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Filmmaker Kevin Tancharoen says it took two days of shooting, two months of post-production and $7,500 to create Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, a short movie that the director describes as his “calling card” for a full-length feature.
“This is my take on what I would want to do with Mortal Kombat,” Tancharoen told Collider. “I would love it if Warner Bros. wanted to do it this way. But I was so passionate about doing this, that I just had to pick up the camera and do it.”
So, what would Tancharoen do if given the chance to explore the Mortal Kombat universe further? Well, a lot. For starters, he compared the balance of mysticism versus real world grit as akin to the Harry Potter universe, oddly enough.
“It’s kind of like when in Harry Potter, there’s two universes that coexist with each other,” he explained. “There’s the real world, and then you get on the train and then you go to Hogwarts, and that’s where all the magic is. It was actually kind of similar in the first Mortal Kombat, too. They had to get on the ship and go to the island, and that’s where all the crazy stuff happened.”
Tancharoen also confirmed that a Mortal Kombat movie can’t exist without some key elements including “fatalities,” “flawless victories” and the phrase “get over here.” In fact, the man who utters that phrase — Scorpion — is the protagonist of sorts in the Rebirth short, but Tancharoen said that he’s staying true to the character’s dubious moral code.
“Scorpion is the bad guy and will stay a bad guy,” he said. “His motives are personal. It’s not to help out anybody. It’s to get Sub-Zero. If Jax and Sonya can coattail off of that revenge, awesome. But Scorpion does not care. He’s going after one thing, and one thing only. And I personally love that. I don’t want to see Scorpion go soft. Do I think Scorpion can be flawed? Absolutely. There’s no such thing as an interesting character that’s just one dimensional. I love it when the bad guy is at the forefront because you’re able to tell so many different stories that are not so conventional.”
The filmmaker had a whole lot more to say on the Mortal Kombat front — for the full interview, head on over to Collider.