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UPDATE: Mortal Kombat webseries' Baraka, feature film status, and Episode 2 now online

04.19.2011

UPDATE: The second episode of MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY is now online, and you can find it HERE. The first episode can be seen HERE.

Anyone who plunked quarters into arcade cabinets and/or pounded on buttons and buddies on console versions of the MORTAL KOMBAT videogames will probably be somewhat familiar with the ugly dude up there -- that 's the online webseries' version of Baraka, the needle-toothed, blade-armed Outworlder from the game series.

When the live-action short film MORTAL KOMBAT - REBIRTH appeared online last summer and proved to be massively popular, Warner Bros. gave the director Kevin Tancharoen (who also made the recent FAME reboot) some bucks and about a month worth of shooting time to continue "re-imagining" the franchise as a nine-part webseries called MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY.

The carnage-loving gamers who first grooved to Tancharoen's vision are still pressing play -- the first episode already has well over 5 million views, and the game's fans have already seen versions of Jax, Kano, Stryker and Sonya Blade, with other faves like Johnny Cage, Scorpion, Sub Zero and Smiley up there still on the way.

But will this success online translate to bigger things? The entire series (which will total around 100 minutes) will eventually be collected for DVD and possibly television, but where's a new movie, preferably budgeted at more than the $2 million webseries? "This whole thing has really been a right-place-at-the-right-time kind of situation," Tancharoen told the NY Times. "And we still haven’t gotten the green light to do a full movie, so we still have work to do."

Until those fatalities get performed in theaters, you'll have the latest digital iteration to keep you busy -- the new MORTAL KOMBAT game gets your console bloody this week.

Extra Tidbit: Got a least favorite MK character? I always thought Nightwolf was kind of a useless chump.
Source: NY TimesMachinima

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8:17PM on 04/20/2011
I love the direction of the series, my only complaint is that Mihael Jai White seems to be moving a little slowly in the fight scenes, its not awful but it's noticeable, I wonder what gives on that, he's a blackbelt and ive seen him do more, but other than that minOr complaint I'm on board for a whole film.
I love the direction of the series, my only complaint is that Mihael Jai White seems to be moving a little slowly in the fight scenes, its not awful but it's noticeable, I wonder what gives on that, he's a blackbelt and ive seen him do more, but other than that minOr complaint I'm on board for a whole film.
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1:35PM on 04/20/2011
So they got Ed Helms to play Baraka?
So they got Ed Helms to play Baraka?
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12:52PM on 04/20/2011

I think the webisodes are cool

But that looks like something from LOTR
But that looks like something from LOTR
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10:48AM on 04/20/2011
I love the series and all to Tancharoen's vision. But I believe his original vision of Baraka was way more interesting (Rebirth Baraka). But dont get me wrong, guy has talent and his showing it off with this series. Big step up from Fame. :D
I love the series and all to Tancharoen's vision. But I believe his original vision of Baraka was way more interesting (Rebirth Baraka). But dont get me wrong, guy has talent and his showing it off with this series. Big step up from Fame. :D
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9:35AM on 04/20/2011
I've had queefs more dynamic than this.
I've had queefs more dynamic than this.
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10:29PM on 04/19/2011
Love it! Will definitely buy the DVD.
Love it! Will definitely buy the DVD.
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6:50PM on 04/19/2011
I think pretty much anyone created after Mortal Kombat 3 has been pretty useless....except maybe quan chi. Nightwolf is quite useless too. Stryker is pretty useless, but damned if I dont have a soft spot for him. And I've always thought the color pallet swaps were useless. Dammit, everyone is useless but Jonny Cage and his super nut punch.
I think pretty much anyone created after Mortal Kombat 3 has been pretty useless....except maybe quan chi. Nightwolf is quite useless too. Stryker is pretty useless, but damned if I dont have a soft spot for him. And I've always thought the color pallet swaps were useless. Dammit, everyone is useless but Jonny Cage and his super nut punch.
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5:31PM on 04/19/2011
It's absurd that people think the series is terrible - after ONLY 1 episode. And it's Mortal Kombat, if you don't expect campy, then your thinking too hard.
It's absurd that people think the series is terrible - after ONLY 1 episode. And it's Mortal Kombat, if you don't expect campy, then your thinking too hard.
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12:31PM on 04/19/2011
So far this series is lol terrible.
So far this series is lol terrible.
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11:19AM on 04/19/2011
Goro did my head in he looked like a plasticine toy created by a kid
Goro did my head in he looked like a plasticine toy created by a kid
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4:52AM on 04/19/2011

bleh.

I'm not on board. That youtube series is fucking terrible. Even with a low budget, they can't even do simple shit right.
I'm not on board. That youtube series is fucking terrible. Even with a low budget, they can't even do simple shit right.
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10:07AM on 04/19/2011
What are they not doing right for you?
What are they not doing right for you?
12:25PM on 04/19/2011
It is one episode in at the time you posted your comment... two now.

Maybe... just maybe... give it some more episodes before saying the entire series is terrible
It is one episode in at the time you posted your comment... two now.

Maybe... just maybe... give it some more episodes before saying the entire series is terrible
1:54AM on 04/19/2011
I hope they get Scorpion back. I know the actor is on "The Event"- but hopefully he can put some time aside for this..
I hope they get Scorpion back. I know the actor is on "The Event"- but hopefully he can put some time aside for this..
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11:30PM on 04/18/2011
Man, my least favorite character has to be Jade, only because she's always beating the sh*t out of me on MK 3; she definitely pisses me off...f*cking b*tch
Man, my least favorite character has to be Jade, only because she's always beating the sh*t out of me on MK 3; she definitely pisses me off...f*cking b*tch
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11:26PM on 04/18/2011
I'm one of the fans of this series.. and while some of the acting/fight choreography is understandably cheesy and a tad amateur looking, it really held my interest.

It's a very cool and original perspective on a massively popular franchise.. and usually tinkering things like that are hard to do. I'm one of the people that feels like studios are trying too hard to capture the "feel and tone" of Nolan's Batman films and everyone is rushing to greenlight a "dark and grittier" franchise reboot.
I'm one of the fans of this series.. and while some of the acting/fight choreography is understandably cheesy and a tad amateur looking, it really held my interest.

It's a very cool and original perspective on a massively popular franchise.. and usually tinkering things like that are hard to do. I'm one of the people that feels like studios are trying too hard to capture the "feel and tone" of Nolan's Batman films and everyone is rushing to greenlight a "dark and grittier" franchise reboot. This is actually a positive for a series like MK, where the darker they get the better it gets (IMO). While this takes the MK series out of it's arena-style fighting element; I welcome that change. You can't carbon copy the game onto film.. it wouldn't work too well.

My only gripe is to add more magic and fantasy. I'd like to see more of the realm of the supernatural.
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