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Mortal Kombat Rebirth

Updated on July 13, 2011

Mortal combat, the video game series that has been adapted for the big screen before may make one last comeback. After some somewhat disappointing last take on the infamous gaming franchise, the trailer below is causing a huge stir online. As of this writing, the trailer was only posted 3 days ago but already has over 2 million views on youtube.

Check the trailer out for yourself below.

There has been speculation however that this is not actually an official trailer. It is in fact an expensive proof of concept by director Kevin Tancharoen for his own take on a gritty Mortal Kombat Movie. If this is the case the story, actors and ambience of the movie have so far been incredibly impressive, along with the reaction this trailer has garnered online. 

Mortal Combat Rebirth

The plot appears to be classic Mortal Kombat, with the main story centering on an illegal underground death match tournament and police captain Jack Brigg's (Jax) plan to use it to wipe out the violent criminals in Deacon city.

Already we've been introduced to some of the key characters famous to the franchise, however this time around the trailer suggests that their will be more realistic background stories associated with each character. In the video game series, many of the characters have magical or occult creation stories. This time however, Reptile for example suffers from a disease that gives him is reptilian features rather then actually being a member of a nearly extinct reptilian species as the original video games portrayed.

Hopefully Mr. Tancharoen will get the gohead and begin filming this right away. Based on the response online, fans are rabid for a reboot of this classic gaming and movie franchise.

History of Mortal Combat

Mortal Kombat was created back in 1992. It was originally began as a fighting game based on action star Jean Claude Van Damme. The Van Damme theme was dropped and instead the game was created with it's own story and characters. In total 4 of the original 2d games were made during the 90's.

Mortal kombat became synonymous with gore and violence because of it's gritty art style that depended on realistic photo captures of actors. The most controversial part of the game being it's "fatality" system, in which a player finished of his opponent with an incredibly gory killing blow. Some have cited the game for being one of the main motivations for the creation of the ESRB. New games have continued to be released on every system with updated 3d graphics.

The Mortal Kombat series branched off and was made into a live action movie in 1995 and was well recieved by fans and critics and was a financial success. A follow up film titled, Mortal Kombat Annihilation, was not able to follow the success of the first movie and was largely panned by fans.

Now with the release of this short film Mortal Kombat Rebirth, by Kevin Tancharoen, a possible reboot of the series seems inevitable.


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    • Stevennix2001 profile image

      Steven Escareno 

      7 years ago

      Pretty impressive hub, and thanks for the read. However, I wouldn't say that Mortal Kombat's reboot is inevitable because Warner Bros. has already stated publicly they're not a 100 percent sold on Kevin's take on the franchise; in spite of the online success. According to various news sources, Kevin wants a hard "R-rated" Mortal Kombat film, but WB wants a "Pg-13" version because it's safer, as R movies don't make as much money as lower rated ones typically do.

      Plus, Kevin isn't exactly a big name director that can demand a lot of money from a studio to make a r-rated film like James Cameron did with "terminator 2: judgment day."

      Therefore, it's not going to happen, as WB has already stated this in various interviews. However, they did offer Kevin the next best thing by allowing him to flesh out his vision through what is projected to be 10 online webisodes that fans can download for a fee online. If these online webisodes become a hit, then you might be right about the possibility of a live action movie being rebooted soon in Kevin's vision but for now, it's not going to happen. Not unless some big name like Christopher Nolan, Michael Bay, or Peter Jackson (to name a few) decides to produce the movie to back Kevin's vision. However, I doubt seriously any of them would do that for a franchise that hasn't had much financial success in theaters, and it's based off a video game, and we all know how those typically do in the box office. anyways, I'm sorry if I sound rude, but I'm just telling you what I know, since you seem to have a great interest in this.

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      8 years ago

      ok Emanuel WTF!!!??????????

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      Emanuel Shajhef Quinton 

      8 years ago

      I don't think it's too much work... there are lots of people who make labors of love :) These are just people who can afford to put more money and time into it than we can :)

    • vaguesan profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Osaka, Japan

      Based on the response, I'm betting Mr.Tancharoen is going to get the go ahead. It is as you said John, wicked. If this guy can put together a clip like this on his own without the backing of a big studio, just imagine what he can do with some backing. Mortal Kombat rebirth = awesome.

    • John B Badd profile image

      John B Badd 

      8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Ok that was a freakin wicked clip. Thanks a million for bringing it here. I hope it turns out to be a trailer, That is way to much work to put into a concept short film.

      Great Hub.


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