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Mortal Kombat Reborn?
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09 June 2010  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Latino Review

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Speculation has been rife about what Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, a glossy short film recently posted anonymously on YouTube, is actually for.

Latino Review have the answer: it's a test video, produced by Warner Bros and directed by Kevin Tancharoen (the Fame remake), designed to prove the potential for an R-rated reboot of the videogame franchise, originally brought to us in PG-13 form in the mid-90s by Paul WS Anderson.

In its current form, Rebirth shares a lot with the DTV sequels to Walter Hill's Undisputed: Michael Jai-White (as Jax) starred in Undisputed 2, and Lateef Crowder (Baraka) and fight choreographer Larnell Stovall are both Undisputed 3 alumni.

No guarantee that any of the short-film's cast and crew will continue to the big-screen version of course, but if the full-blown film were to see the light of day in its current form, we'd be looking at, as well as the above-mentioned, Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager's Seven of Nine) as Sonja Blade, Ian Anthony Dale as Scorpion ("c'mere!!") and Matt Mullins as Johnny Cage (signature move: paralysing punch in the balls). Given what happens to Cage in the short though, Mullins might already be looking for a new job.

This is presumably the same project, formerly known as Devastation, that Shimmer Lake writer Oren Uziel was drafting for Warners last year. Rebirth's fights are strong, even if its dialogue is a bit weak. But this is only a test, and its morphing Mortal Kombat's fight-tournament structure with a kind of Batman idea of mad supervillains running rampant, isn't  bad. Is this on the right lines? Flawless victory, or babality? Do you want to see more?


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RE: Mortal Kombat Reborn?
L: captainrentboy If this flick does get approval they definitely need to, Keep Michael Jai White. Keep Lateef Crowder. Keep the fight choreographer. (Larnell Stovall did a sterling job on Undisputed 3) Get Scott Adkins a role don't care if their acting's a little below par, I wont be watching this flick for the drama. Script needs a bloody good going over. I know it's an action movie but there's no excuse for dodgy dialogue. A decent script will raise everyone's game. More

Posted by oui3d at 11:15 on 13 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Mortal Kombat Reborn?
Was shocked to see this, quite unexpected, they've tinker with the actual story a bit but it does seem too far from the original. I wonder if the full film can live up to the trailer. More

Posted by Fab Tmobile at 15:25 on 10 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Mortal Kombat Reborn?
This kind of looks like what the new A Team film is to the old A Team television series.  A complete reworking.  None of the characters that appear in the clip look much like their characters from the games.  It doesn't really look or feel like Moratal kombat.  Perhaps once they get their outfits on and once we see the other realms it will feel more like Mortal Kombat.    So far I'm not impressed by the acting or the diagolue. I realise tha More

Posted by mlavagna at 14:18 on 10 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Mortal Kombat Reborn?
Really enjoyed it, loved the re-imagining of Baraka -  a character i've wanted to see in the films since the first one (which is a real guilty pleasure!).   The real world versions of the characters were pretty cool, Reptile given a decent back-story etc and Scorpion looky creepy at the end and the very brief flash of Sub-Zero. Loved the little in-joke regarding Johnny Cage dying! Would love to see more of this.... More

Posted by jinks at 09:02 on 10 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Mortal Kombat Reborn?
Really liked this clip and wouldn't be too bothered if they kept it like this and ground the MK 'story' in reality a little. MK Anihilation shows what happens when you try and stick to closely to all the rediculous goings on the MK universe, it turns out fucking daft I still thoroughly enjoy the first film, it had some great effects for its time and from what I can remember the fight sequences weren't half bad either, compared to today's obsession with shakycam horseshit in More

Posted by captainrentboy at 20:23 on 09 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Mortal Kombat Reborn?
L: paulyboy L: The Todge L: MoBiUGeArSkIn Paul Anderson's Mortal Kombat had a great look to it and features some fo the best on screen fights of the last 20 years. ou raised a good point about the lack of fantasy elemnts potentially hurting a future film,  but just a small word of advice.  If you want to be taken seriously, don't make outlandish comments like this.  You;re a fan, we get it, but you're doing yourself an injustice now. hilst I don't i] s More

Posted by The Todge at 18:51 on 09 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Hell Yes!
L: sowasred2012 Trying to ground it in reality (well, almost) is an idea that I would've kicked off about before seeing this but, fuck it, if this is the result, let 'em go for it! hat he says; make this movie! More

Posted by The REAL Bozz at 18:42 on 09 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Mortal Kombat Reborn?
L: The Todge L: MoBiUGeArSkIn Paul Anderson's Mortal Kombat had a great look to it and features some fo the best on screen fights of the last 20 years. ou raised a good point about the lack of fantasy elemnts potentially hurting a future film,  but just a small word of advice.  If you want to be taken seriously, don't make outlandish comments like this.  You;re a fan, we get it, but you're doing yourself an injustice now. hilst I don't i] share MoBiUGeArSkIn's enthusiasm, More

Posted by paulyboy at 17:20 on 09 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Mortal Kombat Reborn?
L: MoBiUGeArSkIn Paul Anderson's Mortal Kombat had a great look to it and features some fo the best on screen fights of the last 20 years. ou raised a good point about the lack of fantasy elemnts potentially hurting a future film,  but just a small word of advice.  If you want to be taken seriously, don't make outlandish comments like this.  You;re a fan, we get it, but you're doing yourself an injustice now. More

Posted by The Todge at 16:16 on 09 June 2010 | Report This Post

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