The fan made video Mortal Kombat: Rebirth that went viral about six months ago made millions of people believe that a new and what seemed to be awesome film was in the pipeline. Previous attempts to make the action game work on the big screen failed miserably, but this promo had it all: Jax, Scorpion and Johnny Cage, a hint to good storytelling and action that worked cinematographically as well as, you know, testosteroneically. Today Warner Premiere announced that they are working on a live action version of the clip.
Its creator, Kevin Tancharoen, will also be directing the longer version. He made the video knowing that nothing real could come out of it and he even got actor and martial artist Michael Jay White to play Jax. Luckily his action packed short movie got picked up by a studio. I must admit I almost slid out of my chair in the midst of choking on my coffee reading Tancharoen’s name six months ago, as he was mainly known for the horrible remake of the already horrible dance flick Fame. Before that the 26 year old director choreographed Britney Spears’ dance routines. His Mortal Kombat video does look really promising though, so let’s hope this will reflect in the series. Filming will start early February. Fight! Flawless victory. Fatality! See below for the Rebirth clip.