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The truth behind that Mortal Kombat short film revealed

Is it 1994 all over again, because Mortal Kombat seems more popular in the last three days than it’s been in the last 10 years. Today we saw the trailer for the next MK game, which looks to return the serious to the comical violence of old. And while that’s kept us in a blood-soaked tizzy, the excitement really began with this video, cryptically released on YouTube as Mortal Kombat Rebirth two days ago. Slowly but surely the truth trickled out on what exactly this was, but only now has film site Collider gotten the whole story from the video’s director, Kevin Tancharoen.


Above: In case you missed it, here’s the intriguing video again

The short version is that he made this for around $7,500 on his own, without telling the game makers or the people who currently own the films rights, making this technically a fan film, if a very professional one. Though he did his best with special effects within his means, the down to earth nature helped him meet his vision within the budget. He was able to get actor friends to come in and appear in it, including well known thespians Jeri Ryan and Michael Jai White, the latter of which he says he definitely wants back for the feature film, were it to happen.

Kevin feels pretty great about the positive response and of course hopes to spin this project that he worked on for a couple months into a real job. When asked about what other characters he’d use, he was quick to say he didn’t want to use too many and confuse the audience, but Liu Kang, who was left out of the vid, would certainly be involved. And obviously he wants it to be an R-rated film, mostly because he understands that most fans who grew up loving the games are adults now.

One of the last interesting notes was that the director has never really done an action film before, but has lots of experience with choreographing things, just not fight scenes. He not only made the truly classic You Got Served and the recent remake of Fame, he also worked on dance routines for Madonna and Britney Spears. Don’t scoff at that less-than M-rated background, as the methods for making a dance or a fight work on film are surprisingly similar. Again, you can read the whole thing here and cross your fingers that Hollywood pays attention to the great job Kevin Tancharoen did.

Jun 10, 2010

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  • Cyberninja - June 12, 2010 4:32 p.m.

    well they should be happy they got some free publicty before they announced a new game
  • Embolado - June 11, 2010 2:51 p.m.

    Come on Tank dont let these bots litter our posts. Well it is disappoing to find out its nothing more than fan fare, here is hoping that some one in the movie industry takes notice. I know the guy is a coreographer but alot of people are multitalted and to paint him with one broad stroke as incapable is just ignorance, just look what he did with a few thousand and tons of passion, this is what is missing from game-to-movie films
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  • gilgamesh310 - June 11, 2010 10:44 a.m.

    God I hope this gets made, it looks like being by far the best videogame adaption yet!
  • HawtKakez - June 11, 2010 5:31 a.m.

    Ok, I'm ready to donate money towards this film or at least to get some towards possibly making it a series. I know it is a rediculous cause but I'm willing to take the risk for one of the most interesting re-imaginings of a classic franchise. So, who's with me?
  • InvalidUsername - June 11, 2010 3:54 a.m.

    Now I'm upset. I thought it was legit
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - June 11, 2010 3:54 a.m.

    baraka bama
  • spideralex90 - June 11, 2010 3:12 a.m.

    I hope this gets made, it looks epic. Bring MK back to its glory!
  • Hexar - June 11, 2010 2:59 a.m.

    Bwahahahaha! As one of the guys in the minority that didn't care for what the film may entail, such as taking out the extensive and integral backstory in MK to create a series with the feel of a gritty crime drama and a mere likeness to MK I couldn't help but laugh after having read about the real story behind the video. Bottom line is that this isn't going to happen. He did a good job and yeah few would dispute that it looks better than 95% of all the fan made shit out there, but it's still a damn hard sale to turn your (well made) fan film/trailer into a movie when your background is the urban dance film coreographer. Where is the script? Other than the mentioning of hoping an actor will return what about the casting? Hell has he even thought about the how to acquire the rights? Good luck with getting Warner Bros. to hand over the reigns to this guy, I'm sure you can degrade the series with your "rebirth". (I simply can't wait to see the dance off scene either!)
  • Vagrant - June 11, 2010 2:35 a.m.

    Is he really Maurissa Tancharoen's brother? 'cause that's awesome. Anyway, I thought the fight scene was really well put together and didn't do that quick-cut nonsense you see a lot these days. So he seems better at action than the directors of Quantum of Solace, Transporter 3, the last two Bourne films, etcetera etcetera.
  • Koouunn - June 11, 2010 2:31 a.m.

    teri ma the foodi, i ope this movie is amde and does get money to make it to the best of this directors ability, if he made this with 7500, imagine wat he could do if he had more money and time. my hats off to the director and hopes it will b emade
  • PhantomDave - June 11, 2010 2:15 a.m.

    A strong R-rated Kombat movie MUST be made. And I gotta say, Bravo to the dude for what he did on a meager budget. Imagine what he could do with backing. On the flip side of that...with money comes the retardedness of Hollywood wanting to change everything. Including softening the mature content to make sure they peddle crap to kiddies...
  • batman5273 - June 11, 2010 1:44 a.m.

    i wish the best of luck to the director.
  • usedforglue - June 11, 2010 1:30 a.m.

    Seriously though, I remember playing MK on my Genesis back in the day... The games were not that good. Really there shouldn't be too much to be excited about. Kudos to the creation of the MK movie tease. That was very well done.
  • 8bitBaby - June 11, 2010 1:10 a.m.

    well, it was awesome no matter what it was about. hopefully hollowood will grant him the green light and we'll see this in full.
  • Orion456 - June 11, 2010 1:08 a.m.

    Very interesting to find out it was literally fan made, just fan made with a lot of money.

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