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Must Watch: The Badass Mortal Kombat: Rebirth Viral Video

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June 8, 2010

Mortal Kombat Rebirth

No, it's 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!

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Reader Feedback - 91 Comments

1

wow....wtf....looks nice....

karub on Jun 8, 2010

2

Wow.

Denver on Jun 8, 2010

3

Damn. Mutliple nerdgasm...

nate on Jun 8, 2010

4

Looks great. Can't wait.

ProMovieBlogger on Jun 8, 2010

5

amazing

Johnny on Jun 8, 2010

6

Holy crap, now thats a Mortal Kombat movie!!!!!!! GET OVER HERE!!

rooney on Jun 8, 2010

7

I hope Sonya Doesn't go around assimilating people

Super Kyle on Jun 8, 2010

8

Is Baraka's forehead like a giant ass? Apart from that it looks better than the other one's. Seems slightly less camp than the dimension travelling originals.

Crapola on Jun 8, 2010

9

In the words of Chris Farley: "That was awesome!" make it a movie, Let Scorpion be the main character and have Sub-Zero be the villan, eventhough Sub-Zero was my favorite in the MK universe. OR They could let the two unite after he learns that Sub-Zero wasn't responsible for what happened. I wanna see more of this!!!

Xerxex on Jun 8, 2010

10

MK told in the same vein as TDK.... I like it and I hope it gains steam for some realness..

Neva Evah on Jun 8, 2010

11

what a tease.

Lazyvern on Jun 8, 2010

12

Make this movie now

Cody w on Jun 8, 2010

13

#11 its a teaser.

Xerxex on Jun 8, 2010

14

I was blown away by this video, I hope they make it, The whole new take on the characters is true to the originals and mind blowingly different, the fight scene was awesome, the gore was well placed, and the new take on the characters is interesting.

Chase on Jun 8, 2010

15

Think it looks pretty sick!!!! I'm getting ready to go in line tomorrow for tix!

tinman on Jun 8, 2010

16

#11: Agreed. HOWEVER, since this is a test video I highly doubt any of the actors here, with the exception of Michael Jai White as Jax and Jeri Ryan as Sonya, will reprise their roles in the actual movie if it eventually gets made. As a huge fan of mortal kombat during its super nintendo years, this footage does look incredible, and the down and dirty, gritty feel totally does it justice. Hope it gets picked up.

skag_boy on Jun 8, 2010

17

Very cool. Unfortunately it's very cool...for a web video.

LINKFX on Jun 8, 2010

18

OMG. WOW. Just, WOW...

Wylles on Jun 8, 2010

19

This is Mortal Kombat meets Batman Begins. Instead of supernatural beings they are psychotic serial killers. This is pretty cool but its too much of a departure from the game.

almartva on Jun 8, 2010

20

#20: yeh that was what I was thinking, they ditched the other realms/worlds.

Dean on Jun 8, 2010

21

sploosh!

curtfrmcali on Jun 8, 2010

22

Greenlight NOW!!!

Nick Sears on Jun 8, 2010

23

Acting looks terrible....

sb on Jun 8, 2010

24

This looked fucking terrible. People supporting this are the reasons almost all video game adaptations are horrendous and unfaithful. Might as well support the new Resident Evil bullshits while you're at it

Rashad on Jun 8, 2010

25

did everyone see sub-zero's face at 7:11? pure awesomeness!

GET TO DA CHOPPAAAAAA! on Jun 8, 2010

26

nooooooo, johnny cage is dead, tear. not really. but jeri ryan as sonya, interesting...hmmm...

lego on Jun 8, 2010

27

Looks great!

ZzFDKzZ on Jun 8, 2010

28

Hey Rashad ever think that we don't care what you think?

Xerxex on Jun 8, 2010

29

me likey likey, alot. looking quite promising, A bit dissapointed with actress for Sonya and I've seen movies where Micheal Jai white is much bigger than he looks in this teaser but I'm even more sold now that I know he is in it. Hope he fights, I live to see that man fighting...in movies of course. Wonder who else is in it and who plays who

Nuika on Jun 8, 2010

30

looks fuckin awesome. and we know who all the actors are in it,besides Reptile. my guess for him is....Sticky Fingaz? if so,even more awesome-er.

Edward Nygma on Jun 8, 2010

31

Now THAT is how you do a video game movie. MAKE IT!!!!

Brad Clooney on Jun 8, 2010

32

the acting is terrible? all they're doing is talking and fighting.

JP on Jun 8, 2010

33

@ #32 Then obviously you don't get these kind of movies and shouldn't be watching or commenting on them. You're clearly not the target demographic.

Brad Clooney on Jun 8, 2010

34

That was awesome, this needs to get made now

Kalil on Jun 8, 2010

35

That was incredibly sexy.

Sabes on Jun 8, 2010

36

@25, yes, and it made me extremely happy. this looks great and would definitely be an awesome reboot of a childhood favorite

Whoaaaa on Jun 8, 2010

37

Make. This. Movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kevin on Jun 8, 2010

38

This is a huge reboot!!!!! I'm in!! MAke it into a movie please!!

Joe C. on Jun 8, 2010

39

@33 i think he just meant how can the acting be terrible if theyre just talking and fighting

Hale18 on Jun 8, 2010

40

I hate mortal kombat, but this looked very interesting. They should make a movie from this teaser, hell just that little bit looks a lot better then King of fighters movie or Street fighter chun li garbage.

James on Jun 8, 2010

41

wow.. they need a better character for Sonya Blade.. = / I'm kinda disappointed!!

Sonya Blade on Jun 8, 2010

42

@ 17 Yeah I dont really think Jeri Ryan is going to do good as her role.. its weird!!! We need to get Bridgette Wilson back in here! not only was she a hottie she did good as her! for the mnost part anyways! but Jeri.. come on.. really.. = / ugh.. ewww.. No Offense.. but no way.. = /

Sonya Blade on Jun 8, 2010

43

SCORPION AS THE MAIN CHARACTER ....SOUNDS GOOD TO ME

AJ on Jun 8, 2010

44

nah... Sub Zero is technically better! more options than just a scorpion out of his hand.. you know

Sonya Blade on Jun 8, 2010

45

WHERE THE HELL DID THIS GODLINESS COME FROM?!? Seriously, this is awesome. Love to see this as a full movie.

Angry Chief on Jun 8, 2010

46

HYPE! quite a lot of good trailers popping out of nowhere recently

Kenji on Jun 8, 2010

47

Now if only they were to make this into a movie.

Duke Of Ontario on Jun 8, 2010

48

Gritty Liu Kang and Raiden, too, please?

Chocolate Supra on Jun 9, 2010

49

a better SS of sub zero http://imgur.com/rnzIu.png

ocp on Jun 9, 2010

50

Sorry guys but the story is pretty weak and the action wasn't slick. Also the video clip of the poor baby with Harlequins disease belongs to a big news channel in Pakistan and they might not like this being used w/o permission. Its a real clip from a news channel called Samaa and the clip is on Youtube. Its very disturbing, be warned.

Raj on Jun 9, 2010

51

WOW! That was awesome! That should become a movie. As nasty, violent and dark as that. What a MK movie should and would be like.

KB on Jun 9, 2010

52

OMG please make it happen!

That Guy on Jun 9, 2010

53

I read this over at TMRK.org, explains pretty much all. It appears Latino Review is saying this is a test shoot that was done "for Warner Brothers to get funding for a full blown hard 'R' MK movie." They confirm it was Kevin Tancharoen who directed it, along with revealing most of the rest of the cast. This is more likely something the director pitched to Warner Bros himself along with some industry backers. If Warner Bros. wanted it made they wouldn't have leaked it especially if it differs much from the massive marketing plan that is about to launch for Mortal Kombat 9 next week. It's very likely it is a rejected pitch that the people behind it wanted to get out to drum up some support for their vision of a Mortal Kombat remake. This was pretty sicks and I hope they make the next movie.

T on Jun 9, 2010

54

@50. since when did mortal kombat ever have a deep story. for a mortal kombat movie the story needs to be simple and good and that's it cause mk was always about the fighting. If you don't like that then mk is not for you

n7 on Jun 9, 2010

55

#50.....shut up The only movies I seen with a better fight sequence where the Bourne Trilogy...that says alot about this clip 10 minute clip

Trey M on Jun 9, 2010

56

#50.. So they may not like them using the clip for the teaser. but they ok it for show on Youtube... hmmmm.. you are basing your opinions on a Test piece which was made to showcase their ideas. Which means its not the entire story and it was only 1 fight scene to simply get their point across that there will be fighting in the movie with fatalities. like #54 said MK is not for you.

Grapedrink on Jun 9, 2010

57

fwhoar that was amazing

twispioust on Jun 9, 2010

58

Look guys I love MK. It's just that they can do better than that. Its just that I was expecting some super natural stuff in the fight, the way it's in the games. As for the You tube clip. Putting something on Youtube maybe ok as its not for commercial use but its use in this trailer might trigger a use of Intellectual Property case. If this movie gets green lit and gets a multi-million dollar budget, do you think you would let anyone use your stuff for free and without permission? Chill out guys. My opinion will not change anything. Respect to all the keyboard warriors here. Nothing personal. But you know Hollywood hasn't done justice to most of these video game movies.

Raj on Jun 9, 2010

59

Pat, That was awesome. I hope they let them make a Full Length Hard R movie. That us the ONLY way to go.

Ripper on Jun 9, 2010

60

#58....You missed the whole point of the idea...that's why you're in the EXTREME minority....MK has made like 2-3 movies based off the game...and ALL have been utter crap that felt like an insult to not only the game but we as patrons paying to view that crap. Whomever made this decided to take what we know of the charactres.....give it a fresh spin and put them in a somewhat realistic environment. Ex. why would the "god of lightening" be fighting a mortal man??? lol Anyway you expected to be "wowed" as if this was the early 90's and you were a kid in the arcade again....guess what...we that first used to play the game back in them days .....HAVE GROWN UP!!!!!!!....thats why when we saw this...the fresh take on it....the decent fight scene was refreshing you buddy are a simpleton

Trey M on Jun 9, 2010

61

Hope this gets made. I've been hankerin' for a MK movie. The fact that Scorpion is the main character blows me away with awesome, Sub-Zero has always been the semi heroic feeling one. And his new "Scorpion" is cool, it's not so fake as it's been portrayed in the past, they made it into a functional weapon now, which i'm so happy about. Bring on the MK! We need a hard R MK movie.

Hedgehog on Jun 9, 2010

62

Holy Shit! This needs to be made! Fucking amazing!

David Valdez on Jun 9, 2010

63

I would love to go see a full on movie if done like this, that was pretty freakin cool

Jimmy Love on Jun 9, 2010

64

That was fucking awesome... and perfect. Dont change anything. Dont change the actors, dont change the style, dont try to make it better... its perfect. Just make the movie already!

Dreckent on Jun 9, 2010

65

Very Dark Knight-ish, but cool. FAR better than any video game adaptation to date....

Neva Evah on Jun 9, 2010

67

Pretty cool looking. I'm hoping the main factor in this being made is whether or not it can build up hype - clearly it can garnering almost a million views on youtube in two days. I'd love to see this made.

Jessguy12 on Jun 9, 2010

68

this is all i've ever wanted but Lui kang better be in it

DoomCanoe on Jun 9, 2010

69

MORTAL KOMBAT!!!!!!!!!!

WB EXEC on Jun 9, 2010

70

this is one HARDCORE movie, i cant wait to see this movie!!!!!!!

spyder on Jun 9, 2010

71

Apparently Liu Kang won't be in it.. = / cause this is before his time.. which makes no sense.. but the guy thay plays as liu kang will be another character.. but one thing that doesn't make sense.. if this was before Liu Kangs time.. what about Sonya and Jax?? = / idk.. mad weird.. http://mortalkombat.wikia.com/wiki/Mortal_Kombat:_Devastation most of it is in there! Note on this movie being rated R.. OMFG!! Damn that would be fucking amazing! all the way!!! It would be similar to the game how the limbs break, etc. That'd be amazing!! I've been waiting for another movie since the end of the second one! but if they do a remake of both! (Great Idea) its like scrapping the other 2 movies and starting over.. cause in the second one johnny was dead at the beginning.. so... this movie is kinda interesting and a refreshing new twist! its a great Idea!!!

Sonya Blade on Jun 9, 2010

72

AND QUAN CHI!

DoomCanoe on Jun 9, 2010

73

@72 yeah def!! there are a lot of characters that weren't really awknowledges in the movies if not at all.. not as much as they should have been.. I'm pretty sure Quan Chi wasn't in any of them = /

Sonya Blade on Jun 9, 2010

74

Would love to see this get made. It would have been awesome to see them make the first movies like this. It would have been all taboo kinda how the games were at first. I remember tricking my mom into buying the game then a week later taking it away after she walked in the room and me and a group of 10 year old boys were cheering while scorpion took his mask off and burned johnny cage to death then blood dripping letters showed up saying fatality. Based on memories like that I would most definately go see this movie.

blowtorch1919 on Jun 9, 2010

75

Would love to see this get made. It would have been awesome to see them make the first movies like this. It would have been all taboo kinda how the games were at first. I remember tricking my mom into buying the game then a week later taking it away after she walked in the room and me and a group of 10 year old boys were cheering while scorpion took his mask off and burned johnny cage to death then blood dripping letters showed up saying fatality. Based on memories like that I would most definately go see this movie.

blowtorch1919 on Jun 9, 2010

76

OH. MY. GAWD.

Nick S. on Jun 9, 2010

77

huge buzz could = actual movie!! for the record.. this concept looked kick ass

Brandon on Jun 9, 2010

78

Now that's what I call a mortal kombat movie. I'm sold. I want to watch it NOW! Warner, please greenlit it and you wont be disappointed.

lifelike on Jun 9, 2010

79

That was amazing quality, I'd definitely watch it if it was made in to a film.

MK on Jun 10, 2010

81

Fuck Yeahhhh!!!!!! That is awesome love the acting love the fight scenes love the violence. Just the way MK was suppose 2 b. God dam i hope it really happens.

Donza on Jun 11, 2010

82

Cant fuck with Baraka

MiKe M? on Jun 11, 2010

83

WOW!! SCORPION!

Dino V.1 on Jun 11, 2010

84

I kinda enjoyed the first two MK movies, let us not forget, scorpion pulls his hood back to reveal ghost rider. Quan chi would be dope, along with goro.

Nyarl on Jun 13, 2010

85

it would be awesome!!! but the movie is based on life events.. not realms based.. so they wont have all the awesome creatures and characters like the game which kinda sux.. but that's just what I've read.. but who knows what'll really happen!

Sonya Blade on Jun 14, 2010

86

this looks sic!! i hope they do go through with this

brandon on Jun 16, 2010

87

@24 You're a moron. This was simply amazing.

Peace Love & GaGa on Jun 20, 2010

88

Yeah he/she is a moron but they're the ones missing out on something absolutely incredible.. their opinion is of no relevance really in comparison to everyone else that enjoys the idea of this actually becoming a movie!

Sonya Blade on Jun 21, 2010

89

This is what I'm talking about.. This look Sic. I hope they come out wit the movie. looks better than the old one.

DINK on Jun 27, 2010

90

This totally rocks. If the movie, if they make a movie, looks exactly like this with the same tone and mood, it will kick ass. I didnt see the last airbender but heard it was horrible so a good movie adaption would rock with this, some what of a real setting and not too gamey like the last two. Its nice to see the original guy who played Jakks was in this. I think he is the original Jakks...and it was nice to see the lady who played 7 as Sonya in it as well...

Ron on Jul 5, 2010

91

Hunny thats not the original Sonya! GAH it makes me angry that she isnt in it = / it sux!!! She was awesome! Well... Perfect for the role! hoehnstly.. and the new Sonya in the second one.. not so good... and idk.. im not too thrilled about the new Sonya... Gah.. = / idk if its actually the first Jax.. but his role is a bit different.. a detective??... interesting...

Sonya Blade on Jul 5, 2010

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