In a wonderful story of a fan making it in the Big Time, WB have partnered with Kevin Tancharoen, the creator of the unofficial fan short Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, which has been viewed more than 10 million times online. Their new joint project? A live-action web-series based on the game franchise, due out by the end of the year.
Here’s MK: Rebirth, as debuted last June.
The online videos are designed to tie-in with the upcoming game, delving into the back-story of warrior favourites Scorpion, Johnny Cage and Liu Kang. While the original short had a pretty star-studded cast for a fan-made offering, it’s not yet known who will appear in the new series – shooting starts in Vancouver in early February. We do, however, have a sneaky peek at character renders for both Cyrax and Sektor, in case you were curious.
Mortal Kombat, the franchise, has been around for nearly 20 years. In that time, there have been four arcade games, 10 console-based games, two movies (Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation), two television series (no, really), and an animated prequel.
The next game in the series – simply titled Mortal Kombat – is due out in April of this year for both PX3 and Xbox 360. It’s a “triumphant return” to the original aesthetics of the game – as well as throwing in a reinvention of the classic 2D fighting styles. There’s an all-new graphics engine, the return of Fatalities (in more gory detail than ever before), plus the introduction of tag teams and a new story mode.
Fingers crossed, this one sounds like it’s shaping up okay – and the new web-series is a step in the right direction. Then again, you can’t go too wrong when you have the series creator, Ed Boon, acting as creative director on the project…