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Mortal Kombat: Rebirth Short Film To Be Expanded In 10 Webisodes

Last summer, the world watched in horror (I’m exaggerating a bit) as a short film appeared online starring Michael Jai White and based on the Mortal Kombat series of video games. Turning away from the campy flavor of the game’s 1990s film adaptations, the short opted instead for a darker, grittier tone… to the point of being more than mildly disturbing. It was quickly revealed that Fame remake director Kevin Tancheroen was behind the short, and that he’d done it as a self-budgeted proof-of-concept, something to put in front of both studios and fans which said, loudly, “Hey, Mortal Kombat is badass, so any movie based on it really ought to be badass as well.”

He wasn’t wrong, and the fans showed their interest by tuning in. To date, the short has attracted just shy of 3.5 million viewers on YouTube alone. Unfortunately, the Internet’s interest wasn’t enough to inspire Warner Bros to press play on Tancheroen’s vision, probably due in part to the fact that reports in recent years suggest the studio was working on an MK reboot of its own. There’s good news though: you haven’t seen the last of Mortal Kombat: Rebirth.

Bloody Disgusting reports, via “sources,” that a series of ten webisodes are in production, written by Tancheroen and brothers Aaron and Todd Helbing. White will reprise his role as Jax — perfect casting — and he’ll be joined by other MK characters, including Shang Tsung, Liu Kang, Sub-Zero, Durak (Goro’s brother… how bizarrely random), Kabal, Kitana/Mileena and Scorpion. I’ll bet Goro makes an appearance as well, along with a couple of others. Of course, as a lifelong fan and player of video games and film, really… I ultimately just want to see this thing done well. One awesome video game adaptation wouldn’t kill Hollywood.

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  • demoncat_4

    cool was hoping the thing lead to more of the new take on Mortal Kombat. mostly the okay for a new movie. but web episodes will work also. can not wait to see them when they start to happen.

  • muki

    I can’t wait for this to come out. The trailer had me so excited that a movie would be made, i’ll settle for webisodes.

  • Razor714

    Tell Mr.Tancheroen to sell the eposide idea to Showtime, STARS or HBO!!

  • Mpir3

    I CANT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brockton, Ma

  • Mrdrkevin2

    damn it!
    i want another mortal kombat that is out when im not like 3!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    Wow, the fact that you were able to learn English (mostly), learn how to use a computer, learn how to use the internet, find out what Mortal Kombat is, actually play it, find out about this article, and figure out how to post a comment on this site, all before you were three years old, is truly impressive. Simply fantastic.

  • Airheadsrevenge

    wtf are you talking about? lol he is saying all the mortal kombats are old and a new one needs to come out now that he is older

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  • MKR

    FINISH HIM!!!!!!

  • Memo Uribe

    warner bros needs quit being stupid and start this movie NOW!!

  • Richard McClure

    You guys really need to finish the movie and just come out with already,
    this movie will bring in a lot of viewers, and the fans that really like it, so go
    head and finish it so we can watch this kick ass movie lol

  • SK_LEGEND

    QUIT KILLING JOHNNY CAGE….WWWWTTTFFFFF

  • Vfg

    A waste of time, there’s never going to be an R rated MK so why pitch the idea in the first place. I think this is the worst thing to happen to the MK franchise because many “naive” MK fans will be disappointed in the end that “their” envisioned movie was not realised. That’s exactly why I refuse to watch MK: Rebirth because it won’t be realised in a FEATURE film.

    One interesting thing about MKR is Michael Jai White is acting in MKR. He was supposedly the next big thing in Martial Arts/Action movies but he has just not made it and is now in his mid-40’s, it’s such a pity.

  • Jigga

    cheeaaa boogie down broketown 

  • jigga

    looks insane someone really needs to pick this up and do something with it..something big!  R.I.P jonny cage you low blow loving motha effer