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The Mortal Kombat web series is kicking into production

02.14.2011

That live-action MORTAL KOMBAT - REBIRTH short film that arrived last summer proved to be exceptionally popular, and since the game's roster of oddities and all the gratuitously gruesome action are returning to consoles in April, it's also a perfect method of giving KOMBAT fans an extra dose of bloodshed.

A digital MORTAL KOMBAT - REBIRTH series is currently underway in Vancouver, and brings back chief asskicker Michael Jai White (BLACK DYNAMITE) and sexy ex-Borg Jeri Ryan to reprise their parts as Jackson 'Jax' Briggs and Sonya Blade.

Also adding to the fisticuffs as Kano is Darren Shahlavi, who appeared in 300 and played the villain in IP MAN 2.

Returning behind the camera is Kevin Tancharoen (who probably got more attention from his MK short than for directing the recent FAME remake). "It’s extremely gratifying to have such talented actors playing these iconic roles," said Kevin Tancharoen, Director, Producer and Co-Writer of the new series. "They will bring the essence of ‘Mortal Kombat’ to life and gamers will be deeply immersed into the game’s universe."

Each episode will provide never-before-revealed insights into characters featured in the upcoming videogame as well as the game’s universe, and "delve deep into the history of the warriors", including Johnny Cage, Scorpion, Sub Zero and Liu Kang. While it's unclear if the new series will keep or ignore the events of the original fan film (below), it will retain a similar tone and visual approach.

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Extra Tidbit: I can't even read the words MORTAL KOMBAT without hearing that theme song shouting in my head...
Source: Warner Bros.

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1:56AM on 02/15/2011

Fuck yeah!

It's good to see an MK web series coming our way. The short was well made with visual style incorporating elements of film noir and gritty realism with Larnell Stovall's Undisputed style of fight choreography, all of which I'm a huge fan. The actors aren't that good, barring Jeri Ryan, but should work out fine for a web series.
It's good to see an MK web series coming our way. The short was well made with visual style incorporating elements of film noir and gritty realism with Larnell Stovall's Undisputed style of fight choreography, all of which I'm a huge fan. The actors aren't that good, barring Jeri Ryan, but should work out fine for a web series.
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6:01AM on 02/15/2011
this looks sweet!!!
this looks sweet!!!
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8:15AM on 02/15/2011
Would love to have a good new Mortal Kombat movie. There are so many ways for one to be made and be successful.
Would love to have a good new Mortal Kombat movie. There are so many ways for one to be made and be successful.
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8:26AM on 02/15/2011
I think I'm actually trying to sing THE song right now.
I think I'm actually trying to sing THE song right now.
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3:15PM on 02/16/2011
Woah, slow down there buddy. If I remember right there was only 2 lyrics to sing, it went something like...... "Mortal Kombat". There you go, I just sang the lyrics for you (and even that would be referred to as a sample).
Woah, slow down there buddy. If I remember right there was only 2 lyrics to sing, it went something like...... "Mortal Kombat". There you go, I just sang the lyrics for you (and even that would be referred to as a sample).
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10:00AM on 02/15/2011
I'm very psyched about this!
I'm very psyched about this!
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10:08AM on 02/15/2011
I'm glad they got Michael Jai White and Jeri Ryan on board after all. I was under the impression they were only involved for the promo. I'm really looking forward to this now. At first I was bummed out that it was only going to be a web series, but this new update has got me interested again. I hope they can get the guy who played Scorpion as well.
I'm glad they got Michael Jai White and Jeri Ryan on board after all. I was under the impression they were only involved for the promo. I'm really looking forward to this now. At first I was bummed out that it was only going to be a web series, but this new update has got me interested again. I hope they can get the guy who played Scorpion as well.
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10:30AM on 02/15/2011
Is Ian Anthony Dale coming back as Scorpion?
Is Ian Anthony Dale coming back as Scorpion?
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10:37AM on 02/15/2011

This will be cool...

but why not just make a movie?
but why not just make a movie?
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