I hate to admit it, but I was a fan of the 1995 Mortal Kombat movie starring Christopher Lambert (Highlander) as Lord Rayden and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Rising Sun, Pearl Harbor) as Shang Tsung. It’s a bit of a guilty pleasure for me, like some of the ’80s Jean-Claude Van Damme movies (Bloodsport and Hard Target at the top of my list). Back then Mortal Kombat was still huge at the arcade, so seeing some of the characters on the big screen was expected. After the less successful sequel in 1997, Mortal Kombat: Annihlation, the property faded a bit.
Then last year a video popped up on YouTube titled Mortal Kombat Rebirth. Directed and produced by Kevin Tancharoen, the video has gained more than 10 million views since then. Evidently there’s a new web series being shot now in Vancouver and Warner Premiere has released a few of the names involved in the project.
Jeri Ryan (TV’s Star Trek: Voyager) will play Lieutenant Sonya Blade. Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight, Spawn) will play Major Jackson “Jax” Briggs. And Darren Shahlavi (300) will play the sly and cunning Kano.
Though it seems odd that after all this time we’d see Mortal Kombat find its way to life again, but it appears that a new MK video game will be coming to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in April 2011 so perhaps the timing isn’t so odd after all. (For more information about the game, “Mortal Kombat”, log onto www.themortalkombat.com and visit www.facebook.com/mortalkombat.)
If you didn’t get a chance to see the Mortal Kombat Rebirth short video before, check it out here:
I have to admit I’ll be interested to see the MK web series. If the above video is any indication, it should be much better than the original movies!
What do you think? Is it time for Mortal Kombat to come back to life?
- Michael Jai White and Jeri Ryan Cast in Mortal Kombat Web Series (screencrave.com)
- 3 ‘Mortal Kombat’ Web Series Cast Members Confirmed (screenrant.com)
- Two More for the New Mortal Kombat (rottentomatoes.com)
- Initial Cast Announced For “MORTAL KOMBAT” Live-Action Digital New Media Series (geektyrant.com)
- Jeri Ryan reprising her role in MORTAL KOMBAT (geektyrant.com)
- Jeri Ryan Confirmed as Sonya Blade in ‘Mortal Kombat’ (screenrant.com)
- Jeri Ryan Wants More Mortal Kombat (rottentomatoes.com)
- Warner Premiere Officially Confirms MORTAL KOMBAT Web Series (geektyrant.com)
- ‘Mortal Kombat’ Web Series Officially Green Lit (geeksofdoom.com)
- Michael Jai White and Jeri Ryan Cast in MORTAL KOMBAT Web-Series (collider.com)