Director Kevin Tancharoen Leaves MORTAL KOMBAT Franchise

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Director Kevin Tancharoen was instrumental in reviving interest in a live-action adaptation of the video game series Mortal Kombat.  His test film, Mortal Kombat Rebirth, was a grittier take on the material than the 1995 adaptation, and when the footage when viral it eventually led to the Mortal Kombat: Legacy webseries.  In 2011, New Line Cinema hired Tancharoen to direct a new MK feature film, but that was made somewhat difficult by the rights being in legal limbo.

If a Mortal Kombat film reboot ever does get off the ground, it will be without Tancharoen.  Today, he tweeted, “After 3 years of Kombat,I’ve decided to move on to other creative opportunities. I wish everyone involved in the movie big success. Thanks!”  It’s always a bummer to see someone who’s so passionate about a project decide that he has to move on, but we wish him the best in his future endeavors.  As for Kombat fans, please applaud us for not using the word “Fatality” in our headline.

First Trailer for MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY Season 2

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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.

MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY Web Series to Return in Q2 2013

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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.

Cosplay at London Comic-Con: Check Out Over 100 Pictures Featuring STAR WARS, DOCTOR WHO, BATMAN, PORTAL and More

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One of my favorite things about Comic-Con are all the people that cosplay.  Since I’d never been to a convention outside the United States, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I went to London Comic-Con yesterday afternoon.  Would anyone dress up?  Are fans in London the same as the rest of the world?  After spending hours walking around the convention, I’m happy to report geeks and nerds are the same no matter where you live.

However, while many at London Comic-Con cosplay, I found more people dressed up as their favorite anime/manga/video game character instead of a movie/TV show character.  Since I only attended London Comic-Con yesterday, it’s possible that over the weekend, the percentage would be the same.  Either way, some of the costumes were pretty great, so hit the jump to check out about 100 pictures including Doctor Who, The Last Airbender, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Thor, Portal, Batman, Zelda, Mortal Kombat, and a lot more.

Director Kevin Tancharoen Video Interview MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY

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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.

MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY Episode 4 – Kitana & Mileena (Part 1)

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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.

Exclusive Video Interview with MORTAL KOMBAT Co-Creator Ed Boon; Talks New Game and MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY

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When Ed Boon was slaving away programming the first Mortal Kombat, I’m sure he was just hoping someone might play the game.  Now, almost twenty years later, Mortal Kombat has become one of the biggest video game franchises of all time and with a new game and a nine-part web series (Mortal Kombat: Legacy), the franchise shows no signs of slowing down.

Last week I got to sit down with Boon to talk about all things Mortal Kombat.  We covered making the new game, the fatalities and violence in the series, his thoughts on director Kevin Tancharoen’s short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth and the new web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy, and does he think we’ll ever get a cool Mortal Kombat movie.  Hit the jump to watch.

MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY Episode Two

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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.

Exclusive: Michael Jai White Talks MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY, Directing NEVER BACK DOWN 2, and BLACK DYNAMITE 2

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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 MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY Is Online

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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.

Exclusive: Jeri Ryan Talks MORTAL KOMBAT: REBIRTH & MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY, ABC’s BODY OF PROOF and Karaoke

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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.

Popular Video Game Characters Audition Their Fatalities for MORTAL KOMBAT Series

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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.

First Clip From MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY

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If I didn’t tell you the first clip from the upcoming web-series Mortal Kombat: Legacy (based off last year’s popular short Mortal Kombat: Rebirth) was from Mortal Kombat: Legacy, you would likely never figure it out.  There’s no special moves, no gore, or any other trademark the Mortal Kombat video games are known for.  It looks like a scene from the world’s most generic action movie so I assumed at some point a person would break the fourth wall and ask me to please silence my cell phone.

Hit the jump to check out the clip, but if you’re expecting bionic arms or heart-ripping fatalities, you’re going to be sorely disappointed.  Mortal Kombat: Legacy premieres April 12th on Machinima.com.

Michael Jai White and Jeri Ryan Cast in MORTAL KOMBAT Web-Series

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In round one, we brought you the announcement that Warner Premiere would be developing a live-action Mortal Kombat web-series based off of director Kevin Tancharoen’s popular short, Mortal Kombat: Rebirth. In round two, we’re bringing you news that the series will feature both Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager) and Michael Jai White (Black Dynamite) reprising their roles as Lt. Sonya Blade and Major Jackson “Jax” Briggs, respectively. Joining them will be Darren Shalahvi (300), playing the protagonists’ common enemy, Kano.

Tancharoen is returning to direct the series and promises to keep the gritty and brutal storytelling that made the original short so popular. The series will look to deepen the backstory of the Mortal Kombat universe and give fans a whole new perspective of their favorite characters.   For more info about the project from Tancharoen and a look at the next video game incarnation of Mortal Kombat, GET OVER HERE! and hit the jump.

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