More Details On Mortal Kombat: Rebirth

By Ishaan . June 10, 2010 . 4:40pm

Kevin Tancharoen

Film coverage site Collider recently had a chance to catch up with Kevin Tancharoen, director of Fame and the recent Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short that sparked discussions of a franchise reboot on the net two days ago. As revealed by actress Jeri Ryan, that’s exactly what it was intended to do.


Now, we have a few more details. Bullet points below, courtesy of Collider, with the full interview at this link.


  • They shot the short film over two days on two RED cameras
  • Started in early April and it took 2 months to do the post production.  Most people donated their time.  The short was made for $7,500
  • Knew if he was going to get a chance at a genre picture, he’d have to show he could do it on his own.  This is a calling card for a chance at making the next Mortal Kombat feature film and it’s his vision for how he’d do it.
  • No one at any studio knew he was doing the short
  • Oren Uziel wrote the short.  He’s currently listed on IMDb to write the next Mortal Kombat movie at Warner Bros.
  • Says he wants to make a movie that balances the real world with the mysticism and the special powers.  Compares it to the way Harry Potter exists in two worlds.  As in there are two universes that coexist with each other.
  • Confirms “fatalities” are definitely in his movie.  He wants to put them in the tournament in an “organic way”
  • Definitely would use “get over here” (the classic line from the game)
  • Michael Jai White plays Jax Briggs in the short and he’d definitely be a part of the feature.
  • Says Scorpion is the bad guy and will stay a bad guy
  • They only had 4 hours to shoot the big fight scene

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  • Akirap

    If they took the Jamaican look off from Baraka and make him bold, and make Reptile a real reptiloid-human this would have been PERFECT.

    • cowcow

      The problem is that actor is Lateef Crowder, who also plays Eddie Gordo in the Tekken movie and is a student of Mestre Marcelo aka Capoeira (who did the motion capturing for Eddie Gordo originally in Tekken 3), and he’s had those dreads for years so it’s not like he’d cut them I don’t think. Amaxing martial artist if you do a search for his demo reel on Youtube, the guy can get some crazy air doing some amazing somersaults

  • CrisSpiegel

    And I believed in the “proof of concept” crap. More like a viral.

    • It’s still very much a proof of concept. There’s been no indication whatsoever that WB have approached this guy yet. (although, it would probably be in their best interest to let him produce this movie)

  • RupanIII

    There’s a pretty hilarious Penny Arcade about this today

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