Warner Bros. Digital released the first trailer for season two of Kevin Tancharoen‘s web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy this weekend. Here’s the synopsis:
“The Mortal Kombat Legacy continues in Season 2 as Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Kenshi, and Ermac join the ranks. The rivalries and histories of these fierce warriors will unfold as Raiden and his recruits clash against the dark forces of Outworld. The epic battle for Earthrealm has finally begun.”
The production values look good, so I can see why this is a hit with fans of the game. There is no set premiere date yet, but the painful wordplay at the end of the clip promises the ten episodes of season two are “Koming Soon.” Watch the trailer after the jump.
Warner Bros. Digital has announced that the popular web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy is set to premiere in the second quarter of 2013. Kevin Tancharoen will return to direct, and the series will star Harry Shum Jr. as Kuai Liang, Casper Van Dien as Johnny Cage, Brian Tee as Liu Kang, Ian Anthony Dale as Scorpion, and Cary Tagawa as Shang Tsung. The first clip from Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2 will premiere at the 2013 Streamy Awards on February 17th.
Hit the jump for the press release. I didn’t watch any of the first season, but if it featured Babalities or Friendships, I will go buy it right now.
To say Lionsgate’s adaptation of The Hunger Games was a highly sought-after directing gig would be an understatement. A number of filmmakers lobbied for the opportunity to bring Suzanne Collins’ novel to life on the big screen, and in doing so many of them put together “pitch trailers” in order to explain their vision for the film. These videos are made all the time, but are rarely seen by the public. When director Joe Carnahan realized that his iteration of Daredevil wouldn’t be coming to fruition at Fox, he graciously released the sizzle reel that he put together online. Some of these videos are made entirely out of existing footage, while other filmmakers invest quite a bit of money to create their own footage and animatics for the reel.
Director Kevin Tancharoen’s pitch for The Hunger Games is a case of the latter, and the video pitch for his vision of the film has now been released online. Hit the jump to take a look.
Somehow it all started with what was basically a fan-film, but Mortal Kombat will be getting a live-action reboot feature film. In January 2010, we reported that Warner Bros. was considering a new Mortal Kombat movie and hired Oren Uziel to write the script. In June, director Kevin Tancharoen (Fame) teamed with Uziel to put together an unauthorized viral short film as a calling card to reboot the franchise. That short film blossomed into the ten-part web-series Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, written by Uziel and directed by Tancharoen. Now the web-series has finally brought forth the film reboot. Deadline reports that New Line Cinema, which is owned by Warner Bros., has picked up the movie. Fittingly, Uziel will write the script and Tancharoen will direct. While Tancharoen’s take was a little too serious for my tastes, it’s neat to see the journey of this movie and how their dedicated effort has come to fruition. The LA Times adds that Warner Bros. is aiming to release the reboot in 2013 and hopes to have it coincide with the release of the next Mortal Kombat video game.
Now we’ll see if cast members Michael Jai White (Jax), Jeri Ryan (Sonya Blade), Matt Mullins (Johnny Cage), Ian Anthony Dale (Scorpion), and Lateef Crowder (Baraka) will make it to the feature film. Plot details are currently under wraps and I’m curious to see if Mortal Kombat: Rebirth will serve as a prequel, get expanded into a feature, or will be set aside altogether. No matter what direction the reboot takes, it’s time to brush up on your fatalities.
As if the world couldn’t get enough “Gleeking” (I’m pretty sure that’s actually when you projectile spit out of your mouth), we will soon be served a hot platter of the acclaimed sing-a-long high school drama not only on the silver screen, but in the third dimension as well. Only a little bit of footage was shown, but people went nuts over it. I never knew there were so many fans of Glee at Comic-Con. That is, until I became witness to the hundreds of shrieking fans reacting to a short clip from the upcoming Glee: The 3D Concert Movie like it was the second coming of Jesus. It was apparent that some Gleeks are just as diehard crazy as the majority of us nerds walking the convention floor. But no, it won’t just be a 2-hour episode of Glee. Think Justin Bieber Never Say Never meets a smaller group of slightly older but equally crazed female fans.
Check out the trailer here. Hit the jump to find out more details on the footage shown as well as what the cast had to say during their panel about the upcoming season, including whether or not the graduating seniors will be leaving the show.
Aside from the latest in TV and movies, Comic-Con also provides exclusive looks at cutting edge digital media series. Today, we saw the first look at a trailer for H+, a new web series produced by Bryan Singer (X-Men: First Class). H+, directed by Stewart Handler (Sorority Row), is a near-future sci-fi series about what happens to our society when the ultimate in social media technology turns against us. The scope of both the narrative and the production value look to elevate digital media series to a new level. Additionally, director Kevin Tancharoen debuted the last episode in the Mortal Kombat: Legacy digital series that has been running on Machinima.com. Hit the jump to see where you can find these exclusive videos and also a great surprise for fans of Mortal Kombat the video game.
The trailer for Glee: The 3D Concert Movie is now available online and it looks pretty much like I expected: Justin Bieber: Never Say Never with the cast of Glee substituted in. Directed by Kevin Tancharoen (Fame), the film will feature such iTunes friendly covers as: “Don’t Stop Believin’”, “I’m a Slave 4 U,” “Raise Your Glass,” “Teenage Dream,” and “Lucky.” The pic also throws some original songs into the mix in the form of “Loser Like Me” and “Hell to the No!” (news which, I assume, means something to fans of the series).
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Featuring series stars such as Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Dianna Agron, and Cory Monteith, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie opens its two-week theatrical engagement on August 12th.
Just before director Kevin Tancharoen’s Mortal Kombat: Legacy nine-part web series premiered, I got to sit down with him to talk about how the project came together. At the time, I hadn’t seen any of the episodes, so my questions were more general than specific. However, we still discussed the level of violence in the shorts, what rules and regulations did he have to deal with, what Easter Eggs should fans look out for, do the episodes all tie together (they do), and if he’s able to make a Mortal Kombat feature film…what would the rating be. Hit the jump to watch.
The fourth episode of director Kevin Tancharoen’s Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series has hit the net and it focuses on Kitana (Sam Tjhia) and Mileena (Jolene Tran). The episode also features our first look at Baraka.
While the last two weeks were censored when they first hit the net (which makes zero sense as this is based on a game that is famous for its blood and fatalities), the fourth episode has been released uncensored. Also, unlike the last few episodes that were all live-action, episode four features animation mixed with live-action. It’s also part one of two. Hit the jump to check it out. You can click here for all our previous Mortal Kombat: Legacy coverage which features interviews with the cast and all the previous episodes.
The third episode of Kevin Tancharoen’s Mortal Kombat: Legacy has been released and it focuses on Johnny Cage. If you’re an actor that used to be popular and is now struggling to get a job, you’ll appreciate this episode. Especially the ending. But for everyone else, it’s just a big set up. Hit the jump to watch.
The second episode of director Kevin Tancharoen’s Mortal Kombat: Legacy has been released and if you were worried the web series would be PG and not show any blood, this episode will make you happy. Also, this is the first one to use a “fatality.” While I wasn’t sure how Tancharoen would portray a fatality in a real world setting, I think he figured out a great way to do it. After all, it would be very weird to all of a sudden hear an announcer scream “finish him!”
While each of the nine episodes will focus on the different characters in the Mortal Kombat universe, this one continues where the first one left off and it’s got Michael Jai White as Major Jackson ‘Jax’ Briggs, Jeri Ryan as Lt. Sonya Blade and Darren Shahlavi as Kano. Hit the jump to watch.
With Warner Premiere’s nine part Mortal Kombat live–action digital series premiering today (a new episode will launch every week), the studio held a press junket yesterday in Beverly Hills and I got to speak with Jeri Ryan, Michael Jai White, director Kevin Tancharoen and game creator Ed Boom.
As most of you know, Tancharoen and the same cast filmed Mortal Kombat: Rebirth last year and the success of the short led Warner Premiere to offer Tancharoen the job helming the new series Mortal Kombat: Legacy. While the short film was a tease at what Tancharoen wanted to do with a feature, the web series is being released in conjunction with the new Mortal Kombat video game and it’s goal is to offer gamers the history of the warriors they know and love. Obviously if the new series is a success, I’m sure we’ll get more installments. But I’m still hoping that Tancharoen will get the keys to a hard R feature…
During my interview with White we talked about how the project came together and the reaction to the short film, how much freedom they had making the web series, the action scenes, what was it like to direct Never Back Down 2, what’s up with Black Dynamite and a sequel, and, of course, I asked what’s his karaoke song. Hit the jump to watch.
The first episode of director Kevin Tancharoen’s Mortal Kombat: Legacy has been released. While each of the nine episode web series will focus on different characters in the Mortal Kombat universe, the first one features Michael Jai White as Major Jackson ‘Jax’ Briggs and Jeri Ryan as Lt. Sonya Blade.
While I was nervous that Warner Premiere might neuter what Tancharoen did in his short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth and we’d see a PG version of Mortal Kombat, I’m happy to report the first episode has a few scenes of extreme violence. Of course the big question is…will any episode feature a “fatality”? Hit the jump to watch the first episode and if you missed my video interview with Ryan for the series, watch it here.
With Warner Premiere’s Mortal Kombat live–action digital series premiering tomorrow on Machinima.com (a new episode will launch every week), the studio held a press junket today in Beverly Hills and I got to speak with Jeri Ryan, Michael Jai White, director Kevin Tancharoen and game creator Ed Boom.
As most of you know, Tancharoen and the same cast filmed Mortal Kombat: Rebirth last year and the success of the short led Warner Premiere to offer Tancharoen the job helming the new live-action web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy. While the short film was a tease at what Tancharoen wanted to do with a feature, the web series is being released in conjunction with the new Mortal Kombat video game and it’s goal is to offer gamers the history of the warriors they know and love. Obviously if the new series is a success, I’m sure we’ll get more installments. But I’m still hoping that Tancharoen will get the keys to a hard R feature…
Anyway, during my interview with Ryan we talked about how she got involved in the project, what was it like to film all the action, is she signed for more Mortal Kombat series or even a feature, and we talked about Body of Proof on ABC and what’s her karaoke song. Hit the jump to watch.
Earlier today, Steve interviewed Mortal Kombat: Legacy director Kevin Tancharoen. While we’ll have the full interview for you soon, Tancharoen shared an amusing Mortal Kombat parody video that wonders what would happen if popular video game characters crossed over into the MK frachise. Fans of the series already know that Kratos from God of War will be in the upcoming game, but what if Mario, Pacman, or Link got to throw down some fatalities?
Hit the jump to check out the video.