That’s the word from Michael Jai White, who played Jax in Kevin Tancharoen’s elaborate sales pitch to show what he can do with the Mortal Kombat franchise should someone out there wants to give him a shot at directing a feature-length one. (In case you forgot what we’re talking about, check out the “Mortal Kombat: Rebirth” short film below, directed by Tancharoen and starring some well-known faces in familiar roles.) There’s been nothing official about the movie since “Rebirth” exploded online, and as far as I know, there is still nothing resembling movement on a “Mortal Kombat” movie, reboot or otherwise, front. Of course, that doesn’t mean “Rebirth” is dead. Far from it, in fact.
Via Empire, White says that he and the gang will be shooting more “Rebirth” episodes soon, with Tancharoen co-writing and directing, before they take the whole shebang “to the next level”, whatever that means. Says White:
The next salvo is going to be hard-edged. We’re taking it to the next level. We’re going to do these shorts right before we do the major film.
White may be a tad optimistic there. Of course, the boys at Bloody-Disgusting says there will be 10 short webisodes in all, with Tancharoen co-writing with Todd Helbing, and Aaron Helbing, and that you can expect to see Shang Tsung, Liu Kang, Sub Zero, Durak, Kabal, Kitana/Mileena and Scorpion get their own moments sprinkled among the 10 episodes.
The first short lasted around 8 minutes, so if you make 10 more episodes to compliment that, you basically have a feature-length film right there. Then again, as far as I know Tancharoen doesn’t actually have permission to use the Mortal Kombat characters, so putting the episodes all together to sell it as a movie is probably not in the cards.
In any case, the whole gang is expected to head up north to Vancouver this coming February to commence shooting. And the plot? Something about Shao Kahn and Shang Tsung playing two Gods ruling over parallel universes or some such. Does it really matter? There will be ten more episodes like “Rebirth”.
Thanks to B-Flash for the tip.