Login | Signup

Daily Bite: New Mortal Kombat?

Matt Gardner
Daily Bite, Mortal Kombat

A little bit of a news crossover piece, this one. Yesterday evening, Kotaku posted up a video - clocking in at just under 8 minutes - which showcased a bunch of encouragingly familiar faces putting on a bit of a show that will no doubt delight Mortal Kombat fans everywhere. Whether it's a live-action trailer arriving as a precursor to the new game that Ed Boon has been muttering about for some time, or whether it's a lengthy prelude to the film reboot idea that Warner Bros. were throwing around a little while back, we know not.

Either way, we're incredibly excited. Forget the rather camp movie adaptations to date (even though the original has a special place in my heart), this is all gritty realism, psychotic killers, gory fatalities, sinister lighting and bone-crunching action. Whatever this trailer is announcing...we want it!

Update 09/06/2010: It has transpired, largely thanks to a series of tweets courtesy of Star Trek: Voyager's Jeri Ryan, who played Sonya Blade in the clip below, that the video is not a trailer for anything in particular at the moment, but rather an independent pitch from director Kevin Tancharoen designed to convey the new perspective he'd like to bring to the series to the suits at Warner Bros.

Gaming Target pulled a few of Ryan's tweets this morning:

  • "WOW. I see it's been an interesting day while I was on set without internet access!"
  • "Okay, so... Mortal Kombat."
  • "It's not a game trailer. Actually was made for the director to sell WB on his vision for a reimagined MK film."
  • "More MK FAQs: I did it as a favor to a friend. No idea yet what WB's reaction to it was. And I'm not sure how you can contact WB..."
  • "...(cont.) to push them to make it. But you guys are resourceful...! ;-)"

The fact that this isn't a 'proper' trailer doesn't make this any less exciting at all. It's clear that Tancharoen is really up for rebooting the series in an interesting and kick-ass way. Time for us to make some noise!

[via YouTube] - Props to Dealspwn reader ASL for picking up early on Ryan's news this morning.

Add a comment8 comments
Jax  Jun. 9, 2010 at 10:12

You do realise this has been talked about (and on IMDB) for atleast 6-10 years. Talk about up to date news!

Matt Gardner  Jun. 9, 2010 at 10:20

That means very little. I wish a listing on IMDB meant that a movie was on the way but as one of the handful of Arrested Development fans who hungered for a big screen version I've been burned before. Film production isn't quite that simple sadly.

The vid is new...hence the excitement.

ASL  Jun. 9, 2010 at 10:35

its actually an independant production as a pitch to WB for how he wants MK to be rebooted.


Matt Gardner  Jun. 9, 2010 at 11:08

Yeah saw that almost immediately after posting above.

I really hope WB seriously consider it! Couldn't give a damn about a Gears movie or an Uncharted film, but for some reason this has got me ridiculously psyched.

Updating now.

Brendan Griffiths  Jun. 9, 2010 at 11:44

This looks like a big pile of......WIN!

I want it. I like the (if rather cliche) shadowy look to it. Loved the first movie, the second was ok. I've even got a few DVDs of the series which I sort of enjoyed despite my better instincts telling me it was awful.

Just keep Uwe Boll away and it'll be fine.

Jonathan Lester  Jun. 9, 2010 at 11:49

Agreed. Considering that everyone on the ENTIRE INTERNET is saying that they'd watch this film, WB would be missing a trick if they didn't at least consider it.

And yes. Boll ruins everything he touches...though at least he's up front about being a German tax-dodging scheme/money launderer rather than a bonafide director. God bless those German film subsidies- the worse the movie, the more tax-deductions the shareholders get!

ASL  Jun. 9, 2010 at 12:54

Yeah i think it looks great, though i do have to disagree. an uncharted film would be epic and the best person for it would be Joe Flanigan from Stargate Atlantis... he is nathan drake!

Matt Gardner  Jun. 9, 2010 at 14:16

One for a fellow Atlantis fan...



Leave a Trackback from your own site

Email Address:

You don't need an account to comment. Just enter your email address. We'll keep it private.