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Gory details about Mortal Kombat: Rebirth from director Kevin Tancharoen

06.10.2010

So a few days ago most of us were pretty blown away by what turned out to be possibly the most ambitious movie pitch I’ve ever seen. MORTAL KOMBAT: REBIRTH was a seven minute short that featured a gritty, twisted and black MK universe, and made all of our dreams about a proper adaptation come true.

At the time, details about the video were few and far between, but recently Collider sat down with director Kevin Tancharoen (who inexplicably also did FAME), and he had a lot to say about the details of the project and the future MK movie he hopes to helm. Here are the highlights:

• They shot the short film over two days on two RED cameras

• Started in early April and it took 2 months to do the post production. Most people donated their time. The short was made for $7,500

• Knew if he was going to get a chance at a genre picture, he’d have to show he could do it on his own. This is a calling card for a chance at making the next Mortal Kombat feature film and it’s his vision for how he’d do it.

• No one at any studio knew he was doing the short

• Oren Uziel wrote the short. He’s currently listed on IMDb to write the next Mortal Kombat movie at Warner Bros.

• Says he wants to make a movie that balances the real world with the mysticism and the special powers. Compares it to the way Harry Potter exists in two worlds. As in there are two universes that coexist with each other.

• Confirms “fatalities” are definitely in his movie. He wants to put them in the tournament in an “organic way”

• Definitely would use “get over here” (the classic line from the game)

• Michael Jai White plays Jax Briggs in the short and he’d definitely be a part of the feature. • Says Scorpion is the bad guy and will stay a bad guy

• They only had 4 hours to shoot the big fight scene

You can read the full thing over at Collider here.

It seems like stating the obvious at this point, but this movie needs to be made. One interesting thing to note is that he does say that magic will be present in the feature, even though it would seem it was being avoided in the short. Kind of hard to explain away Sub-Zero materializing ice boulders out of thin air without that.

Extra Tidbit: It's nice to see a new director really putting the creative effort in to land a big project and make a name for himself.
Source: Collider

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