WARNING: FOOTAGE CONTAINS SCENES OF GORE AND VIOLENCE. VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED (for the UK readers out there: where’s Simon Bates when you need him?)
Released in 1992, the Mortal Kombat videogame became infamous among anxious parents for its bloody one-on-one fights. While less strategic than its contemporary, Street Fighter II, its gory finishing moves – where victorious players could pull of their opponent’s heads, tear out their hearts or set them on fire, for example – assured an immediate following among gamers of a certain age.
Mortal Kombat’s popularity saw it appear on seemingly every computer and console then available, and hastened the arrival of an inevitable batch of sequels. In fact, Mortal Kombat‘s success was such that a pair of movie adaptations appeared – 1995’s Mortal Kombat and 1997’s Mortal Kombat: Annihilation – and even a pair of television shows. Unsurprisingly, these enterprises were all absolutely awful.
Over the last day or so, however, an eight-minute film has mysteriously appeared on YouTube that completely blows previous Mortal Kombat adaptations out of the water. Dark, mean and moody, the film takes the game’s central concept – an illegal fighting contest – and imbues its scenes of violence and gore with a genuine hint of style.
Where the footage came from or who directed it is currently a mystery – is it a piece of viral marketing for a proper, forthcoming MK reboot, or an extremely well made fan movie? The fact that it features Star Trek: Voyager‘s Jeri Lynn Ryan and Spawn’s Michael Jai White suggests the former, particularly when you consider that Warner has been rumoured to be thinking about making a remake of Mortal Kombat for some time, with writer Orien Uziel’s name attached to the script.
For now, one can only speculate – and enjoy the numerous references to the game in the eight minute movie featured here, which includes a brief glimpse of Sub-Zero, and even manages to shoe-horn in the words “Finish him”…
More news on the possible Mortal Kombat Rebirth movie as we get it, and thanks to Den Of Geek reader Nathan Gibson for giving us the heads-up on this story.
It’s now transpired that the Mortal Kombat: Rebirth video was directed by Kevin Tancharoen as a pitch to Warner for a possible feature. Actress Jeri Ryan appeared as ‘a favor to a friend,’ she said on her Twitter feed:
“It’s not a game trailer…was made for the director to sell WB on his vision for a reimagined MK film…I did it as a favor to a friend. No idea yet what WB’s reaction to it was. And I’m not sure how you can contact WB…to push them to make it. But you guys are resourceful…!”