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New Line is rebooting Mortal Kombat with Legacy shorts director Kevin Tancharoen

Sep. 29, 2011by: Niki Stephens

I remember when I used to write about the Mortal Kombat reboot over a period of two months. It never ended up happening but instead we got a sweet ass trailer that led into a web series.

I was really excited about that web series until I actually watched it. It was not so great, unless I was missing something. Kevin Tancharoen served as director on both and Oren Uziel wrote the script for the MORTAL KOMBAT: REBIRTH trailer. Now the pair are being brought back together again to reboot the MORTAL KOMBAT franchise for the big screen.

Details were scarce and this all that was offered: "There is no actor attached and the new story will not serve as an extension of the game or digital series."

Does that mean that we can't have Michael Jai White and Jeri Ryan on board for this? Also, I am all for the corniness that MORTAL KOMBAT movies bring. I loved Paul W.S. Anderson's original adaptation. But why was I not as happy with the web series? Does the old MORTAL KOMBAT serve as delicious nostalgia for me or did I not give MK: LEGACY a fair chance? I'm open to try it again.

Just wondering if we will get the same realistic character approach on this one. Just don't bring back Sheeva.

Extra Tidbit: Who is the most useless character in the Mortal Kombat universe?
Source: DeadlineTHR

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1:01PM on 09/30/2011
Great news! But I guess this means we won't be able to see the webisodes get to the actual tournament?
Great news! But I guess this means we won't be able to see the webisodes get to the actual tournament?
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12:37PM on 09/30/2011

this sucks

Why does everything nowadays have to be "realistic" and "dark" in order to be considered good ? MK doesnt' belong in the real world, it's supposed to be an unrealistic,over the top fantasy, with elements of dark humour.
Why does everything nowadays have to be "realistic" and "dark" in order to be considered good ? MK doesnt' belong in the real world, it's supposed to be an unrealistic,over the top fantasy, with elements of dark humour.
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12:19PM on 09/30/2011
i didn't like the web series either...i'm open to another film...but the web series got boring after the first trailer.
i didn't like the web series either...i'm open to another film...but the web series got boring after the first trailer.
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11:42AM on 09/30/2011

GREAT FUCKING NEWS

YES!!!
YES!!!
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11:15AM on 09/30/2011

Are you stoned?

For what it was (a low budget web series) Legacy was phenomenal. You're expectations were too high or something because some episodes were amazingly faithful to the games (Scorpion and Sub-Zero) while others added a fresh twist (Raiden). Were you expecting too much because the Rebirth trailer was so great? Either way, Tancharoen did an amazing job for what he had to work with. As far as this new reboot goes, I'm always up for some more Mortal Kombat as long as it is done decently. With
For what it was (a low budget web series) Legacy was phenomenal. You're expectations were too high or something because some episodes were amazingly faithful to the games (Scorpion and Sub-Zero) while others added a fresh twist (Raiden). Were you expecting too much because the Rebirth trailer was so great? Either way, Tancharoen did an amazing job for what he had to work with. As far as this new reboot goes, I'm always up for some more Mortal Kombat as long as it is done decently. With Tancharoen at the helm, I don't think there is much to worry about.
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8:02AM on 09/30/2011
"...the new story will not serve as an extension of the game or digital series."

Ermm... how would any Mortal Kombat movie not act as an extension of the game? Even if it uses some of the 'real world' ideas from the digital series, it's still gonna be loosely based on the game's universe, surely?
"...the new story will not serve as an extension of the game or digital series."

Ermm... how would any Mortal Kombat movie not act as an extension of the game? Even if it uses some of the 'real world' ideas from the digital series, it's still gonna be loosely based on the game's universe, surely?
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3:59AM on 09/30/2011

I agree

I really really wanted to like the webseries but it came off as having the problem i think a lot of movie adaptations are having: it tried to make a silly premise serious. Even the okay ones were boring while the original movie know what is was and had fun with it. The webseries was just a dull lifeless fanfic :(
I really really wanted to like the webseries but it came off as having the problem i think a lot of movie adaptations are having: it tried to make a silly premise serious. Even the okay ones were boring while the original movie know what is was and had fun with it. The webseries was just a dull lifeless fanfic :(
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2:58AM on 09/30/2011

Love It!

I loved the Web Series! I thought the downfalls for the most part were due to the obvious lack of money for top special effects, but the vision I loved!
I loved the Web Series! I thought the downfalls for the most part were due to the obvious lack of money for top special effects, but the vision I loved!
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12:27AM on 09/30/2011
The web series was overall pretty good I thought. Not always perfect, but it's the best live action MK to date.
Now extend that over 2hrs with a bigger budget and it should be really good!
The web series was overall pretty good I thought. Not always perfect, but it's the best live action MK to date.
Now extend that over 2hrs with a bigger budget and it should be really good!
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12:16AM on 09/30/2011
That trailer was really good, but the web series was pretty lame.

Most worthless character is Jade. Come on, not only is she the third installment of the same character but Mileena is already the evil ninja chick.
That trailer was really good, but the web series was pretty lame.

Most worthless character is Jade. Come on, not only is she the third installment of the same character but Mileena is already the evil ninja chick.
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12:10AM on 09/30/2011

For the record...

Rebirth > Legacy
Rebirth > Legacy
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10:49PM on 09/29/2011

Get Over Here!!!

I really like the web-series. It's far from being perfect, but it's fun and original and that's what matters. As for the movie, I'd love to see something closer to the videogames in terms of mysticism and violence. We've seen the corny, cartoon-like Anderson version. We've seen the more realistic, modern web-series. Now it's time to merge the two and get the Mortal Kombat movie that we've all been waiting to see.
I really like the web-series. It's far from being perfect, but it's fun and original and that's what matters. As for the movie, I'd love to see something closer to the videogames in terms of mysticism and violence. We've seen the corny, cartoon-like Anderson version. We've seen the more realistic, modern web-series. Now it's time to merge the two and get the Mortal Kombat movie that we've all been waiting to see.
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8:18PM on 09/29/2011
My only - ONLY - gripe with MK Legacy was the ever-pretentious shaky cam that doesn't seem to be dying quickly enough. Other than that, the acting, action, designs, and stories were all good enough and/or fucking excellent.
My only - ONLY - gripe with MK Legacy was the ever-pretentious shaky cam that doesn't seem to be dying quickly enough. Other than that, the acting, action, designs, and stories were all good enough and/or fucking excellent.
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8:01PM on 09/29/2011
First of all, anything is better than MK:Annihilation, and in all honesty I want a MK movie to feature at least some of the supernatural and unexplained. This can't be grounded in reality.. it just won't work and it'll take away so much of what makes MK awesome.

I'm cautious but excited about the opportunity to see a really cool franchise brought to the big screen in the right way.
First of all, anything is better than MK:Annihilation, and in all honesty I want a MK movie to feature at least some of the supernatural and unexplained. This can't be grounded in reality.. it just won't work and it'll take away so much of what makes MK awesome.

I'm cautious but excited about the opportunity to see a really cool franchise brought to the big screen in the right way.
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7:48PM on 09/29/2011

@Tidbit. Definitely Stryker

As for the reboot they should focus it on Scorpion, Sub-Zero and the rest of the Ninja clans, and it should feature lots of mysticism, and brutal fight sequences. We've already seen the Liu Kang driven version.
As for the reboot they should focus it on Scorpion, Sub-Zero and the rest of the Ninja clans, and it should feature lots of mysticism, and brutal fight sequences. We've already seen the Liu Kang driven version.
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7:36PM on 09/29/2011
I would like a movie that is a combination of some kind between fantasy and gritty realism. After all, Mortal Kombat is set both on Earth and Outworld.
I would like a movie that is a combination of some kind between fantasy and gritty realism. After all, Mortal Kombat is set both on Earth and Outworld.
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7:23PM on 09/29/2011
Some of the webisodes werent great. But the Jax ones were ok (White just isnt that good of an actor), the Raiden one was badass, and the Scorpion/SubZero ones were cool to although I thought the characters should have been reversed (SubZero as the hero)
Some of the webisodes werent great. But the Jax ones were ok (White just isnt that good of an actor), the Raiden one was badass, and the Scorpion/SubZero ones were cool to although I thought the characters should have been reversed (SubZero as the hero)
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10:55PM on 09/29/2011
that actually would change the whole reason why scorpion became scorpion... it wasnt Sub Zero but Quan chi as they touched on in the Web Series.
that actually would change the whole reason why scorpion became scorpion... it wasnt Sub Zero but Quan chi as they touched on in the Web Series.
7:21PM on 09/29/2011
Idk. I think I would rather see a big budget fantasy world epic thats R rated. Not some gritty realistic setting.
Idk. I think I would rather see a big budget fantasy world epic thats R rated. Not some gritty realistic setting.
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7:04PM on 09/29/2011

They were ok

They didn't really have enough time to get into the meat of it all to be honest.

I don't get the complaints about them web-series bringing the mysticism and such back to it though. That's what Mortal Kombat IS, if you're going to get rid of the cheesy b-movie plot and supernatural elements, why bother making it "Mortal Kombat" at all? Just make your own separate street fighting tournament movie. The source material is what is is, either use it or don't bother. That was always the director's
They didn't really have enough time to get into the meat of it all to be honest.

I don't get the complaints about them web-series bringing the mysticism and such back to it though. That's what Mortal Kombat IS, if you're going to get rid of the cheesy b-movie plot and supernatural elements, why bother making it "Mortal Kombat" at all? Just make your own separate street fighting tournament movie. The source material is what is is, either use it or don't bother. That was always the director's intention if he got the project greenlit, he made the "teaser" just as an idea to show how gritty it could be, his plan was to always go back to the idea of Mortal vs supernatural Outworld Kombatants..
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7:11PM on 09/29/2011
What video game movies stick to the source material? Have you not seen the Resident Evils....They don't follow the game at ALL. Sure they may have characters from the game shoveled in somewhere, but those movies raped the source material.
What video game movies stick to the source material? Have you not seen the Resident Evils....They don't follow the game at ALL. Sure they may have characters from the game shoveled in somewhere, but those movies raped the source material.
7:24PM on 09/29/2011
halflife-Lets not use other video game movies as examples considering they all suck.
halflife-Lets not use other video game movies as examples considering they all suck.
7:49PM on 09/29/2011
Sadly yes I've seen the first two Resident Evils. And if any series could've done with sticking to the source material, of a creepy, slow building, zombie infested survival horror.....it's those films. Such a shameful waste.
Sadly yes I've seen the first two Resident Evils. And if any series could've done with sticking to the source material, of a creepy, slow building, zombie infested survival horror.....it's those films. Such a shameful waste.
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7:03PM on 09/29/2011
Disagree on the web series. While some of the episodes, primarily those dealing with the mystical aspects of MK, weren't all that great, there were several that were fantastic. Among the great episodes was the 2nd one, dealing with Johnny Cage and his career, the one dealing with Raiden being in a mental hospital, the episodes with Sub Zero and Scorpion and the season finale, which had some fantastic action in it. For the most part, for a web series that adapted the Mortal Kombat mythology, the
Disagree on the web series. While some of the episodes, primarily those dealing with the mystical aspects of MK, weren't all that great, there were several that were fantastic. Among the great episodes was the 2nd one, dealing with Johnny Cage and his career, the one dealing with Raiden being in a mental hospital, the episodes with Sub Zero and Scorpion and the season finale, which had some fantastic action in it. For the most part, for a web series that adapted the Mortal Kombat mythology, the web series was quite good. Keep in mind that this WAS a web series and it WAS about the Mortal Kombat series. I will admit I would have rather seen something closer to Rebirth, but I still enjoyed Legacy.

As for the film, I am looking forward to seeing how it develops. I like Kevin's style and take on the series. He treats the mythology with respect, and MK does have a great story and mythology behind it. This isn't something that I think people, back in the day, really saw in Mortal Kombat. Now though, with the new game, I think that the story behind the games is more present and the characters can be taken a bit more seriously.
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6:53PM on 09/29/2011

The Trailer was cool...the webisodes....

I thought the original dark trailer set in a "realish" world was a cool take. But oh god...here came the webisodes that turned this idea into a syfy cheeze fest. If he kept it DARK, 'R' rated, and interesting I will be excited.

But if it's anything like those cheezy ass webisodes (which the fighting was shot like shit) I'll pass.

It's like the Director had a cool creative vision with the trailer, no budget, just an idea. Then turned Hollywood when he got funding for the webisodes.
I thought the original dark trailer set in a "realish" world was a cool take. But oh god...here came the webisodes that turned this idea into a syfy cheeze fest. If he kept it DARK, 'R' rated, and interesting I will be excited.

But if it's anything like those cheezy ass webisodes (which the fighting was shot like shit) I'll pass.

It's like the Director had a cool creative vision with the trailer, no budget, just an idea. Then turned Hollywood when he got funding for the webisodes.
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6:30PM on 09/29/2011

I'M ALL FOR IT IF

the reboot is more like "Batman Begins" in terms of gritty realism and less like the "Street Fighter" one two years back.

Matt Mullins made for a good Johnny Cage, and I totally agree on bringing back the underused Michael Jai White. Should've been a big action star after "Spawn" kicked in.
the reboot is more like "Batman Begins" in terms of gritty realism and less like the "Street Fighter" one two years back.

Matt Mullins made for a good Johnny Cage, and I totally agree on bringing back the underused Michael Jai White. Should've been a big action star after "Spawn" kicked in.
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