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SD found a link to a youtube video that has been floating around and broke the news that it MIGHT just be an effort to get studio approval for an R-rated reboot of the franchise.
(check out the SDCC Countdown thread for a link to the story and video)
I was a big fan of the original film, it was exactly what it needed to be, campy and fun, but this new re-boot looks to be taken quite seriously. If this is the "prequel" of sorts to a big budget film, we could have a nice summer blockbuster coming up in the next year or so me thinks.
Post subject: Warner Announces Development of Mortal Kombat Live-Action
Posted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 4:26 pm
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Warner Premiere Announces Development of Mortal Kombat Live-Action Digital Series January 24, 2011 Directed by Kevin Tancharoen ("Fame, "Mortal Kombat: Rebirth") Shooting To Take Place in Vancouver this February
One of the Most Successful Videogame Franchises Becomes an Action–Packed Digital Series Set to Debut This Spring through Online Digital Retailers Taking Fans Deep Into Background of Characters Such as Liu Kang and Johnny Cage
Warner Premiere today announced development of a live–action digital series based on the best–selling Mortal Kombat videogame franchise. Directed by Kevin Tancharoen, known for his popular unofficial fan short Mortal Kombat: Rebirth which garnered over 10 million views online, and in conjunction with the upcoming Mortal Kombat videogame, this action–packed, digital series will take gamers deep into the history of warriors they know and love such as Scorpion, Johnny Cage and Liu Kang. Shooting for the digital series will take place in Vancouver starting in early February.
Mortal Kombat is one of the most celebrated videogame franchises of all time. Since its debut in 1992, it has spawned four arcade games, 10 console–based videogame titles, two movies (Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation), two televisions series (Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm and Mortal Kombat: Conquest) and an animated prequel Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins. Additionally, a new Mortal Kombat game will be coming out April 19, 2011 on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
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.
The latest iteration of the award–winning videogame, Mortal Kombat, marks a triumphant return to the series' mature presentation and a reinvention of its classic 2D fighting mechanic. Driven by an all new graphics engine, the fan favorite Fatality is back and presented in more gory detail than ever before. In addition, Mortal Kombat introduces a number of new game–play features including tag team and a deep story mode. Mortal Kombat is being developed by NetherRealm Studios, led by Mortal Kombat creator and creative director Ed Boon.
About Warner Premiere Warner Premiere, part of Warner Bros. Entertainment, specializes in the development and production of both features and digital content for home entertainment platforms. Past projects include Another Cinderella Story, Scooby–Doo! The Mystery Begins and Batman: Under the Red Hood, as well as the digital series Watchmen Motion Comics. Warner Premiere is at the creative forefront in the made–for–home entertainment marketplace, producing properties that exemplify the commitment to story, production and brand equity for which Warner Bros. is known.
About Warner Bros. Digital Distribution Warner Bros. Digital Distribution (WBDD) oversees the electronic distribution of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group's content through Video–On–Demand, Pay–Per–View, Electronic Sell-Through and Subscription Video–On–Demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels. WBDD also distributes content through third party digital retailers and licensees. A worldwide industry leader since its inception, WBDD also manages the Studio's E–commerce sites that include WBShop.com and WarnerArchive.com. Twitter: @WBDigitalDist
About NetherRealm Studios NetherRealm Studios, wholly owned by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, is a leader in the development of interactive entertainment as the creator of the billion dollar Mortal Kombat franchise. Mortal Kombat has spawned two theatrical films, multiple television series, and has sold over 28 million games to date. Located in Chicago, Illinois the award–winning NetherRealm team has been working and creating games together since 1992. Additional information about NetherRealm Studios can be found at www.netherrealm.com
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Jeri Ryan ("Star Trek: Voyager," "Leverage," "Boston Public") confirmed on her Twitter account that she will be reprising the role of Sonya in Warner Premiere's "Mortal Kombat" digital series that has started filming in Vancouver.
She writes: Heading to the farmer's market with the hubs & my girl. Then this evening I head to Vancouver to shoot Mortal Kombat! (NOW it's official)
She added later that she had "just finished reading the whole script for Mortal Kombat. Holy crap... I think u might just love it. Get ready..."
Ryan played Sonya in director Kevin Tancharoen's short Mortal Kombat: Rebirth and Tancharoen is also directing the new series, which is expected to be available this spring.
The second season of the hit live-action web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy is prepping to begin airing February 17. Today, director Kevin Tancharoen released the following cast photo via Instagram that will hopefully whet fan appetites for the new episodes.
The first season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy was one of the most-viewed web series of 2011 with more than 60 million views to date on Machinima. In the second season, the saga continues as Liu Kang and Ermac join the ranks of fighters introduced in the first season of the web series including Kenshi, Kung Lao, Kuai Lang, Stryker, Kitana, Mileena, Johnny Cage, Scorpion and Sub Zero. This new season will uncover the rivalries and histories of these fierce warriors as Raiden and his recruits clash against the dark forces of Outworld.
Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2 features stars from television and film - many of whom have real-world martial arts experience. The cast includes Harry Shum, Jr. ("Glee") as the warlord adviser Kuai Liang, Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) as martial arts film actor Johnny Cage, Brian Tee (The Wolverine) as Shaolin Monk Liu Kang, Mark Dacascos (Cradle 2 the Grave) as Kung Lao - a close friend of Liu Kang, Ian Anthony Dale ("Hawaii Five-0") returns as the resurrected ninja Scorpion, and reprising his role he made famous in the Mortal Kombat theatrical release - Cary Tagawa as the powerful, arrogant sorcerer Shang Tsung.
Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2 comes from producer Lance Sloane ("H+: The Digital Series" / Act of Valor) and Kevin Tancharoen (Mortal Kombat: Legacy) who also serves as the series' director. Production services are provided by Bandito Brothers, and Hayden Roush and Marina Stabile serve as Line Producers. The series is written by Josh Baizer, Marshall Johnson and Kevin Tancharoen. Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2 is produced by Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and distributed by Machinima, Inc.
Choreographer-turned-director Kevin Tancharoen is the mastermind behind Mortal Kombat's live action resurgence in the past few years. Tancharoen created a pitch for a film reboot of the game series a few years ago that turned into an online series titled Mortal Kombat: Legacy. A second season for the series is set to debut next week, but between seasons, Tancharoen was tapped for the Mortal Kombat reboot that he initially desired. ComingSoon.net/SuperHeroHype spoke with Tancharoen today and asked him about the progress on the feature film.
"We're still pushing through on that. The script is in a good place, we're just kind of figuring out the budget and locations and that whole process is where we're at," he said.
We also asked Kevin if the continuity for "Legacy" would carry over into the big screen film or whether it will be its own thing, to which he replied:
"I think everyone's intention is to start fresh because we want Legacy to live on its own possibly for multiple seasons, and when it comes to Mortal Kombat, it's been around for 20+ years. We're going to take the mythology and add another layer on it so it can live on for another 20 years, or more! I think this is a unique opportunity to set that ground work."
Check back here next week for our full interview with Tancharoen about Mortal Kombat: Legacy II , which debuts September 26th on Machinima. You can watch the new trailer below.
Although he was optimistic about the project just last month, choreographer-turned-director Kevin Tancharoen, the man behind the Mortal Kombat reboot webseries, just announced via Twitter that he is no longer involved in bringing the property to the big screen.
"After 3 years of Kombat," Tancharoen writes, "I've decided to move on to other creative opportunities. I wish everyone involved in the movie big success. Thanks!"
Tancharoen's “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” recently released its second season. The cast includes Harry Shum, Jr. ("Glee") as the warlord adviser "Kuai Liang," Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) as martial arts film actor "Johnny Cage," Brian Tee (The Wolverine) as Shaolin Monk "Liu Kang," and Mark Dacascos (Cradle 2 the Grave) as "Kung Lao" - a close friend of "Liu Kang." Additionally, Ian Anthony Dale (“Hawaii Five-O”) returns as the resurrected ninja “Scorpion,” and Cary Tagawa reprises the role he made famous in the first Mortal Kombat theatrical release as the powerful, arrogant sorcerer "Shang Tsung."
Although Tancharoen hints that the project will move forward without him, no other talent has been named at this time. Check back for details as soon as they become available.