I actually thought the Mortal Kombat movies were good, not great, but entertaining enough. I admit that the acting was a little bad and I definitely thought they could have been a little more violent. This is what Mortal Kombat: Rebirth aims to fix.
It was being reported around the internet yesterday that the film below is a short film which was being used to test the potential for a much grittier and violent Rated-R version of the franchise. Turns out that It was actually “made for the director to sell WB on his vision for a reimagined MK film,” according to a comment made on Jeri Ryan’s Twitter account.
Rebirth features Michael Jai White as Jax, Jeri Ryan as Sonya Blade, Matt Mullins as Johnny Cage, Lateef Crowder as Baraka and Ian Anthony Dale as Scorpion. The director is Kevin Tancharoen and the fight choreographer was Larnell Stovall.
I have to say that I’m extremely impressed with this pitch from Tancharoen. This is exactly what the franchise needs to be successful. I don’t care much for the explanation of Baraka or Reptile, considering they are supposed to be from other planets but it seems like they are trying to go for as much realism as possible here.
I hope Warner Bros. picks this interpretation up and turns it into a full-length film, because this short is awesome!