Must Watch: The Badass Mortal Kombat: Rebirth Viral Video
by Alex Billington
June 8, 2010
not for a movie. Yes, it's real (as in, not created by fans, as far as we know). A new Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short film has been catching fire around the web today, mainly because it's a gritty, badass take on a video game franchise everyone loves. We don't know too much about this yet, but it's most likely not for a movie, despite starring Michael Jai White (aka Black Dynamite) as Jax. And although we've written about a Mortal Kombat movie being in the works, we're 99% sure this is for a new Mortal Kombat video game that is being announced at E3 next week. That said, this is awesome to watch, so check it out! Updates below.
We normally don't cover anything video game related, but I've been emailed about this video so many times today, I decided to throw it up anyway for your viewing pleasure. We don't know who directed this, but boy does it look absolutely gorgeous. Given that video game sites like Kotaku have covered it as well, there's no question that it's for a video game (although it would be pretty cool to see this progress into a movie). Then again, Warner Bros better take note of who directed this and hire them when/if they ever do make another movie, because he's pretty much the perfect director. We will let you know once we hear more. Thoughts?
Big Update: Apparently our friends at Latino Review got the big scoop on this video. It was shot by Fame director Kevin Tancharoen and is supposedly a "test video" that was made to convince Warner Brothers to give them funding for a full blown hard R Mortal Kombat movie. So it's not for a video game, but it's not part of a movie - yet, at least. Kind of like that first Tron Legacy test trailer, this was made to convince them that fans would like this gritty take (and they certainly do). "Yes, this is the direction they plan on going for the Mortal Kombat reboot," says Latino Review. Even I'm amazed by all of that news. Let's hope it's all true!