Earlier today, Warner Premiere announced the development of its live-action Mortal Kombat digital series. Directed by Mortal Kombat: Rebirth creator Kevin Tancharoen (who also directed the 2008 dance film Fame), the web series will begin shooting in Vancouver next month and will be available through online retailers this spring. Per the press release from Warner, the series will “take gamers deep into the history of warriors they know and love.” As for those warriors, the release cites characters such as Scorpion, Johnny Cage, and Liu Kang as key members of the series (no love for Sonya Blade?).
For more on the upcoming series, hit the jump to check out both the press release and the Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short.
Here’s the press release:
WARNER PREMIERE ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF
“MORTAL KOMBAT” LIVE-ACTION DIGITAL SERIES
BURBANK, CALIF., January 24, 2011 – Warner Premiere today announced development of a live-action digital series based on the best-selling Mortal Kombat videogame franchise. Directed by Kevin Tancharoen, known for his popular unofficial fan short Mortal Kombat: Rebirth which garnered over 10 million views online, and in conjunction with the upcoming Mortal Kombat videogame, this action-packed, digital series will take gamers deep into the history of warriors they know and love such as Scorpion, Johnny Cage and Liu Kang. Shooting for the digital series will take place in Vancouver starting in early February.
Mortal Kombat is one of the most celebrated videogame franchises of all time. Since its debut in 1992, it has spawned four arcade games, 10 console-based videogame titles, two movies (Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation), two televisions series (Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm and Mortal Kombat: Conquest) and an animated prequel Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins. Additionally, a newMortal Kombat game will be coming out April 19, 2011 on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
Available this spring through online digital retailers from Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, the Mortal Kombat digital series is an anthology of multiple live action shorts, each providing never-before-revealed insights into characters featured in the upcoming videogame as well as the game’s universe. Additional details, including casting, will be announced in the coming weeks.
The latest iteration of the award-winning videogame, Mortal Kombat, marks a triumphant return to the series’ mature presentation and a reinvention of its classic 2D fighting mechanic. Driven by an all new graphics engine, the fan favorite Fatality is back and presented in more gory detail than ever before. In addition, Mortal Kombat introduces a number of new game-play features including tag team and a deep story mode. Mortal Kombat is being developed by NetherRealm Studios, led by Mortal Kombat creator and creative director Ed Boon.
In case you missed it and are wondering what Tancharoen may have in mind for the Mortal Kombat universe, here’s his Rebirth short: