Over the summer, the Mortal Kombat franchise found itself in new territory- as a web series, directed by Kevin Tancharoen. Don’t know him? He’s directed Fame, the Glee concert-turned-film (shot in 3D), and The Pussycat Dolls-Search for the Next Doll.
Wait. This guy filmed a MK series after those?
He did, and apparently did quite well, because New Line Cinema has just announced their plans for writing a new MK movie-a conjugation with Warner Bros- keeping him as the director. While the name hasn’t yet been released- the base idea for it is to feature a more ‘realistic’ approach to the characters- that is, a grittier, bloodier, meaner version than what the 90’s films had to offer.
“The new game and the online shorts have prompted us to consider a reboot of a brand we hadn’t been actively thinking about,” New Line president Toby Emmerich says during a press interview with LA Times.
Tancharoen says when asked about the ‘realistic’ approach: “I like realistic takes on things, I like it when it’s a little darker and grittier. And I want the martial arts to feel real as opposed to balletic and super-choreographed. It needs to feel brutal, because that’s the nature of the video game itself.”
Both Tancharoen and New Line predicts the movie will not be out until 2013, but they offer a nice seven minute trailer to hold the fans off for a little while. (Warning for both videos: Not for sensitive ears)
Curious about the MK web series? Here’s the first episode!Mortal Kombat: Legacy