!. Also Hopefully They'll Cast The Right People For The Movie.

  • Bluemetal04

    They need the original actors from the first movie into this one, it would be badass then lol. This seems so fucked up (character-wise) but other than that, it looks pretty good, I'm just glad they're actually doing something with the franchise! But there is a rumor that Threshold is going to make the movie with or without WB, they want it to be a sequel rather than a reboot so anything can happen.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    HOLY SH!T!!! I love what they did with the re-imagining. Great cast and the real world concept works well. This is what “Legend of CHun-Li” was trying to do but then they went all crazy with the mystical stuff. This looks sick. WHite as Jax, and Ryan as Sonya are perfect. Even Lateef as Baraka. I thinkt this could seriously work well.

  • FlawlessVictory

    Wow, this is an awesome take on it. I would love to see this as a movie especially to see the other characters. The concept is original and the gore is such an added bonus as far as what is seen in the trailer. It would be a huge disappointment to have this movie not go through or have this trailer as just a live action footage for an unnecessary video game (there's already like 400 MK VG titles). GET THE FUNDING BYPASS ALL THE LEGAL ISSUES, FOR THE SAKE OF COOL MOVIES.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    It's funny because Midway was looking to reboot the series and go in a new direction. This is a good direction. I only wish SF had taken it seriously and done the same.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Here's a link to an exclusive interview with Collider that Tancharoen did that gives some details about the making of the fiolm as well as what he'd do for a full-length film. I like it.
    http://www.collider.com/2010/06/09/kevin-tancha

  • GOOFY_CHE

    ALL YOU HATERS ARE RETARDED THIS MOVIE GOING TO BE THE BESSS NEESS, EVERY CHARACTER IS TIGHT… JUST SHOULDNT HAVE KILLIED JOHNNY LIKE THAT… WORD UP SON…ON G'S… AND SUB ZERO LOOK TIGHT… AND HE THE PERFECT JAX…