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Check out this test run at a hard R MORTAL KOMBAT flick!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. This video has been circling the web today, originating at Kotaku, and creating quite a stir. When I heard about this, I assumed it was a fan video and wasn't all that excited to click on it, but then it kept being discussed with such enthusiasm that I finally said, "Alright, I'll give it a couple minutes." And then I watched the whole thing. What really grabbed me is that this video is extremely well done. You'll recognize Michael Jai White as Jax and a few other familiar faces and that's all well and good, but I love the production value. I like how grounded in a sort of SEVEN-ish reality this is. But check it out:

The Latino Review's El Guapo has some info on the short. Turns out the FAME remake's Kevin Tancharoen directed it as a test to try to get WB behind him and his crew. Impressive. I hope he gets the job and just makes a totally fun, brutal flick with these characters. You? -Quint quint@aintitcool.com Follow Me On Twitter



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  • June 8, 2010, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Well made but

    by Box_Bruceleitner

    Doesn't really feel like Mortal Kombat. Needs more Goro.

  • June 8, 2010, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Hahahaha... Second... FINISH HIM!

    by TheBLIGHT

    Kinda cool.

  • June 8, 2010, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Would still like to see a more mythological MK movie...

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    but this will do as long as Baraka is bald... But really I just want to see them in their more traditional suits.

  • June 8, 2010, 10:44 p.m. CST

    holy shit

    by TheNewDirector

    THIS should be the ultimate videogame movie, very fucking awesome.

  • June 8, 2010, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Toasty!

    by DrGoodspeed

  • June 8, 2010, 10:45 p.m. CST

    First!?!

    by mikeysquirrel

    Looks totally cool. Do it! Do it now! Finance this fucker and let it fly!!

  • June 8, 2010, 10:45 p.m. CST

    this may work out

    by VonThunderballs

    i had a shit-tastic day and this test footage made me happy. i like it quite a bit. i would love to see more.

  • June 8, 2010, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Impressive for what it is - but TERRIBLE idea.

    by JuanSanchez

    Not everything has to be done Dark Knight style.

  • June 8, 2010, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Now that's 8 awesome minutes!

    by VanGoghX

    Nice promo or proof-of-concept reel! This is definitely gonna lead to something. Could give a shit about the other MK movies, but this shows some promise!

  • June 8, 2010, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Looks good, but I'd rather be MK to be fantasy based

    by Atrayou

    Reptile should not be a genetic anomoly, he's supposed to be a demonic creature from another world.

  • June 8, 2010, 10:48 p.m. CST

    OK not first.

    by mikeysquirrel

    The video was pretty long.. I got excited when I saw no comments. Whatever. Make this movie.

  • June 8, 2010, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Great promo, Im in

    by mygirleatsbannanas

  • June 8, 2010, 10:57 p.m. CST

    I just nuted my pants

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    any thing with micheal jai white is fine by me

  • June 8, 2010, 10:57 p.m. CST

    I haven't had a grin that big on my face in a long time.

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    My ass will definitely be in a seat if that gets made.

  • June 8, 2010, 10:58 p.m. CST

    This sucks.

    by Kontarsky

    What the hell did they do to Reptile?

  • June 8, 2010, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Meh dialogue.

    by Pseudo

    What's with all this "Code-name" nonsense? Why not just say, "AKA"? Seems like they were trying a bit too hard to be edgy. ??Pseudo?? Out.

  • June 8, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST

    If they can't get a theatrical release...

    by heks

    ...they should totally just go DTV for this. I've honestly been quite impressed with some of the DTV action offerings lately. Undisputed II (with Michael Jai White) and III were both better than the first theatrical film with Snipes and Rhames, and the latest Universal Soldier movie was actually pretty awesome ... certainly better than the last theatrical offering. It seems like DTV action flicks are possibly becoming the new 80's action flicks. Provided you get some decent people working on the project, the reduced budget really doesn't need to be a major roadblock to quality.

  • June 8, 2010, 11 p.m. CST

    Looks OK.

    by jae683

    Seven-of-nine still looks hot, though.

  • June 8, 2010, 11:03 p.m. CST

    P.S. Fucking Awesome.

    by DrGoodspeed

  • June 8, 2010, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Interesting

    by jazzylg

    Not for the kiddies!

  • June 8, 2010, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Iv'e been watching this all day.........and wow!

    by Acid_Frio

    I wish this was a scene from the ACTUAL movie: Mortal Kombat:Rebirth...cant wait! Jacks=Jax, minus the diminishing "on" on the door. mentioning of fatalities was great.

  • June 8, 2010, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Same shit, different flaming brown baggy.

    by adiehardfanwithalethalweapon

    Though you gotta give em credit for pulling all those strings.

  • June 8, 2010, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Okay that looks like it might be fun.

    by fiester

    Who was that chick at the end--is that the girl that played 7 of 9 on Voyager?

  • June 8, 2010, 11:15 p.m. CST

    No thanks.

    by jsm1978

    Mortal Kombat has the best story of any fighting game (not saying much, I know, but still...). This strips away much of what makes it Mortal Kombat. Alternate universes. Grand battle for all of reality. These are changes on par with what happened to the Super Mario movie. Better quality, sure, but the same idea.<p> Plus it seems like they are taking it WAY too seriously... a whole movie of that might get laughable.

  • June 8, 2010, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Why do they call him Scorpion?

    by Mr. Lahey

    Probably because it sounds scary.

  • June 8, 2010, 11:21 p.m. CST

    why take the mysticism out???

    by VermithraxPejorative

    Great, thanks to Dark Knight they want to take all the mysticism and intrigue from films. I much rather baraka a mutant creature from another dimension, and reptile to be some sort of reptilian hybrid than insane doctors and maniacs with skin conditions. seriously, why take the fun out of it. That being said it looks okay, much better than the films that exist.

  • June 8, 2010, 11:21 p.m. CST

    if they could keep that tone for a whole movie...

    by soup74

    I'm on board.. of course it would be over-serious, but thats what makes movie like this awesome.

  • June 8, 2010, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Hell Yeah

    by Mickguinness

    That looked awesome. I like the fact that they are thinking outside the box and not trying to do a straight adaptation. Be creative with it and give us something we haven't seen yet with the characters. While comic book movies have seen success lately, video game movies not so much. This could shake things up and start something cool. And that was awesome to see Jeri Ryan in there as Sonja Blade. The actor that plays Scorpion has been in a handful of flicks/shows that I have been impressed with his performances in as well, so all round I like this a lot.

  • June 8, 2010, 11:24 p.m. CST

    pretty sweet

    by Ashs_Right_Hand

    idk if this is the best franchise to ground into reality but it seems like it could be a badass, hard-R action flick instead of a shitty retread of the original (lets not even mention part 2)

  • June 8, 2010, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Not a bad take on . . .

    by JasonZumwalt

    . . . the Lizard for a Batman film actually. Never thought of him as a grown up harlequinn baby.

  • June 8, 2010, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Pfft

    by yesiamaplant

    Listen, whoever made this; if you can't handle having proper silly mutant creatures in your movie, then use the human characters. I'm tired of movies taking silly mutant creatures from one medium and turning them into more plausible but less interesting tattoo/piercing/plastic surgery freaks in films. And by the same token, lose the silly nicknames too. You're either making a gritty, realistic martial arts flick, or you're making a self-aware action flick. Stop trying to have both or you're going to end up with The Legend of Chun Li all over again.

  • June 8, 2010, 11:29 p.m. CST

    tony jaa for liu kang

    by darth_ghidorah85

    you know it to be true. also, to keep within the 'realistic' aspect, obviously raiden can't work. however, since everyone else seems to be psychotic, have liu kang be like russell crowe from a beautiful mind. to him, raiden is real, but to everyone else, liu kang is nuts! (but still an awesome fighter!!!)

  • June 8, 2010, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Bring it WB!!!

    by drkhelmet

    Please make this film!!! It can be one of your Summer 2011 showcases! Do it - DO IT NOW! :P

  • June 8, 2010, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Resident Evil Theme by Manson?!!?

    by onezeroone

    Is that what I heard in the trailer? If yes... classy. Fake trailer of reboot of best Anderson VG movie feat. best part of another Anderson VG movie. This is kinda stuff only a fan/geek would come up with.

  • June 8, 2010, 11:47 p.m. CST

    nothing

    by redkamel

    Nothing can be more awesome than Mortal Kombat. The graphics, the story, the over topness, demons gods, finishing moves...holy shit, that game was blowing my mind from age 12-16

  • June 8, 2010, 11:48 p.m. CST

    PPPPLLLLLEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAASSSSEEEE...

    by SDCrews

    MAKE THIS FUCKIN MOVIE NOW.

  • June 8, 2010, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Haha awesome

    by _Venkman

    Looks ridiculous but I'll see it. just have Goro in it again

  • June 8, 2010, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Nice!

    by BlackBriar

    Ball is in your court WB, make it happen!

  • June 9, 2010, midnight CST

    If things keep going like this Raiden = electrician

    by Galactic

    Trying to make everything "gritty and realistic" is not a move that always works, but it should be interesting. Hardcore fans of the MK canon (LMAO Can't believe I actually typed that) will be disappointed, but really, who cares? Looks like the movie franchise might outlive the relevance of the game franchise. When was the last time anyone played a MK game?

  • June 9, 2010, midnight CST

    That was crap.

    by Holeman

    Amazing how incredibly easy gamers are to satisfy.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Gooooone

    by Anything But Tangerines

    too bad, I wanted to see a live-action babality or friendship. Wait, that's the soft G version

  • June 9, 2010, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Scorpion actor's profile view looks like Randy Couture

    by CodeName

    That's who I thought it was in the beginning.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Anyone else notice the Resident Evil music?

    by fatjesuschrysler

    A little "fuck you" to Paul W.S. Anderson maybe?

  • June 9, 2010, 12:05 a.m. CST

    If they can figure out how to make the ninja suits work...

    by Mike_D

    and get the MK theme song in there then I'll be behind this 100%

  • June 9, 2010, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Ok but we need FANTASY

    by bloodawn5

    Really, because If you take that out, you just have weirdos with Kung Fu

  • June 9, 2010, 12:08 a.m. CST

    So...

    by jsm1978

    Goro would be a weight-lifting set of conjoined twins.<p> Kitana would be a stripper who goes by the stage name of Princess. <p> Shao Khan would be a professional wrestler.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:08 a.m. CST

    This film NEEDS to be made...

    by QuietMan297

    ...sometimes jettisoning more fantastical elements from an established property can make for a grittier movie, and that can work for THAT kind of movie. For The Dark Knight, Korean smugglers were used for something that would have been a remote-control bat--plane in the comics — and for that kind of movie, it worked. I would LOVE to see a full-on adaptation of (Frank Miller's) Dark Knight, directed by Zac Snyder, sacrificing nothing: fighting Two-Face, destroying the mutant leader, Joker's suicide and the climactic showdown with Superman (with help from a one-armed Green Arrow). But I also love Christopher Nolan's dark and realistic take. WE CAN have the best of both worlds. The Se7en vibe of the MK clip can work, as long as they don't forget a) its a super violent martial arts flick b) to include as many characters from the games as they can fit c) fatalities Dark and gritty style worked for Batman and Battlestar Galactica; Mortal Kombat is a no-brainer.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:13 a.m. CST

    @ bloodawn5

    by fatjesuschrysler

    Ever see Crippled Masters? I'm down with "weirdos with kung-fu"!<P>

  • June 9, 2010, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Nobody on the internets has a brain...

    by hitchens

    This is a short film designed to set up characters. The plot of a feature I'm sure would take you further down the rabbit hole. Just because a cop, whose only source of information is an ex-action star turned mole, Johnny Cage, thinks that the tournament is an underground death match DOES NOT MEAN that in the feature the tournament wouldn't take place in an alternative dimension. Or that magic would have no part in this picture. In fact, I found the subtlety of his knowledge somewhat refreshing. Scorpion still surprises him. Jacks is out of his league and he knows it. I was also reading a /film talkback earlier and someone was arguing that Scorpion would be a terrible anti-hero. Well, he hardly argued it, just stated it, along with some rather bland anti-dark knight comments I find ridiculous (quite making movies with care that I can take seriously!). I just want to say that Lui Kang was a damn awful choice for the lead with so many interesting fighters to choose from. What were the best parts of the first Mortal Kombat film? Sub-Zero and Scorpion. I think they are probably the best parts of Mortal Kombat's mythology too. Giving real heft to these guy's rivalry in a film setting? Yes, please. Create a believable R-rated actioner? God Damnit Yes! I do partially agree with the criticism leveled against Reptile, however. I didn't like the appearance of the scales on his skin- perhaps in the feature that would be improved or altered (with a bigger budget [nudge nudge WB]). I love the shot of him eating a tongue. I found the fight scene pretty damn decent, but that could be influenced by the fact that my mind was blown that I was watching Mortal Kombat characters who weren't existing in a world of camp. For those nay-sayers who are already busting their nut on this thing: do you remember those two movies they sold to us in theaters? And now someone wants to whoop our ass with Scorpion in the lead as one of the worlds top assassins out to get even with Zero in the Tournament in a hard-R realistic take on this universe and you want to give it shit? Because you think it reminds you of the Dark Knight? Like that's a bad thing? You are a fucking moron. WB please back this thing. This surprised the hell out of me today and I loved it. Thank you.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Yeah, taking all the fantasy out of it makes no sense...

    by Ironhelix

    It only makes the whole thing MORE absurd. It's going to look a lot dumber as they try to explain all the different characters.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:29 a.m. CST

    IF the studios have to remake something...

    by JestaFool

    Then remake the shitty movies that SHOULD have been good. MK is a perfect example, cuz the original(s) sucked. Robocop should NOT be remade cuz the first one rocked!!! BTW, nice fucking footage just to be a promo reel.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Let's remake Star Wars next without the force

    by Raymar

    And set it in Detroit!

  • June 9, 2010, 12:33 a.m. CST

    at least he's trying

    by frank cotton

    would you rather he did FAME 2?

  • June 9, 2010, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Cage = the "Dan" of the MK universe.

    by Galactic

    Street Fighter fans know what I'm talking about. Let's just have a movie where Johnny Cage dies in every scene.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Goro as a deformed circus freak.....

    by ass clown

    This movie needs Goro and he can have the back story of being a deformed circus freak giant that grew extra arms after accidentally becoming exposed to radiation during a Utah atom bomb test. Goro then grew a pony tale and now lives his life fighting in underground fight clubs because people pay top dollar for his unique deformity. He one day wants to quit the business and move to a farm in Kansas, but the assholes keep draggin him back in.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Okay. So, instead of doing the story of the games...

    by StarWarsRedux

    ...it's making up its own bullshit story which has nothing to do with it. <p>Reminds me of the JCVD version of "Street Fighter". <p>Sad, that the original Paul W.S. Anderson MK flick will probably wind up the most faithful adaptation. <p>Really, this is crap. "Mortal Kombat" in name only.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Needs more BALE.

    by CRISPIN_GLOVERS_ACID_FLASHBACK

    That was cool, but where the fuck is Christian Bale?

  • June 9, 2010, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Crispin

    by jsm1978

    Bale is one of the fighters in the tournament... it's a cameo where he's beating some poor schlub to death with lighting equipment.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Reptile, born a harlequin fetus? Baraka, a crazy surgeon?

    by pikazerox

    Grounding these kinds of characters into a reality setting insults your intelligence. Why isn't Baraka dying of infection? Harlequin fetuses would NEVER survive 30 years. The supernatural elements of Mortal Kombat were a big part of the appeal, who the hell wants Sub-Zero to shoot snowcones out of a leaf blower?

  • June 9, 2010, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Looks ten times better than ANYTHING Paul WS Anderson has done..

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Nice test footage.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Video game promo? WHO CARES... MAKE THIS MOVIE!!

    by vini77

    Seriously, this looks awesome. Make this movie now.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:50 a.m. CST

    I've been waiting for an update to my masturbatory 7 of 9 fantas

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    Thank you random Mortal Kombat internet thingee for delivering me some new Jerry Ryan! Just as I knew it would happen the second Voyager went off the air 9 years ago....I knew years later it would somehow be Mortal Kombat that would bring her back to me!

  • June 9, 2010, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Mortal Komedy

    by MurderMostFowl

    I loved this series... not as good as SF: The Later Years, but fun... <BR> ( mind the spaces of course ) <BR> http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1925555 <BR><BR> http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1931079

  • June 9, 2010, 12:52 a.m. CST

    The Dark Knight is to genre movies as Watchmen was to comics

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Lesser talents ripping off all of the "gritty" surface elements for 20 years after. <p>Hard R is the stupidest phrase in the universe after 'cassingle'.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Staunch defenders of the Mortal Kombat mythology...

    by Burgundy82

    ...just might be the most pathetic people who've ever entered a talkback. Seriously—the cows in Slim Jims are more sacred.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Hm, there's one survivor of harlequin fetus that's 26 years old

    by pikazerox

    I've only got 3-4 years to prove me right.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Kinda cool...

    by DigitalBeachWar

    Its in the right direction... the acting is awful. its too forced to let us remember the characters. glad they removed the dumb outland realm shit.

  • June 9, 2010, 1 a.m. CST

    Do it.

    by leisuredrummer

    Actualy was really good. I'd pay to see more.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:02 a.m. CST

    I'll take the gritty realism and R rating of this

    by NeoDevilbaneX

    ... but I'll leave the "Real World Baraka" and such. Mortal Kombat kinda needs Outworld and all that. They can tone down the costumes if they must, but the mythology ought to be mostly intact.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:03 a.m. CST

    This video needs to get millions of views

    by vini77

    Hopefully they will let this man make this movie. He knows what's up.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:05 a.m. CST

    SO GRITTY.

    by RedHorseVector

    mmm! grit!

  • June 9, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Jery Ryan as Sonia? I don't see it

    by kobain

    But the rest just works. As long as they don't water it down to a pg13 and keep Christopher Lambert FAR FAR away from this

  • June 9, 2010, 1:12 a.m. CST

    I don't know how they rest of you are watching this

    by Anything But Tangerines

    I get "an error occured"

  • June 9, 2010, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Tangerines: watch this instead (Joker in Batman 3)

    by CRISPIN_GLOVERS_ACID_FLASHBACK

    http://www.youtube.com/wat ch?v=DW_0VnuceTY

  • June 9, 2010, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Suggestions and incomplete knowledge

    by zer05um

    I like this - I like this a lot. There is no suggestion as to whether this is real-word or not. Certainly the extreme body modifications and so forth suggest a hidden / dark magical element. If, as others here have noted, the tournament is actually in the underworld then I'm all up for this. Very impressed

  • June 9, 2010, 1:20 a.m. CST

    If they could keep that style, I'd buy it.

    by V'Shael

    But I doubt they could. Too many fan boys would want it to be more like the game.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Looks pretty decent to me

    by reflecto

    Sure, some of the "real world" retcons of the more fantastical characters are a bit silly but hell, that series and its story crawled up its own ass years ago - and this does not preclude them from introducing certain supernatural elements woven in with the gritty reality.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Didn't we already learn from that Street Fighter remake....

    by Kai_Mah'gra

    .....that putting the big bad bosses of the video games (Bison, Shang Tsung) in pin-striped suits is never EVER a good thing for the movies. Part of the whole reason that they are BIG bad Boss characters in the games is because they have all these crazy powers that make them almost impossible to beat and which kind of adds to the whole dread factor. What, now the worst thing to fear in the world is a JP Morgan investment banker. Oh wait, bad example. <p> <p> Next thing you'll be saying is that they propose to have Goro depicted as a high powered Lawyer born with six fingers and one rapier wit and silver tongue. <p> <p> And seeing Miss Jeri "I'm-still-trying-to-find-my-career" Ryan as Sonya Blade instead of an actual, you know, martial artist, who can actually fight, is an equally bad sign. Unless they can giver her a crash course. But we all know how that worked out the last time with Briggette Neilson ( when they could have gone for the actress that Sonya Blade is actually based on instead and who can both fight and act - the chick that played Chyna O'Brian - I forget her name). What? Jessica Alba wasn't available? At least Sub-Zero looks Pimp from these early renders (remove any dashes from the link below) - <p> http://www.zbrushcentral.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=133717 <p> ......but I dread to think how's they'll explain his freezing powers. I smell a very bad Mr. Freeze from Batman re-hash coming our way.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Stupid, just stupid.

    by SmokingRobot

    MK is a fantasy movie, not some half-assed attempt to copy SEVEN. This is completely, totally WRONG.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Doo eet...

    by blackwood

    Are people really discussing the mythology of Mortal Kombat with a "K"? It's not source material, guys. It's art direction and game mechanics given a sheen of nineties juvenile badassery. The 'plot' of the Mortal Kombat games is YOU'RE FUCKING RETARDED.<p>I hope they get to make this. Looks neat.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:39 a.m. CST

    VermithraxPejorative, it's not Dark Knight's fault

    by MattmanReturns

    The filmmakers knew what was appropriate for Batman, and it's not their fault everyone now thinks that style is appropriate for everything. A similar mistake was repeated with Avatar... everyone thought 3D was suddenly the answer... but they forgot that 3D was APPROPRIATE for Avatar, and done very well. Also, remember all the bullet time nonsense in every movie after Matrix? Same shit all over again. It's annoying, but it's not the fault of far superior films that knew how to handle their respective genres.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:39 a.m. CST

    bring

    by hirst

    this shit on!! oh hell yes!!!!

  • June 9, 2010, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Was this shot on a Canon 7D?

    by BadMrWonka

    rolling shutter like WHOA!!<p>Jai White is underrated though, I'm always rooting for the guy.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:50 a.m. CST

    Meanwhile Drew at Hitfix.....

    by OutlawsDelejos

    said he didn't like how grungy and how just like Se7en it was trying to be (but supported the video). Love that shit.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:50 a.m. CST

    I played the games

    by gutshot

    and i dont give a shit about the story. It is a bunch of wacky characters who beat the snot out of each other. It's like that for every game, Street fighter, mortal Kombat, clay fighter, snk vs capcom. the game says your fighting people, and then you work up a tower of photos and kill each person. and then you win and that is the end. there is not a rich story to draw from here. I will watch it for sure.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:51 a.m. CST

    NICE!!!

    by Dlgothv

    Calling the folks of District 9! That was fucking cool! Make it!

  • June 9, 2010, 1:54 a.m. CST

    That did look awesome though

    by MattmanReturns

    Gotta admit.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Apparently they are all bullet proof?

    by Dingbatty

    What is the point of a tournament if this is reality based?

  • June 9, 2010, 1:56 a.m. CST

    The 2 MK movies have the coolest opening title credits.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    When the music starts up and the flames rise through the logos...both times my theater started cheering like crazy. They better keep that. <BR><BR> But yeah, like others have said, I'm not so sure about a "realistic" Mortal Kombat...can you really pull a Batman Begins on it? It should be reveling in its fantasy element, dont you think? The vibe should be that presented in the Mortal Kombat II game, the best and most loved installment. Still, it looks good...though I hope they don't focus on Sonya and Jax just because they are the Americans. Focus should stay on Liu Kang and he shouldnt be all Americany like in the original movies.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:56 a.m. CST

    I can't believe how many haters there are

    by Superturd

    For someone who's been playing since MK 1, this is phenomenal, a serious, gritty take on a video game has been a long time coming; elevating video game mythos, especially one as huge as Mortal Kombat, to the level of dark, intense entertainment is a huge step, and denying that, and imploring that it should stay in the unexplainable fantasy realm (with bullshit rules that would piss you off in the final product), is such shortsited stubborn hater bullshit. I pray this works out, and anyone who has hope for legit video game movies (and not Jerry Bruckheimer horseshit) should do the same.

  • June 9, 2010, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Colour me impressed

    by Mr_Pete

    It was an interesting concept well told and the fight scene was far better shot than most recent hollywood actioners since you could actually see what was happening. Throw a bit of money behind it and we could be on to something here. Use 'Metal Kombat For The Mortal Man' by Powerglove as the theme music and 1000x yes to the suggestion of Tony Jaa as Lui Kang!

  • June 9, 2010, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Hell Yeah

    by Lucky_Day

    I kind of dug the original MK movie. Obviously it had it's share of flaws, but all in all it was a fun flick. But I am totally down with the direction that this one is going. We need some gritty baddassnes, not powers, gods and shit. I don't think that you can get away from looking kind of silly by keeping the mythological aspect in.

  • June 9, 2010, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Never really played martal kombat

    by batmans_pants

    mostly because I suck royally at fighting games. But that was really good. It would convince me to part with my hard earned at the multiplex.

  • June 9, 2010, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Michael Jai White

    by Shubniggorath

    I am just now watching the short but I would see on that name alone.

  • June 9, 2010, 2:13 a.m. CST

    I say... do it

    by We_like_it_VERY_MUCH

    looks pretty cool. Just keep it brutal.

  • June 9, 2010, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Dingbatty, yeah, because there are no tournaments in real life

    by MattmanReturns

  • June 9, 2010, 2:24 a.m. CST

    THIS IS NOTHING WITHOUT THE TECHNO THEME

    by zillabeast

    MORRRRRRTALLLL KOMBAAAAAAAAT!!!!!!

  • June 9, 2010, 2:26 a.m. CST

    I'm torn

    by David Cloverfield

    This feels like Ultimate Mortal Kombat (in the Marvel Comics sense). It's still fanasy, but more grounded and fucked up. I still want a mythological Mortal Kombat, but I would watch the fuck out of it. It's not like MK had such a great, sacred story.

  • June 9, 2010, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Well how about 100% mythical? With 0% modern day?

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    After watching this clip a few times, its grown on me. The gritty modern day feel does have lots of potential. <BR><BR> But just to throw it out there, what about in the complete opposite direction...meaning go completely Clash of the Titans mythical?<BR> Meaning, throw out all the modern day characters. Jax, Stryker, Johnny Cage, etc. are all eliminated.<BR> Only go with characters existing in a fantasy realm...meaning Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Baraka, Liu Kang, Shang Tsung, Goro, etc...<BR> Again, an Eastern Clash of the Titans vibe with hard-R violence in a fantasy tournament. <BR>That could work better than a gritty approach in modern day New York or something, where you have to de-fantasize all the character's special abilities...

  • June 9, 2010, 2:32 a.m. CST

    They tired 100% mythical with ANNIHILATION

    by zillabeast

    They failed.

  • June 9, 2010, 2:36 a.m. CST

    wtf people

    by Sinsdevice

    Really?! you guys are bitching about this? REALLY?! This looks good and entertaining! We all saw what happened when they tried to tie in ALL the crap from the games. We got an alright one movie and then we had a REALLY stupid one. NOBODY not even the people talking smack want to go watch a movie about a tournament that is going to kill all the fighters anyways.The movie would end in less than an hour. Fatality after fatality just to make fanboys happy but then u will talk shit about how the movie had no story. I can agree that some of the people should or maybe not be human since they are not supposed to be but does it really matter? I mean he still cut the head off did he not? You saw blood didn't you? Goro was retarded anyways should they just jump kick the bastard over and over again like the game to kill him too? this looks sick and i want to make them make it fanboys need not apply its bad enough i had to watch street fighter as a kid!

  • June 9, 2010, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Annihilation was not 100% mythical.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Annihilation was everything they could possibly shove into the movie. Annihilation had robots and modern day computer labs, and a Shao Khan that looked like he got lost on the way to the WWE show.

  • June 9, 2010, 2:36 a.m. CST

    WOOOOOOW

    by CBU2029

    holy cow, this looks absolutely awesome! what a nice change in a darker and more realistic setting. oh please WB bring us this movie!!!

  • June 9, 2010, 2:39 a.m. CST

    Early 90s video game plots

    by brodiebruce_405

    were made up after the game to fill in the booklet, and idiots like this want to make it into a mythology?

  • June 9, 2010, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Baraka looks like shit...

    by SamLoomis1978

    but fuck it, I'm in!

  • June 9, 2010, 2:44 a.m. CST

    The problem is...

    by fatjesuschrysler

    the nerds (you know who you are) turn this stuff into something it's not. Mortal Kombat was a fun video game for a lot of people-NOT LORD OF THE FUCKING RINGS! The only story that existed was there to simply tie the carachters together and give the game some weight. The rest of the world doesn't give a fuck about who Lui Kang is and why the fuck he's fighting in a mystical tournament against four armed ninja turtles or what-the-fuck-ever! The rest of the world just doesn't care about the back story and mythology- if that's what you want to call it. Ask anyone what Mortal Kombat is about and they'll likely just tell you it's the game were you rip peoples arms outta there sockets. I know they won't go into a long ass diatribe about what ever y'all thinks it's about.<P> So when something like this comes along, and this truly looks badass for a video game movie, you nerd boys start whining and crying and pissing yourselves about not being faithful and too gritty while the rest of us KNOW it's actually pretty fuckin' cool. <P> If this were something that were actually mythological or age old literature, then I may be a little more sympathetic, but let's be serious, it's a video game. If it's 100% faithfulness to source material that you want, go watch the original movie. Too bad you don't like that one either. Nerd.<P> Finally, as Hitchens mentioned, this is a short film designed to generate some interest, which for me it did, and there's nothing that suggests it couldn't get crazy later. If it does- right on! Either way, that shorty looks all kinds of badass and I hope they keep that same dark tone.

  • June 9, 2010, 2:44 a.m. CST

    keep in mind also

    by Sinsdevice

    that this is just a draft and is not supposed to be the real thing but the fact that they have scorpion throwing that hook even though they dont show it and the fact that they have his eye balls white and he can still see means they are still doing stuff that is not realistic i mean when was the last time you had a guy implant weapons into his arms?

  • June 9, 2010, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Looks Badass. F the Haters

    by jedihillis

    I've played MK since the beginning and saw both movies. First one was fun, 2nd was horrible. They can only go up from here! I NEVER expected an MK movie would go this direction. It's risky, but it works! (so far) I say keep it and screw all the fanboys. Just make the movie you want to make. MK hasn't been relevant in years, most especially in the film arena. This could actually be a fun, gritty movie.

  • June 9, 2010, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Lady Gaga should have a role in this

    by zillabeast

  • June 9, 2010, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Sindal?

    by Sinsdevice

  • June 9, 2010, 2:52 a.m. CST

    Did your theater go nuts during "Reptile" in the 1st movir?

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Mine exploded in cheers when the narrator said "Reptile".

  • June 9, 2010, 2:55 a.m. CST

    I want to hear VERN's thoughts on this one.

    by zillabeast

    He's the direct to DVD specialist, which this has all the markings of.

  • June 9, 2010, 2:58 a.m. CST

    In Today's "Most Awesomest News EVARRR!!" section....

    by Kai_Mah'gra

    .....http://tinyurl.com/2e8zagx

  • June 9, 2010, 3:13 a.m. CST

    This looks very promising, being in its early stages

    by mattforce7

    Once the weight of Scorpions character set in, and we learned about his real Other Worldly abilities, how could you think this wasn't leading into the real MK universe? There is Lots of room for much needed improvement, some alternative casting onthe part of Baraka imo, and just flesh out the important culture within the characters and fighting styles. <p> and hitchens </p> I had the same vague sense of this story arch eluding to the other universe once Scorpions history w Sub Zero was addressed. This is can be really bad ass if written well..a Nolan, perhaps?

  • June 9, 2010, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Hrmmm...

    by SunTzu77

    Looks like direct to DVD at best. <br> The fact that those involved are trying to base everything in reality is what will hurt it. <br> Like... someone mentioned... how the hell are they going to explain Goro? He was born with extra arms? http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13046061/ <br> Raiden is an electrician? <br> Kitana is an exotic dancer that goes by the stage name "Princess?" <br> Stryker is Tony Stark's nephew?

  • June 9, 2010, 3:16 a.m. CST

    FRIENDSHIP?FRIENDSHIP?

    by bobbyperusteeth

    Does anyone remember Liu Kangs disco dance from MKII? Fucking hilarious.

  • June 9, 2010, 3:21 a.m. CST

    errr

    by SunTzu77

    Excuse me... Sektor will be Tony Stark's nephew. <br> Stryker will be a heroin addicted vice cop that does kick boxing as a hobby.

  • June 9, 2010, 3:22 a.m. CST

    @MattmanReturns

    by Dingbatty

    That's not the point. The cop is claiming that they have to defeat the baddies via unarmed (mostly) brawling during a tournament, when a bullet would suffice.

  • June 9, 2010, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Sub zero...

    by SunTzu77

    Sub zero will be an assassin that has frost bite. He carries a liquid nitrogen tank around on his back.

  • June 9, 2010, 3:25 a.m. CST

    Wait wait... I got it

    by SunTzu77

    Dr. Dieter Laser makes Goro!!!!

  • June 9, 2010, 3:28 a.m. CST

    @ LV_426

    by fatjesuschrysler

    And that, my friend, is why I am glad people like you aren't in charge of getting these movies made. They will never EVER be good enough.<P> What this could possibly do is get millions of people interested in a new MK flick by upping the gritty realistic ante, or at least bringing back some old fans- such as me. Before this morning there was 0 interest in an MK movie. When you try to appeal to fanboy sensibilities you are seriously cutting back on your potential audience. I'm not saying I like that, but I understand why they do it.<P> For the record- I hope it has some fantastical elements to it. Of course I love those things about the game, I just wanna see it mixed in with the gritty dark of the short film.<P> It's just a bit presumptuous to say they've completely changed MK from the source material from an 8 minute film.

  • June 9, 2010, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Here's another trailer...

    by SunTzu77

    Here's another trailer for the MK concept. <br> http://tiny.cc/9ch51

  • June 9, 2010, 3:34 a.m. CST

    What's sad is the "real world" reasoning

    by Dingbatty

    for Reptile is potentially horribly insulting to a few individuals with Harlequin type ichthyosis, particularly Nusrit Shaheen (pic and interview): http://tinyurl.com/djdm2s

  • June 9, 2010, 3:34 a.m. CST

    I'm Torn...

    by UltimaRex

    Yep, capital T (no "code name" jokes thanks). On one hand I dislike all the changes, on the other this is BADASS and I can ACTUALLY SEE THE FIGHTING. Y'know what? I'm not torn anymore. If this can get rid of shakycam DO IT!

  • June 9, 2010, 3:36 a.m. CST

    More enjoyable than any of the MK films.

    by Ecto-1

    If you're reading this Warners, I say give him a shot at it.

  • June 9, 2010, 3:36 a.m. CST

    MK - FUN + SLASHER = BULLSHIT

    by UMAGA

    This is fucking stupid. Who's idea was it to take out all the magic and Outworld and make Baraka a rasta? Wolverine can get Baraka right and you fucks can't. And what the fuck is DOOGAN CITY or some shit? Fuck this shit. Bring back otherworldly creatures and Outworld itself.

  • June 9, 2010, 3:36 a.m. CST

    BRING BACK MORIARTY

    by UMAGA

    He can fix this.

  • June 9, 2010, 3:48 a.m. CST

    LV

    by mattforce7

    Like i said...LOTS OF ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT Cheers

  • June 9, 2010, 3:51 a.m. CST

    by fatjesuschrysler

  • June 9, 2010, 3:55 a.m. CST

    This is what you get

    by UltimaRex

    for even suggesting a 1930's Superman movie.

  • June 9, 2010, 3:56 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah, i almost forgot...

    by fatjesuschrysler

    they were still freaks to begin with.<P> Look on the bright side people, if there is indeed a new MK movie being made and it sucks, you still have the faithful Paul W.S. Anderson version to watch.

  • June 9, 2010, 4 a.m. CST

    The only things they've gotten right so far...

    by mattforce7

    Is the Scorpion arch w Sub and a sense of urgency. they need to do lots of rewrites, if there is even a full first draft written.

  • June 9, 2010, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Remember,the MK games started to suck in the "real world"....

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    MK games started to suck when they entered the "real world"...starting with MK3. <BR><BR> MK1 and 2 existed in this fantasy, asian-inspired universe. <BR> You had Shang Tsung sitting on his "throne" above many monk looking dudes. You had the level with the statues in the back, and of course, the pit. MK2 continued this fantasy theme...ancient-looking concrete buildings in a far away land.<BR><BR> Remember when MK3 came out, and suddenly levels were in modern day cities, and in city subways and shit? Fatalities included getting hit by a subway train?? I remember my friends and I going WTF. <BR><BR> It's not as good in the "real world"...imo it's better in some far away land...where ninjas can shoot freeze balls.

  • June 9, 2010, 4:16 a.m. CST

    Fair enough dude.

    by fatjesuschrysler

    I see what you're saying. Personally, I think the fact that it's MK is what limits it's audience. The "realism" would appeal to more people or so it would seem to me. Hell, even my non-nerd non-gamer girlfriend was interested after she saw that trailer.<p> I'm just sayin, don't dismiss it yet. It's an 8 min "commercial" the director made for the suits at WB.

  • June 9, 2010, 4:19 a.m. CST

    Wow, nice.

    by Deathpool

    Very cool little scene. Jazzed to see this, and when was the last time someone could say they were jazzed about Mortal Kombat?

  • June 9, 2010, 4:25 a.m. CST

    Loved the video! But...

    by Johnno

    Don't go all the way with 'realism.' Sure 'realism' some things I guess, but keep the mythos and fantasy in as well. Build upon it from a realistic setting slowly growing more into the fantastical realm. And also try and bring back the classic costumes somehow. Redesigned, sure, but i the tournament I want to see Reptile hiding behind the green-ness and Scorpion and Sub Zero somehow retaining their classic visages. They don't need to be wearing it all the time. But it needs to be in there! Try and do what you can. But I wanna see the fantasy in there too with all its gods, immortals, soul stealing, fatality, brutality and if possible friendships, babalities and animalities for some lol joke moments, like what Johnny cage did when he killed Scopion and tossed his autograph in the fire in the first film. Little stuff like that pulled off right is awesome!<br><br>Oh and this can't be stressed enough... BRING BACK KMFDM, TRACI LORDS, and ALL the Awesome techno! Particularily the MK theme!

  • June 9, 2010, 4:31 a.m. CST

    Too bad, YOU, will DIE!

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    I don't know how the hell they could bring in any more of the character and keep it remotely grounded in reality, they would have to remove all the silly fantasy stuff. How they hell would they translate sub zero and raiden to this worl?!

  • June 9, 2010, 4:32 a.m. CST

    Baraka still looked horrible.

    by Monkey_King

    Lose the dreadlocks.

  • June 9, 2010, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Someone's head needs to be punched off......

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    This is Mortal Kombat. We've had two movies and a cartoon series, and nobody's head has been punched off, much less a nice spine pull. Lets get this done.

  • June 9, 2010, 4:36 a.m. CST

    How on earth can an ex action star be a mole ???

    by barnaby jones

    I mean really !

  • June 9, 2010, 4:44 a.m. CST

    Is This Mcweeney's Mk?

    by Broseph

  • June 9, 2010, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Street Fighter's still the best

    by TheWaqman

    Van Damme as all-American Guile. Raul Julia as Bison. Truly entertaining stuff. This looks slick for a test reel. Buuuuut...it's so serious it's laughable. They probably will make Raiden an electrician.

  • June 9, 2010, 4:49 a.m. CST

    okay yeah this is awesome

    by Datascream

    I love the change in theme and story. No bullshit magic crap, just down to earth grittiness. This would be the ideal movie to get made. Plus we get the scorpion/subzero hate. I like how the Underworld can be looked at as the criminal underworld. MAKE THIS NOW!

  • June 9, 2010, 4:49 a.m. CST

    Ive got mixed feelings about this.

    by Father

    On one hand, it looks GREAT and the action is fantastic, but on the other hand, it doesnt feel like mortal kombat to me- just a violent sci-fi movie where the characters share the same names as mortal kombat characters. If this does get made into a feature i hope it incorporates more visual references from the game.

  • June 9, 2010, 4:52 a.m. CST

    Even aside from Mortal Kombat, this looks fucking horrendous

    by IndustryKiller!

    Let's ignore the laughable bastardization this is of it's source material, it just looks completely retarded, and not in a good way. What they've done to redefine the characters looks like it literally came from a name punched into an internet character generator. It stars name actors? Big fucking deal. They are hamming it up JUST as bad as anyone was in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, so I don't want to hear any bitching about that awful film if you are going to extol he virtues of this equally hammy crap.

  • June 9, 2010, 5:01 a.m. CST

    Guys this is a promo for the new rebooted MK videogame

    by ominus

    which is going to get announced in this weekend's E3.Yes it is also a promo in order to convince the studios to make a new r-rated MK movie but it is also a way to make noise in order to promote the new r-rated rebooted MK videogame,thats why they released the video before the E3.

  • June 9, 2010, 5:07 a.m. CST

    fatjesuschrysler, you're the one with shitty taste.....douceh ba

    by IndustryKiller!

    I don't fucking care if this is a Mortal Kombat film or no (well I do, but not for the purposes of this discussion) it looks like the cheesiest fucking garbage since Street Fighter: The Movie. If you think this looks cool, I don't really see what you're wiggle room here is to mock others. It looks like an Asylum production with a well choreographed fight scene mystifyingly shoehorned into it with a sledgehammer. And if NO ONE cared about Mortal Kombat or it's story, we wouldn't be here right now talking about it. Clearly there was something to it, as I don't see anyone talking about doing a fucking War Gods movie. So there goes your trite little cynical theory right down the toilet.

  • June 9, 2010, 5:42 a.m. CST

    That bit about Johnn Cage being "undercover"...

    by SamLoomis1978

    I agree with whoever mentioned this earlier... how can you hire an ex action hero movie star as a mole?? That was by far the stupidest bit in the trailer, and Baraka looks like shit. Other than that it was pretty sweet.

  • June 9, 2010, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa IS Shang Tsung

    by Koborover

    I think that Paul W.S. Anderson movie is great for what it is, a campy martial arts film based on a fighting game. The cool techno music and some fun performances (Tagawa, Lambert) make it work, even with the surprising lack of blood and violence.

  • June 9, 2010, 6:14 a.m. CST

    MORRRTAAAAL CUMMMM BAAAATH!

    by DickBallsworth

    I think I can get on board with this.

  • June 9, 2010, 6:16 a.m. CST

    It DOES Look DTV...

    by Pawprint

    High production values, highly entertaining DTV, but DTV nonetheless.<p> Would I watch it? definately.<p> LOL@ "Mortal Cum Bath!"

  • June 9, 2010, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Michael Jai White

    by Autodidact

    .. is current king of Hollywood action guys in my opinion. He's such a goddamn bad-ass!

  • June 9, 2010, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Mortal Kombat 'Kanon'?!

    by Pawprint

    LV426 and others bitching about ripping up established canon should think again - especially LV426 who accuses the director of ripping up the canon and not building on it - he HAS built on it; the majority of what we see is faithful with a spin, eg:<p> Jax & Sonya are still partners.<p> There's still a secret tournament.<p> It's still organised by Shang Tsung.<p> Scorpion is still an assassin who is the sworn enemy of sub-zero.<p> Reptile is reptilian in appearance.<p> Baraka still has the sharp teeth and the blades.<p> It's just been built on and modified so it can be set in the real world.

  • June 9, 2010, 7 a.m. CST

    Will it have Kano?

    by Alientoast

    Kano: "You can't do this...this is brutality!" Jax: "No Kano, this is a FATALITY!!!" Kano: "Noooooooooooooo!!!!"

  • June 9, 2010, 7:02 a.m. CST

    It hasnt been "built on" Pawprint

    by IndustryKiller!

    It's been violently and absurdly smashed into a version of itself that, given how despite it's "realism" ( and I REALLY mean those quotation marks) it's still the hammiest fucking thing I've seen in years, it was never meant to be. There is NOTHING whatsoever organic or interesting or artful about the way they have gone about smashing this square peg into a round hole. It's so ham handed and completely with grace that I refuse to believe they spent any more than the running time of the short itself to actually write the script. And the execution is so piss poor on everything other than a fight choreography level that any self respecting fan of good storytelling couldn't possibly take it seriously. I mean do yous eriously fucking think a self mutilating ex-doctor Baraka with self installed blades is any less ridiculous and over the top than a creature from another world? At least with the latter you have an opportunity to create a mythology, the way this god awful short did it leaves room for nothing but silly post-modern cynicism.

  • June 9, 2010, 7:04 a.m. CST

    TONY JAA FOR LIU KANG!!! YOU HEAR ME???!!!

    by Johnno

    And I'm cool with a mix of outworld and realism. Reptile could have been born on Earth, but still be an outworld product. He could just be found as an abandoned baby with no parents, no nothing... I don't know a heck of a lot about Baraka, but say it was just a human channeling some outworld demon who is taking him over? Maybe they explore different ways as to how the outworld infects the real world. Maybe all these 'realism' things are just the authorities trying to find a rationale for all this crazy stuff. I like that a lot better! There are ways to do this right, and I think I'm on to something! Let this be the first of many films that gradually move form the real world into the crazier fantastical elements. Heck Sub Zero's powers could very well be a mix of otherworld-ness and technology... I don't know how they'll explain Scoprion pulling off his face to reveal a skull that breathes fire... but hey maybe in time, like Baraka, whatever's still human of him inevitably becomes more demonic through posession and he will be a bad guy in the sequel.<br><br>And as for the dialogue, geez gentlemen... it's a promo and they're probably playing it up. I doubt it's all an accurate assessment of the script and how they'll handle the dialogue. Seems to just be a quick video to try and lay down the style and toss in as many fangasm references as possible. in other words... to be fun! Stop trying to judge an entire movie based on a short promo advertisement.

  • June 9, 2010, 7:04 a.m. CST

    8 minutes of good

    by craptacular

    What about the other 50. These movies are always either awful or way too short. Conceptually I like a reality based MK, but the minute dudes start throwing fireballs its going to lose all credibility, and then its just another MK turd sammich.

  • June 9, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST

    The masses don't give a shit about the Outworld

    by MyManD316

    And neither do I. I've been with the series since the first arcade invaded my local soda pop factory (weird place, I know) and I've never given two shits about the backstory. I'm willing to bet most of the games' fans don't much care, either. I mean, for fuck's sake, it's a FIGHTING GAME storyline here. It was never a well thought out narrative and by the time DC characters entered the fray, you can't even call it a narrative anymore. It was just shit that happened because Ed Boon had a wet dream and thought it was brilliant. (p) Now as for this, it had looked like an AWESOME teaser for a new video game. But as for a premise to a new MK movie? Better than anything the games did and about on par with any tournament based flick. Which, of course, means it'll probably be kinda shitty, but may have a chance of attaining a cult status if the fights are fun, bloody and someone gets pushed into a pool of acid.

  • June 9, 2010, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Johnno you sound like a 7 year old hypothesizing

    by IndustryKiller!

    "And then...uhh...maybe Lui Kang can eventually like control fire...cause uhh...the other world starts coming through more and he gets more magical....and uhh...that's when the dragon part like gets hinted at.." Give me a fucking break.

  • June 9, 2010, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Ok, let's do it this way. What do you like about this teaser?

    by IndustryKiller!

    Other than t fight choreograph? Because other than that it looks pathetic. If the simple fact that it's dimly lit and has blood keeps you from seeing how ridiculously cheesy it is then Im gonna have to go ahead and call you an idiot. SO tell me, what about this holds up as quality?

  • June 9, 2010, 7:16 a.m. CST

    I like that...

    by craptacular

    It doesn't look like somebody stuffed the casting rejects from Big Trouble in Little China into Enter the Dragon.

  • June 9, 2010, 7:21 a.m. CST

    this looks fucking cheap

    by Bruce of all Trades

    how would they explain how someone who suffers from Harlequin ichthyosis is not only a serial killer, but is an expert martial artist when he should be in a hospital hooked up on life support or whatever? Same goes for that self-mutilating doctor who also knows kung fu. What, are they supposed to be some kind of badass martial arts, know-it-all McGyvers? The very fact that these guys can do all of this takes away the same realism that trailer tries to implement. These types of characters work better in a non-realistic story. And if they can push for an R-rated realistic take on MK, they can certainly make an R-rated fantasy story.

  • June 9, 2010, 7:22 a.m. CST

    This was awesome.

    by dailysportspages

    Chow Yun Fat for Shang Tsung?

  • June 9, 2010, 7:25 a.m. CST

    want the fantasy element back

    by doomas10

    looks good. However, i want the fantasy element back. The realms, the gods and the souls. What the hell is this approach? The fight scene looks awesome, however baraca as a surgeon serial killer? Scorpion as the hero and he is chinese? Johnny Cage dead??? Shang Tsung as a businessman? Reptile as a serial killer? So the main idea is to put all the bad characters and classify them as serial killers, rapists, evil businessman and assassins.. Who the hell wants a MK movie like that? I absolutely loved the first MK. It had captured nicely the atmosphere of the game. The sets were amazing, the exotic locations added an extra touch, the soundtrack was cool and the fight scenes awesome! How can forget the fight between scorpion and JC or Liu Kang and Reptile? The use of microcameras in the fights was excellent! Light entertainment at its best! Shame the whole thing died with the piece of crap that MK2 was. Overall, take the same production values of this 8 minute thing and applied them into the mythological aspects of the game. But do not emphasize into a total serious cluster because this is mortal kombat not science. And you sure have a hit!

  • June 9, 2010, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Well thats awfully general craptacular

    by IndustryKiller!

    So basically what you like is that it isn't Mortal Kombat: Annihilation in it's base aesthetic, damnt he fact that it's not an ounce less goofy. Talk about throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Doesn't occur to you that you can make a film that doesn't look like a cartoon without pissing on EVERYTHING that makes the property what it is? That just doesn't really compute? No? Oh and p.s., no it's not the casting rejects from Big Trouble, it's the ones from Hellraiser 3, real big fucking step up.

  • June 9, 2010, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Movie "REAL" world + Game "FANTASY" world can COEXIST

    by dailysportspages

    In the games Jax and Sonya are Special Forces members, but also members of the Outer World Investigation Agency. <br> In this new movie they seem to be regular cops. Still with Jax as Sonya's superior. <br> Think of what we saw on this clip being sort of a prequel to the Jax/Sonya story of the game. <br><br> They both had extensive careers as soldiers in the army and then as special forces. <br> Upon retirement they both went into law enforcement, Jax bringing Sonya aboard when he made Captain of his precinct. <br> Jax starts noticing patterns of outright criminal behavior. <br> He starts an independent investigation focused on some of these strange and seemingly deranged criminals. <br> With the help of Sonya he is able to build a dossier of various messed up criminals who are engaging in the worst acts of violence humanity can envision. <br> A central figure seems connected to everyone else, Shang Tsung. <br><br> This is the point where the events of the movie take place in the storyline of our two cops. They are trying to stop Shang Tsung. <br><br> Shang Tsung is involved in the occult, he is a member of an ages long cult that means to bring darkness to the earth by summoning who his cult believes is the god of chaos/war... Shao Kahn. <br> Through Tsungs occult activities the level of evil in the world is rising. <br> Its seems as if the souls of humans are being infected with greater and greater evil. <br> Tsung collects the most evil of these men to become the frontline force in the army of the coming Shao Kahn. <br> This is all in preparation for Shao Kahns arrival in our realm. <br> Tsung believes that by pledging his soul to Kahn and bringing him to earth that he can achieve immortality. <br><br> Raiden long ago pledged to stop Shang Tsung from accomplishing his goals. He too knows of the Dark Priests and their Shao Kahn cult. It is his duty to stop Shang Tsung because Raiden feels responsible for Tsung following the dark path. They are brothers. <br><br> Somewhere in the middle of the movie Jax finds Raiden and he finds out the truth behind Shang Tsung and how much greater this whole thing is. <br> The US Government decides to create a task force to handle this new threat, and since Jax and Sonya have special forces and police detective experience... they are perfect for the job. <br> This new task force is tasked with investigating the twisted individuals committing all of this violence, and stopping Shang Tsung from accomplishing his goals. Similar to the Outer World Investigation Agency from the game. <br><br> At some point Sonya is taken hostage and Jax goes to her rescue. He succeeds at rescuing her but loses both his arms in the process. <br> Shang Tsungs final plans to create a body that will house the soul of Shao Kahn fail. Instead he creates a mutant uncontrollable monster named Goro. <br> Goro nearly kills Shang Tsung before Liu Kang and the others are able to defeat him. Shang Tsung escapes to fight another movie. <br><br> BTW, the age thing that some people are complaining about... If Jax and Sonya are special forces, then would have had to have been regular army first. So you have to think that they are somewhere in their 30's at the very least. <br> And to gain a rank of Captain in the police force Jax had to have been there for a good while, so maybe around 40 or so. But is a soldier who works out and eats right therefore he is fit and looks a bit younger. <br> You cant have Sonya be some 20 year old Special Forces soldier, makes no sense. So her being an older chick in her mid 30s and a detective makes a lot more realistic sense. He fight scenes can be done by Zoe Bell or something.

  • June 9, 2010, 7:29 a.m. CST

    More about Shang Tsung/Raiden

    by dailysportspages

    More about the Shang Tsung/Raiden brothers storyline... <br> The ending would be that while Shang Tsung is consumed in his desire to gain immortal life... it ends up being Raiden who ends up becoming immortal after he gives his life to save others. When he dies he is able to come back to earth... except not as a Human, but as a being from another realm. <br> And as a being from another realm he cannot really interact with humanity. He can affect the world via his control of lightning, but cant really physically take human form. <br> But people can sense and "feel" him. <br> And a few special people (namely one very devoted warrior monk) can actually see and talk to him. <br><br> So after Raiden dies he ascends into what we would call the afterlife, except he is not all the way gone, his soul is still on earth as a protector of what is good and just. <br> He is now "Lord Raiden" as we have come to know him, the protector of this "Earthly Realm". And thats how he gains full knowledge that there is yet another realm, a realm that is infecting the souls of humanity. <br> Its his job to protect earth from being consumed by the dark forces of this Other (outworld) Realm.

  • June 9, 2010, 7:30 a.m. CST

    I'm torn...

    by Obnoxious_Username

    The dialog is fucking terrible and would cause the audience to laugh at the wrong moments if the whole movie was like that. However visually, I like the look and tone of it. I'm as far from a fanboy as you can get, but taking the "magic" out of the story seems like a bad idea. The best part of the games was shooting ice and spitting acid at people. If that's truly gone, then all you have is a movie that trying too hard to be like Saw meets The Dark Knight.

  • June 9, 2010, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Special Powers are NOT a problem.

    by dailysportspages

    The special powers for Scorpion, Sub Zero and Kano are easy. <br> Sub Zero and Scorpion both use the power of opposite elements as their main weapons. <br> This is a fighting technique tailored specifically to them by their Ninja masters. <br> Sub Zero carries a small liquid nitrogen tank that allows him to manipulate ice. <br> Scorpion carries a similar incendiary device that allows him to manipulate fire. <br><br> Kano is a mercenary and a world class thief. <br> A soldier of fortune who takes jobs not just because of the pay included, but because of the possibility to steal, cheat and double cross people out of even more riches along the way. <br> In an encounter with Sonya and/or Jax he ends up losing an eye... only to later come back with a new eye thats actually an infrared laser that is perfectly in sync with his good eye, allowing him great accuracy with his throwing knives. <br> Eventually maybe in a sequel or whatever technology will be far enough advanced for him to get a cybernetic eye that shoots laser beams :) <br><br> Raiden is a highly devoted monk, even in life he has some latent mystical powers, his strikes are felt with an extra kick of electricity. Just enough to make getting hit by Raiden extra painful. <br> In death his mystical powers over electricity are greatly increased, allowing him to manipulate the flow of electricity in and around his body. <br><br> Shang Tsungs consumption of souls ive already sort of explained. Its metaphorical in a way.<br> His desire to become immortal leads him to lose his own soul, to pledge it to a dark lord that he believes exists in some plane of existence not his own. <br> And in doing so he has actually brought that other realm of existence close, the darkness is palpably felt on earth. <br> And the souls of weak willed people are being twisted more and more. <br> With each soul that is turned away from humanity seemingly makes Shang Tsung grow in power.<br> He doesnt physically feed on souls the way he does in the game, he doesnt go and suck them out of people... but as this evil darkness grows around the world, so does Shang Tsung. <br><br> What if the reveal was that the experiment that brought about Goro was not the big failure Shang Tsung originally thought? <br> What if Tsung had to be killed by his own creation for him to finally reach his true potential? <br> Similar to Raiden sacrificing his life and coming back as something else. <br> What if the way that Shang Tsung gains immortal power is by dying so the spirit of Shao Kahn can enter his body. <br> Finally allowing Shang Tsung to fulfill his destiny of bringing Shao Kahn to earth... except he didnt know that he would have to die and Shao Kahn would be using Tsungs body! <br><br> Then Raiden pops up and gives us a little lesson about how the only evil in the universe is the one we create for ourselves, blah blah blah. <br> So basically Tsung creates Kahn in his mind out of his own hatred and evil. <br><br> Or you can scratch that if its a little too far out... and just say that Tsungs powerful evilness is what ultimately pulls a part of Shao Kahns spirit into our world... in advance of his true body and his army who are on their way.

  • June 9, 2010, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Throwing the baby out?

    by craptacular

    Right, because MK isn't about a fucking tournament where people get their heads punched off. Did you even watch the video? All they talk about is the tournament with all these random psychos.. BWAAAAAAH I NEED RAIDEN LIGHTNING TO MAKE MY LIFE OK!!!

  • June 9, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Low Budget Cast

    by dailysportspages

    Scorpion: Ian Anthony Dale - Ninja Assasin with fire breathing apparatus. <br> Jax: Michael Jai White - Police Captain, Ex Army SF, ex boxer<br> Sonya: Jeri Ryan - Police Detective, Ex Army SF, martial artist. <br> Liu Kang: Tony Jaa - Warrior Monk, older clan brother is supposedly killed by Shang Tsung, torn by his sense of duty and his want for revenge. <br> Raiden: Sho Kosugi - Old Master of Liu Kang, knows more than he lets on. <br> Cage: Matt Mullins - Former Martial Arts Actor, he sucks and dies. <br> <br> Shang Tsung: Chow Yun-Fat - Criminal Mastermind, more than just a mob boss, has a past with Raiden and Kang's clan. <br> Sub-Zero: Scott Adkins - Ninja Assasin with ice apparatus. <br> Kano: Marko Zaror - Mercenary and Criminal that is a bit of a sadist. <br> Baraka: Lateef Crowder - Psychotic Failed Plastic Surgeon, studied martial arts as is common for young men growing up in Brazil. <br> Reptile: Silvio Simac - Mutant Serial Killer <br><br><br> Thats enough cast for the first movie. <br> Two teams of 5 fighters each... well with the exception of Cage who doesnt really count :) <br> And im guessing there would be some more cannon fodder in the bad guys camp.

  • June 9, 2010, 7:44 a.m. CST

    FLAWLESS VICTORY!!!!

    by ATARI

  • June 9, 2010, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Who cares about real world versus mythology.

    by rbatty024

    Regardless of what parts of Mortal Kombat they choose to use or discard, this short still sucks. The problem with putting the tournament in the "real world" is that it's still absolutely ridiculous. That's not to say the mythology of the games weren't also absurd, but somehow that absurdity worked in the games in ways that it never will in film.

  • June 9, 2010, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Never played the game, and laughed at the first MK movie

    by CreasyBear

    but looking back, the over-the-top fun and visual excess of that flick was way preferable to this Seven / Saw version, which dulls down the wildly eccentric characterization of the first MK movie. I can't believe I'm saying this, but that movie was actually really fun. This new trailer looks "cool" with quotation marks.

  • June 9, 2010, 7:56 a.m. CST

    This has no reason to be a MK film..

    by Axl Z

    Looks more like that Street Fighte. In the 90's.. Why change such a rich source of back story..?

  • June 9, 2010, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Then again, the 90's was a wasteland for fun movies.

    by CreasyBear

    Aside from the The Fifth Element and Jurassic Park, I can't think of any great action / fantasy movies in that entire waste of a decade. Armageddon? Die Hard 2? Godzilla? Batman and Robin? What a parade of shit the 90's was. Can anyone think of a good big summer style movie released in the 90's that I'm just not able to think of? Surely I'm forgetting some good stuff.

  • June 9, 2010, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Oh, I thought...

    by blackwood

    it's cheesiness was, like, the point.

  • June 9, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST

    This one might be worth sitting through...

    by BeyondStatic

    unlike all the others, "Street Fighter" included.

  • June 9, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    The fight scene... (spoilers for Watchmen)

    by Sailor Rip

    ...reminded me of the fights in Watchmen, especially Veindt vs. The Comedian. Very well done. <p> And like it or hate it if you haven't seen Watchmen you don't belong here. I'm just saying this because I felt absurb having to put a spoiler warning in the title but Internet protocol and all. <p> Anyway, I can't see this being for a movie(there is a new MK game coming out in 2010)because it looks "R" and no way are they making MK game "R" and throwing away ticket sales to the little ones.

  • June 9, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    CreasyBear

    by Axl Z

    ID4 or MIB? Anything with Will Smith I guess, they were big summer movies but I get what you're saying!

  • June 9, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    is it my imagination

    by smackfu

    or did they just use stock footage of an actual harlequin baby in this trailer? Nothing like baby torture to psyche up for a new martial arts movie lol

  • June 9, 2010, 8:20 a.m. CST

    For all the "hardcore" fans of the game and others who say it sh

    by BeheadedByMorons

    Please remember the first couple of movies about Mortal Kombat.. First movie had some potential for that time, but I don't remember telling myself I had to rent it after seeing it at the movies. Wasn't that great.<p>Then came the crap. I mean it just didn't do it for me and the whole different locations/background rings is fine in a game, but in a movie it just doesn't give it a good justification to do. Look at the other movies that are game based combat environments; they all suck as A-Grade movies because they have no stories.<P>”Fighters all over the world are regrouped to fight in a martial art event to save the world” .. c’mon, admit that it’s not a good storyline…<P>Now this one looks like it will go for a more “realistic” approach. Instead of having a reptilian creature we have a body that as a genetic dysfunction that makes him look like a reptile. I’m fine with that. They do have that “gore” effect that the first game brought onto the game scene which for me make a good thing for this movie. I think MK was always that crazy game that went all out, why not the movie?<p>Remember that movies need to be viable, needs to bring in the cash, and to do that you can’t just put some actors together and beat the crap out of each other without having a real story to go align with it. By making this into some kind of manhunt, I think they can finally make a game based movie work. <p>I think that this is a result of the entire illegal movies download backlash finally giving Hollywood the obligation of delivering a good movie, not just a good looking trailer. If the studios finally adapt their games correctly by bringing an actual story in the mix without going away from the characters we could finally see some good results. <P>Because many people out there where downloading because they were tired of paying way too much money to go see a movie that just didn’t live up to the trailer or the hype the big marketing wigs unleashed upon us. If they can just adapt MK so it can work without losing touch of the fighting element, the movie will work.<P>Remember, the whole fighting in different elements looks like it was adapted to different locations of the people he’s hunting, which works within the storyline AND game-like situations. I think it’s a good idea.<P>PS. While this looks good, I just can’t stand Michael Jay White’s “bad cop” act. He just doesn’t look badass. He looks like someone trying to clinch his teeth while talking, while dropping his head into an slight “look I’m dangerous and mad” angle/pose to try to look badass. They could’ve gone to someone else to actually make the character feel like he could beat the crap out of you just by entering the room. MJW doesn’t do that, but that’s just my personal opinion on this casting choice.<p>I can’t wait to see what they’ll be trying to the screen if this is an official “go”. This first look looks great for me.

  • June 9, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Thanks, but no thanks.

    by antmanx68

    This really looks like crap. The games were popular because they were so over the top and crazy. So you wanna "ground it in reality" now? This will make $17.50 world-wide. MK the movie wasn't a masterpiece but it had the right idea. Why don't they just make this reel into a film and call it "Deadly Fighters" or "Crazy Pugilists"... there's certainly no reason to call it "Mortal Kombat". Make a big budget fantasy version, make it violent as fuck and I'm in. This movie I'll pass on. You can't expect people to pay attention to these versions of the characters who STILL have kind of involved back stories but are now boring modern day earthlings. That turns it into Bloodsport, but with no JCVD or BOLO! Pass.

  • June 9, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST

    This is a terrible idea

    by rev_skarekroe

    MK is a fantasy. You might as well make a gritty, realistic, street-level version of Star Wars or Lord of the Rings.

  • June 9, 2010, 8:43 a.m. CST

    that was pretty amaazing.

    by Dharma4

  • June 9, 2010, 8:54 a.m. CST

    contact WB to support this film

    by MK_Rebirth

    Jeri Ryan asked people (on her twitter) to contact WB to let them know fans are in support of this film. Here's a Facebook group with all links: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=127746020580015&ref=ts WB's contact: http://www.warnerbros.com/main/help/customer_service.html her twitter: http://twitter.com/JeriLRyan

  • June 9, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    This looks awesome and it might still have fantasy elements

    by Animation

    Just because the cop doesn't know there is magic in the world doesn't mean there isn't. Even if they do go with "gritty quasi-realism" it would still rule. I think an out of the box adaptation like this would be great.

  • June 9, 2010, 8:58 a.m. CST

    don't jizz on your keyboards just yet, AICN

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    This HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO with a new Mortal Kombat film. If you did a little, I don't know, investigative journalism on the web, you'd easily find out that this video was created to drum up inhterest in a new Mortal Kombat video game that's being shown at E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) next week. IT'S NOT A NEW MOVIE! The DTV quality is again because it's just an elaborate ad for a game announcement.

  • June 9, 2010, 9 a.m. CST

    interest

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    when is AICN going to get out of the 90's and add an edit function?

  • June 9, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    THIS.IS.AWESOME.

    by THE_ONE_MAN_GANG

    seriously. and leave the "outworld" shit and Goro shit out of it.

  • June 9, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Actually I think this is more over the top

    by David Cloverfield

    Than the orignial story. I said it before and I'll say it again: If Michael Myers had some satire left in him, he would make a hardcore, dark, gritty, straight faced Austin Powers reboot, to spoof Batman Begins, Casino Royale and this.

  • June 9, 2010, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Fuck yes!

    by Veraxus

    I'd see that in a heartbeat. It looks worlds... hell, GALAXIES, better than those piles of shit we got in the 90's. It's got a very Christopher-Nolan feel to it. I LOVE it. I'd go see this in a heartbeat.

  • June 9, 2010, 9:20 a.m. CST

    whoah!

    by etantao

    Now that looked great! hope it gets picked up.

  • June 9, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST

    normally i would say this is a ballsy approach

    by thesmilingpsycho

    but it seems like the safe one now. i think the real ballsy approach would be to not try to answer so many questions and stay true to the mk mythology. i wanna see some more fantasy. this video is a good creepy effort tho but come on!

  • June 9, 2010, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Baraka Wins.... FATALITY...

    by Mrhazard

    Oh yeah, SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!

  • June 9, 2010, 9:28 a.m. CST

    okay, I'm a retard

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Yesterday sites were swearing up and down this was only an ad for a new game at E3. Now Jeri Ryan is saying it was for a movie (though granted, with her career path, she better HOPE it's for a movie gig). I guess that's what I get for reading AICN before I got to 1up.com. So I guess pay no attention to the Gern behind the curtain.

  • June 9, 2010, 9:30 a.m. CST

    I gotta say I'm really impressed with this...

    by Mrhazard

    Seriously, when I heard about this rumored project I thought it was all bullshit and at the very least it was going to be a shitty reboot... <p>But this looks like it COULD be interesting and at the very least they are taking the subject matter seriously... <p>And come on, it's a FUCKIN RATED R MORTAL KOMBAT MOVIE!!! That alone will have my ass in the theater opening day... <p>Or downloading it when it goes straight to DVD...

  • June 9, 2010, 9:30 a.m. CST

    this looks

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    like it could either be an interesting new take on MK, or GI JOE Rise of Cobra levels of bad (which would mean it'd get a glowing review from Harry)

  • June 9, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST

    jacks instead of jax?

    by thesmilingpsycho

    fail

  • June 9, 2010, 9:51 a.m. CST

    I Liked It, However . . .

    by Dave I

    I would like this "realistic" in that it was wasn't campy. However, I think they should stick with the characters' back stories. I like the look of it, and what they are going for, and the original take of Mortal Kombat was a pretty realistic, non-campy, fight-to-the-death martial arts tournament format.<p><p>I still think they can add a bit of a mythological aspect, but leave quasi-realistic (I know people hate hearing that) finishes. By "realistic" I mean that Sub-Zero rips the head & spine out as opposed to Liu Kang turning into a dragon. But I would still like the mythological part in things like Sub-Zero's powers, Scorpion being a revenant-type (which they hinted he was), and the movie being about the tournament kind of like Bloodsport (the one I saw was more of a walkabout with fighting and booby traps and stuff). I thought what they did with Reptile was cool, and Baraka was kind of interesting. That said, I think the actual backgrounds and inclusion of the alt-reality thing where Reptile was kind of like the Predator (with his invisibility and such), and Raiden being an actual god, and Sub-Zero actually having control over cold, and Scorpion being an undead roving spirit.<p><p>Still, if they make this as depicted, I think it could be pretty cool even if I would tweak things differently. It's Mortal Kombat. I'm not going to flip if they take liberties with a fighting game. Hollywood plays it safe way too much as it is, so go crazy and take a chance!<p><p>-Cheers

  • June 9, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST

    MK done right

    by keglings

    With every videogame and comic book flick going dark and gritty finally we have one that should have started that way. I have no desire to see Fame remake and after seeing Kevin Tancharoen take at MK I still dont, but I hope he gets to make MK.

  • June 9, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST

    that fight scene

    by thesmilingpsycho

    was kind of lame tho

  • June 9, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Too realistic. It needs to be over the top to work.

    by estacado1

    It's like they're trying to go the Batman road and make things believable in the real world. That's a big mistake. One of the main attarctions of MK is it's over the topness. It's better if they followed the DOA movie and go crazy. And it needs boobies.

  • June 9, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST

    MK always WAS the grittier franchise...

    by VylanAntagonist

    The Enter the Dragon connection was obvious the first time I saw an MK cabinet. Color palettes were largely subdued, sprites were digitized and costumes were substantially more understated than those of Streetfighter. The announcer voice was sinister and malevolent, a sort of precursor to Crackdown's "Skills for Kills, Agent". There was something illicit about all of it. The mysticism was there, certainly, but it deepened as the tournament progressed, until you were fighting a four-armed monster and Lo Pan's twin brother. Later installments became substantially more 'colorform', with brightly tinted paintball armor and endless palette swaps, but I think there's still plenty of potential for a movie looking to recapture the sinister rabbit-hole invoked by the first game. The success of this particular take will come down to the execution. If they continue to emphasize cheap callouts (god forbid they try to shoe-horn in a 'Toasty!') and painstakingly retrofit every fantastical element, then it will doubtless suck. If they explain only some of the stranger elements initially, but let things get weirder, darker, and less explicable as the plot progresses, then it has definite potential. No animatronic Goro yukking it up with Kano, no lengthy Shang Tsung soliloquys, and definitely no Christopher Lambert asian gods. Instead, keep things mysterious and frightening. Oh, and no choppy claustrophobic fight scenes where it's impossible to appreciate the choreography. Also, F- the notion of Baraka being a doctor. He was a bestial general from Outworld. A much better analog would be some sort of South American drug kingpin's former Vale Tudo champion and enforcer, increasingly surgically modified to strike terror into the enemies of his cartel and the common populace. Cage gets offed like a chump presumably because of Boon's continued hatred for the character, which stemmed from a disagreement with the sprite model/actor. It's a shame, as he's more interesting than Liu Kang's generic Bruce Lee clone; There's a Liu Kang/Dragon/Marshall Law/Fei Long/etc in just about every fighting game ever and they are all essentially interchangeable and utterly forgettable. I wouldn't be surprised if it was also Boon's hardon for Scorpion that resulted in that character getting the plot focus. I always preferred Sub Zero personally...

  • June 9, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST

    doa movie was actually kind of entertaining

    by thesmilingpsycho

    not just mind numbingly stupid. the action scenes were fun to watch and had some cool choreography. i wouldn't want mk to go that route tho. that would be a step backwards but they can at least bring some sort of fantasy element into it.

  • June 9, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST

    I love this!

    by Angelus_420

    I really want to see this movie!

  • June 9, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST

    He should have teleported out of there!!

    by BIG_BAD_WOLF_IN_CAPS

    And yeah, that was pretty rad

  • June 9, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    thesmilingpsycho; Good Point

    by Dave I

    Yeah, it IS probably less ballsy in this environment to make a gritty/realistic take on, well, ANYTHING! I think they can find a balance between making the action and deaths believable, pay some mind to the laws of physics, but still respect the mythology of Mortal Kombat. I would not mind if that was muted and it was a slow reveal where they thought it was a fight club, but it ended up being a supernatural-tinged event where Jax (through Scorpion's actions) discovers over time. Also, I like the idea of more realistic special effects and what that could look like in a Mortal Kombat movie (what I've seen of the MK movie[s] has at times looked pretty cheesy).<p><p>That said, I'm not sweating it too much. And the realistic take on stuff (which I've always argued can be done right) is likely just a phase. Hopefully there can be a balance struck though, as I would love to see movies have their own mythology, yet be believable while still not losing what makes fantasy/sci-fi/etc. special.<p><p>-Cheers

  • June 9, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST

    We dont know if it's mythical or not...

    by Mrhazard

    And even if it's not, I think it might be for the best to go a completely different route than what the previous films did.<p>And Mortal Kombat Annihilation was pretty mythical and sucked big fat donkey dick...

  • June 9, 2010, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Vylan, lengthy Shang Tsung soliloquys...

    by Mrhazard

    were some of the best scenes in MK1...<P>Hell I would get Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa to play Shang RIGHT NOW...<p>At least old Shang...

  • June 9, 2010, 10:14 a.m. CST

    VylanAntagonist

    by thesmilingpsycho

    i don't think those subdued elements are what made mortal kombat popular today tho. the only reason i think they are going this route is to draw in the dark knight/se7en crowd not to honor the original game most people barely remember

  • June 9, 2010, 10:15 a.m. CST

    VylanAntagonist; EXACTLY!

    by Dave I

    Yeah, when MK first came out, the mysticism was TOTALLY muted. It was the grittiest, most realistic game on the market. No blow-'em-up stuff, no cartoony-characters, it just felt very, not dirty, but like all of the usual cartoon/kiddy veneer had been stripped off and it was largely a martial arts tournament with finishing moves to kill the helpless opponent once you'd beaten them into submission.<p><p>I had an equal measure of man-love for Scorpion AND Sub-Zero, except Sub-Zero was more effective in the game and had just the most disturbing fatality move ever! But both were pretty compelling in their own ways (and NINJAS!!!!!).<p><p>-Cheers

  • June 9, 2010, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Other people don't know the story?

    by jsm1978

    Why make a Mortal Kombat movie then, if you're not making it for the people who ARE fans of what the games have done? If they don't care about the games, characters or story at all, the name Mortal Kombat isn't going to draw them. <p> You want to do THIS movie? Fine. Could be interesting, would definitely draw a little crowd... but call it something else if it's going to be this unrecognizable to the source. <p> And for the record - I liked the first movie. Second one was horrible beyond words.

  • June 9, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST

    really dig it

    by maverick2484

    In a Prince of Persia world, an R rated video game adaptation would be a welcome change in Hollywood thinking. Although the first Mortal Kombat flick already kinda was the perfect Mortal Kombat flick...it blew my 11 year-old mind at the time, and it's still the sort of thing I'm always happy to see whenever it happens to be on TV. I would love to see this as a fully realized film, but I don't know if it WB will see an R rated video game flick as a good example...Kick-Ass and Watchmen have set not-so-good precedents for the financial potential of R-rated genre entertainment. Lets see how Predators does. ...Oh, and if they're going to do this, they should 100% bring back Christopher Lambert as Raiden. Dude was fantastic. And Highlander is a great example of how to do fantasy in a "real world" setting.

  • June 9, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    The supernatural side of MK is what hooked me...

    by alienindisguise

    but i suppose if they went that route it would like the last airbender or some shit.

  • June 9, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Dave I

    by thesmilingpsycho

    exactly. make it too realistic and it's not even mortal kombat anymore. it's just a psychotic episode of law and order. i think ur take would be very interesting too. let it start out in the real world but then follow jax as he realizes the "real" world is the real myth. and ur right. they can find a way to give it some plausible weight but still have elements of fantasy. u just need a smart director who can balance them all. the only thing this guy has done is water down mortal kombat for us

  • June 9, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST

    "Why make a Mortal Kombat movie then, if"

    by Dave I

    "Why make a Mortal Kombat movie then, if you're not making it for the people who ARE fans of what the games have done? If they don't care about the games, characters or story at all, the name Mortal Kombat isn't going to draw them."<p><p> Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending how you look at it), I think you're wrong there. They make comic book and video games specifically to a wider audience. From what I've read, they realize what fanboys want, but specifically change things so that not JUST the fans of the original media can enjoy it.<p><p>As for movies not drawing people without familiarity to the source material, look at Batman, or Spider-Man, or Resident Evil. The name ABSOLUTELY draws people. They've heard of it, a/o had friends who've played/read it, even if they haven't. They've seen kids at school or downtown wearing Punisher t-shirts. HOWEVER, the film makers try to figure out what of the original premise they HAVE to keep to get fans in the seats, what they HAVE to change/add/etc. to get non-fans in the seats, and the rest presumably is based on their own artistic direction and how they feel about the source material (obvious oversimplification), not to mention what the studios will do (or in this case, what they think they can sell to the studio to get said film made).<p><p>I also think if you take ideas from films/games/comics/etc., make them, and call them something else, even if you change them enough to not infringe on copyright law, people can (and would) say you were ripping off said property. Imagine if you wanted to re-imagine Superman or play with the concepts of super heroes and patriotism and had a nerdy guy who could fly and is superpowered/near-invincible, or a guy who's genetically altered to be a super-hero/super-soldier. First, WB & DC, or Marvel, or SOMEBODY would be on you waving lawsuits at first sniff because it's like their property. Second, everybody'd be saying "oh, it's a Superman/Captain America/etc. rip-off" Maybe you get past all of that and you end up with Irredeemable or Spawn or Kick-Ass or The MAXX or even Heroes or The Tick, or some other great hit (or even fairly successful series). Maybe you just get sued a/o written off because you don't have name recognition. So I can see why they use known commodities for this kind of stuff.<p><p>-Cheers

  • June 9, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Mortal Kombat Begins?

    by Dreamfasting

    It looks like a parody of Batman Begins' low-fantasy reboot. If nothing else, it's an interesting insight into the direction the genre is taking these days.

  • June 9, 2010, 10:39 a.m. CST

    I like the style...

    by quicksilver80

    But they should've kept the mythology aspects

  • June 9, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Muted?

    by jsm1978

    When Mortal Kombat first came out the mysticism was "totally muted"? I guess you missed the fireballs, teleportations, freezing, big four armed monster, and the old man who could turn into anyone else and tried to steal your soul.

  • June 9, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    CreasyBear...

    by Scalvador

    True Lies? T2? Mission Impossible? The Matrix? Oh, and on the topic of Mortal Kombat, who gives a shit about the mythology? I was a big MK fan growing up, and found the backstory interesting, but it was designed for a game, not a film. Plus, it's not sacred by any stretch of the imagination. We've already had two films which opted for a faithful fantasy take on the property, and they sucked ass. I don't see any better potential versions out there at the moment, so why the fuck not give these guys a chance?

  • June 9, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Hey thesmilingpsycho . . .

    by Dave I

    Yeah, I think there was SOMETHING about the video that has struck a nerve. However, I think you start off MK in a more mundane setting (CSI: Jax Division), but include the beasties, and have it come to light that it's a bit MORE than a fight club. Leave hints as far as how much of the myth you're going to show in the movie, then somewhere along the way reveal that it's Shang Tsung alongside Goro (or whatever) that's running the show. Whatever works. But I'd argue they have to be consistent (don't go TDK for 70 minutes, then to Star Wars the last 30), kind of like Predator where you catch glimpses or hints into what's really behind the scenes, then near the end get the full reveal.<p><p>With Scorpion, I think they're definitely thinking of SOME supernatural stuff, yet they have the stripped-down, not-campy look going as far as the acting and fighting. They've got my interest.<p><p>-Cheers

  • June 9, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Less Shang Tsung not because...

    by VylanAntagonist

    ...Cary wasn't an excellent Shang in many ways; He was. I still love his sneering and unrepentant "Save your pity for the weak!". But that was too much 'showing' for MK, in my opinion. I'd rather a much more veiled main villain, one we are less familiar with than one we've become thoroughly acclimated to over the course of the movie.

  • June 9, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Did anybody else see the shot of Sub Zero?

    by connor187

    it took me a few goes, pausing the fucker just right. Anyway its just a concept but he looks pretty cool......excuse the pun.

  • June 9, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    jsm1978, Fair Enough . . .

    by Dave I

    O.k., not TOTALLY muted, but it WAS muted. It wasn't as bright, the people looked like actual humans, you didn't see Goro until the near end of the game, and the fireballs and stuff were in there but not like most games and the strongest moves were the throw or the uppercut.<p><p>What I meant by my "totally muted" statement was, when you first saw it, or first played it, the first impression was of a pretty straight-up fighting game. Sure, you figured out how to throw fireballs, freeze your opponent, shoot electricity, etc., but the initial impression was more or less a death match . . . for kids! Compared to every other game I had ever played, it was just very stripped down. A lot of the mysticism, mythology, brighter colors, and upfront bizarre and obviously non-human characters came later in the series.<p><p>-Cheers

  • June 9, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Nice.

    by OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUTTTTTLLLLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWW

    Moar please.

  • June 9, 2010, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Dave I

    by thesmilingpsycho

    yea it is interesting but i got the feeling afterwards i'll just be craving a more mythical mortal kombat

  • June 9, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST

    file under:

    by whoisthismuaddib

    Thundercats for fan trailers that will outshine any actual movie

  • June 9, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Hey, yeah!

    by Lemure_v2

    They've done a Nolan and taken all the crappy videogameyness out of it. Get a decent plot, a bit more meat on the characterisation and I'll watch it!

  • June 9, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Baraka should be a demon

    by TheSecondQuest

    I'm all for making things more realistic- but if you're gonna deal with Mortal Kombat, you gotta deal with the fantasy elements, and that includes Outworld being full of demons.

  • June 9, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Dave I and ur comment to jsm1978

    by thesmilingpsycho

    that is why it would be better off doin the slow reveal

  • June 9, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    michael jai white is good casting

    by thesmilingpsycho

    ..if this is really a promo for the videogame.. does that mean the videogame is goin the realistic route?

  • June 9, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Looks pretty hot...

    by Lord Elric

    IF Warners goes with an R rated MORTAL KOMBAT, I like a lot of the tone of this. But yes, still want it to be more mythology based. Would be easier in getting an R without any hassles, as well. Maybe, say, when they get to the Island, that's when things can get really weird.

  • June 9, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    TheSecondQuest

    by thesmilingpsycho

    hell yea baraka should be a demon. that's so much more badass. no further explaination needed. he's a demon. now he's going to kick ur ass

  • June 9, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Jeri Ryan herself confirmed...

    by Bouncy X

    in case some are still sure its an E3 thing, she said its a pitch to WB for a new movie.

  • June 9, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Fighting Game Relativity

    by VylanAntagonist

    Okay, admittedly, Virtua Fighter was the most muted Fighting game, but back in 92, I spent the summer playing Streetfighter 2 CE in the arcade. When I got to college in a sleepy snow-covered town in western NY, the only 2 arcade cabinets to be found were in a local pizza shop. One was Lethal Enforcers and the other was a game I'd never seen before called Mortal Kombat. No one knew much of anything about it. There were no labels indicating how to do the special moves. There was no mention anywhere of fatalities. The first time one happened (at the hands of the CPU, of course) it was downright shocking! After Streetfighter's incredibly colorful Cossack-dancing Zangief and playful lost-child Blanka, MK's sweatpants-clad Liu Kang desperately squaring off against a sweaty looking one-eyed killer was something else entirely. Yes, there were fireballs, but one took the form of a hook thrown meatily into an opponent's neck. Another was a stream of screaming tormented souls (only towards the end at that). A third special move (and the easiest to find) was a split into a groin punch (that didn't work on the female character). Tones were dark, the music was ominous, and death seemed to happen relatively quickly. The 'normal moves' were basically all the same, not a hyperkinetic variety of spinning leaping kicks or screen-filling yoga stretch punches. Compared to Street Fighter and the other fighters of the day, it was definitely grittier and more muted in tone. Did that change as the franchise advanced? Absolutely, and I think to the detriment of MK as a whole. Midway became enamored of hidden characters, palette swaps, and esoteric secrets. Centaurs? Neapolitan ninjas? Villains producing comical oversized hammers from their spiked loincloths? Supercalifragicalities? Yeah, it all went to shit. So if this trailer indicates some sort of return to the dark horror hinted at early on in the series, more power to it. I think it could work. I don't think we've seen it yet and I think it has potential. Sure, it could flub horribly with terrible acting and a bad script. But I think there's also the potential there for something perfectly decent if they develop it properly.

  • June 9, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Tony Jaa not so much

    by Dkev00

    I love his work. But he quit acting. He just became a Monk. Maybe Rain would be a better choice for Liu Kang

  • June 9, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Vylan

    by quicksilver80

    Agreed, but I think MK2 kept that tone, but in an otherworldy setting (if you ignore Toasty!, friendships and babalities that is)

  • June 9, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Down with the myothology of MKII.

    by OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUTTTTTLLLLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWW

    They kind of lost me in MKII with all the mutants (or whatever they were called). Every other character was a demon or monster or something similarly stupid. Oh yeah, and the 30 human/robot ninjas.

  • June 9, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Or was that MK3?

    by OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUTTTTTLLLLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWW

    I think MKII dilated the sphincter the door and MK3 let the crap flow freely.

  • June 9, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Wow, I'm old

    by quicksilver80

    I remember playing the crap out of MK2 on SNES, beating the game with all the characters...Reptile was the weakest

  • June 9, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    VylanAntagonist

    by thesmilingpsycho

    true. they may be goin back to the roots but that doesn't mean completely strip mk of all the fantasy elements

  • June 9, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Make This Movie Now!

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Finally a real remake.

  • June 9, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Oh, and 9/11 was an inside job...

    by Scalvador

    infowars.com

  • June 9, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    its not for a movie

    by joevfx

    its a live action teaser trailer for mortal kombat 9. its going to play at e3 next week before they announce the game. kinda of what microsoft did with the neil blomkamp halo 3 commercials.

  • June 9, 2010, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Very "Sin City" meets video game.

    by The Dark Nolan

    I really liked it. Hope it happens. Nice to see uh...Gamble here get job so he can get a nickel for his grandma.

  • June 9, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Next one should be a prequel

    by Boiiinng

    They should start with the Mythologies: Sub-Zero game which is what begins the Kombat tournaments in the first place. Then they can start over and do it right.

  • June 9, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Yawn

    by thommcg

    Might be for an interesting 7 minutes, but 90+ minutes? No thanks. This is Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li with gore.

  • June 9, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    What happened to the McWeeny-penned Mortal Kombat 3?

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    It could have been the start of a glorious Hollywood career, lol!<p>In any case, MK2 was the best of the games. The first was only notable for the gore, and the third was average. It was a very limited fighting game series compared to Street Fighter. After the series went 3D, I checked out.<p> The second movie was also a contender for the worst movie I've ever seen in a theater. Yes, I did pay to see it - much to my eternal embarassment.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    to reality based.

    by We_R_Venom

    A guy with swords in his arms......a dude explaining he sold his soul after he was blue killed by a guy named SUB ZERO(who is blue) to get revenge and now sports totally white eyeballs is far to ground in reality for my taste. No skull breathing fire NO DICE I say.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST

    DOES NOT WORK

    by misnomer

    does not work at all...comes off as very very very bad.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:25 p.m. CST

    We_R_Venom

    by thesmilingpsycho

    seriously tho i think they would be better off just saying it's fantasy instead of tryin to half ass the realism AND the fantasy then u just have a bunch of people disappointed. they're tryin to make it realistic but at the same time it's not

  • June 9, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Mortal KOOOOOOMBAAAAAAAT

    by redkamel

    They should remake it and be faithful to the first one. The first was the best: realistic, with just enough magic/horror to make it cool and interesting (raiden, Goro, SubZero, Reptile...) but not goofy (ie robots, centaurs).

  • June 9, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Whatever happened to captivating an audience?

    by JonOfTheShred

    Way to ruin Mortal Kombat by making it all 'realistic' and boring. The Dark Knight made a lot of money...but that doesn't mean it didn't bore a lot of people to tears. <p> If a new MK is made, please don't take this lazy, generic route.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Whatever happened to captivating an audience?

    by JonOfTheShred

    Way to ruin Mortal Kombat by making it all 'realistic' and boring. The Dark Knight made a lot of money...but that doesn't mean it didn't bore a lot of people to tears. <p> If a new MK is made, please don't take this lazy, generic route.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    AKA_Gern_Blanston, ur a detective?

    by mattforce7

    Because i swear ImDB has a section for, *erhemm* a MK movie 2013. but, one of the first notions about this project was that it was a promo for a new video game, again, that was the FIRST notion after a few hours of speculation...

  • June 9, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    I would love

    by BERSERKR

    a hard R Mortal Kombat movie, and the way this is filmed is nice, and i LOVE the fact that Scorpion and Sub Zero are the mains, BUT i don't like the whole real worldness of it, gotta have that fantasy element.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST

    keeping it fantasy

    by We_R_Venom

    The story of mortal kombat is razor thin. No one was holding there breath in anticipation wondering where the story line was going when MK2 hit arcades. No great movie can be made by a story of "win this martial arts tournament or your world is mine!". Dialing down the stakes and focusing on why these freak people are important to the main characters is a good way to go. Xfiles was great when it focused on each crazy event instead of going large grand scheme. It had other worldly stuff and grounded it in plausible realism to.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    The game was R, the movies should have been

    by Quake II

    Some of these elements are awesome. Not sure I like the 100% "real world" setting but the fight choreography was great. And if they stick with some classic elements of the game then this could be great. Any attempt would be 1000x better than Mortal Kombat Annihilation. How the fuck did that film get greenlit? It's like they shot MK:A without a script. I imagine a group of 14 year old gamers sat around a conference table and said "That would be badass if Scorpion fought Sub Zero over lava!".

  • June 9, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Surprised about all the bitching here...

    by Mrhazard

    I know I shouldn't be... It's what people do here all day.<p>But seriously, this 7 min clip is far better than anything I would've ever imagined anybody to film, especially considering this was made just to PITCH the idea of doing a full-length movie. <p>The fact that somebody would take the time and effort to write this, cast it, get a fight choreographer, edit etc etc do all this in 2010(!) for a MORTAL KOMBAT movie is pretty amazing...<p>I dont see how you couldn't be impressed with this...

  • June 9, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Its a pitch, not a movie clip

    by ME_M

    No story, no casting, no budget. It exists to try to give executives (who tend to be very short in imagination) an idea of what is possible. I was impressed by the fight scene (it did have a hint of dark humor with the cigar), and that they intend to stay away from camp. And just because Jax thinks it is just an underground fighting club, does not mean that he wouldn't be shocked to find out magic exists (once an actual story script exists).

  • June 9, 2010, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Shang Tsung keeps having plastic surgery?

    by Axl Z

    Or some shit.. Goro has two extra arms grafted on in some army experiment? Raiden shoots electric from armbands? Montaros Mum fucked a horse? If this is for a gritty reboot game then I'm all for it but for a film.. Man this looks lame!

  • June 9, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    it's impressive but still

    by thesmilingpsycho

    baraka looks retarded. how does somebody perform surgery on themselves? that's impossible

  • June 9, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Babalitys

    by Axl Z

    Do it, do it!

  • June 9, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Mortal Kombat television series...

    by Quake II

    was actually everything the movies should have been. No camp or cheese, characters were developed (the SubZero episode was amazing) and the fights were great. Please just release that series in a box set in the US.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    I don't know what the fuck that was....

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    But it sure as hell wasn't Mortal Kombat!</p><p>WB would have to be some dumb mother fuckers to greenlight this. What they shoudl take away from it is that this director has a good visual style and real skills at creating mood and cutting action. They should hire him to do something else.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    how does reptile fight?

    by thesmilingpsycho

    he's not even a ninja just some dude with a disease

  • June 9, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Speaking as someone who has never...

    by KillDozer

    played the game, I can't imagine anyone who has never played the game giving a shit about this movie.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    You guys literally bitch about EVERYTHING

    by MattmanReturns

  • June 9, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST

    I don't care what they call this...

    by ckone

    I want MORE. That was interesting and creepy and just plain cool. If I could nit pick anything, it's that fight scene was a little too artsy and not brutal enough...but aside from that, pretty dang cool.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    I'm interested

    by Gozu

    The original "Mortal Kombat" is still my favorite video game movie of all time (yes, it's bad, but it's also a lot of fun and has some bad ass fights), but I'd be interested in seeing what kind of horrible movie this ends up being. I can't help but think of "The Legend of Chun Li" while watching it. Still, the idea of Scorpion being the main character interests me somewhat. Somewhat. Finally, to everyone who said this is nothing without the original techno theme, you're absolutely fucking right. MORTAL KOMBAT!

  • June 9, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Interesting idea

    by Cobb05

    I give him props for trying something different. And it has the potential to have some great action. Now, this is just a short. I'm sure the movie would be a little different. A little more polished and hopefully better written. I agree that the dialogue is very weak. It felt like it was written by someone doing a straight to dvd segal movie. But I'd like to see this played out. Maybe it will be cool. What's really interesting is the fact that this was directed by the guy who did Fame. And the biggest problem with Fame was the writing. It was horribly written. So if he's writing Mortal Kombat himself, no deal. If someone is going to jump on and make it better, then it could maybe be decent.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    they should just have some random dude walk up to the camera

    by thesmilingpsycho

    and be like "woopsie!" then run away. that would be realistic. give him a back story too while ur at it

  • June 9, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    wait

    by thesmilingpsycho

    does the dude say woopsie? or toasty in the video game?

  • June 9, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    "Toasty!"

    by Axl Z

    Toasty blud!

  • June 9, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Excellent!

    by quicksilver80

  • June 9, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    This looks good for test footage

    by Senzafine

    Obviously they'd up the ante if they had a real budget behind it to make a full-fledged movie, so I don't see the point in bitching about the costumes so much. The plot is silly and there's some campy acting overall but that's to be expected when you're adapting a game about otherworldly beings beating the everliving fuck out of each other. Couldn't possibly be any worse than Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, and if they go hard R I'm sure it'd give the original a run for its money. The 'realism' does bother me though; the original's fantasy setting and lack of seriousness made it all the more fun. Will never forget seeing it in a packed theater and everyone stomping their feet on the floor when Scorpion was stomping Johnny Cage. Nuts.

  • June 9, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Mortal Kombaaaaaaat

    by quicksilver80

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78VJe_LNOXw

  • June 9, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    I remember the people going nuts...

    by quicksilver80

    in the theater with that intro

  • June 9, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Thats pretty cool

    by PlayerHater_of_the_year

    Michael Jay White did the same thing to sell Black Dynamite, created a trailer and floated it around to gauge interest. Black Dynamite was awesome so I could see him pulling this off. I wish it would use the mythology though. That was the best thing about Mortal Combat. It was translated poorly with the movies and awful television show but in the right hands it could be great.

  • June 9, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Mattmanreturns

    by dudemandude

    and you're JUST figuring this out? It's been a constant bitchfest around here since 98'.

  • June 9, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    "What, would you rather have FAME II ?"

    by PeanutButterSlut

    Actually, yes, but however done in this style. <p> What, you say? <p> Let me demonstrate, :) <p> INT: Ominously lit casting room; Night: <p> MAN IN SHADOWS: "Casting director Steve, we meet again. Been awhile....." <p> CASTING DIRECTOR STEVE: "See you still smoke. That shit will give you cancer." <p> MAN IN SHADOWS: "Like I care to live, I'd probably be better of dead......" <p> CDS: "Still bitter about that broadway gig, huh?" <p> MAN IN SHADOWS: "Lets cut to the chase." <p> STEVE THROWS A MANILA ENVELOPE ACROSS THE CASTING DESK <p> CDS: "Peter Hawkins, aka the Faggy Dance Killer. A vietnam vet turned American Idol fan, he likes to dance like a faggot to show tunes and bublegum pop. But when he looks in the mirror, he doesn't see the young gay man he wants to be, instead the haggard 67 yo war vet is starring back, which enrages him. He then puts on a leotard and finds a young couple to kill, he thinks by killing young innocents he's absorbing their youth. He's a sick fucker. Did I mention he buttfuks the victims too?" <p> MAN IN SHADOWS: "Hows this my problem chief?" <p> CDS: "Because Faggy Dance killer thinks he's absorbed enough of his victims 'youth' to enter a Dance Competition, the grand price being A YEAR CONTRACT ON BROADWAY." <p> MAN IN SHADOWS: "I'm listening." <p> CDS: "Simon Cowell is running the event, and he's invited every sick fuck mutant serial killer asshole who can dance on the fucking planet to come. Here." <p> STEVE THROWS AN STACK OF ENVELOPES ACROSS THE TABLE <p> CDS: "We got Michael Anderson, aka token black guy. That sick fuck murders people just because he thinks their racist, and he thinks EVERYONE is a racist, a regular Michael Myers, that one. ANd then there's Albert Meeks, aka Sweeny Todd, he thinks he really is the demon barber from Fleet Street. His blades are made of a space age plastic, so he can sneak them past security. That's how he killed ELLEN. And then there's...." <p> MAN IN SHADOWS: "Richard Simmons. I thought he died on USO duty in Kuwait? He has to be dead." <p> SEVEN OF NINE COMES OUT OF A NEARBY BATHROOM STALL, HAVING JUST PLEASURED HERSELF <p> 7of9: "You'd be wrong if you thought that." <p> 7OF9 TOSSES EVEN MORE FOLDERS OVER <p> 7of9: "We've been tracking him on staellite in Australia, he's touring with those thunder down under guys. But he's gearing up for the dance tournament." <p> 7of9: "We can't he any of these mutant freaks continue their reign of chaotic murdering and show tune dancing, kill them all." <p> CDS: "And win the tournament, we need to keep this clean." <p> SHIA LEBOUF PEERS IN FROM THE SHADOWS - "I'm in." <p> SUMMER

  • June 9, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST

    I like the new idea and look, but LV_426 is.....

    by SpunkyMonkeyCream

    a complete fuckin retard-faggot-pedophile and should be treated as such.

  • June 9, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    what about a twisted metal movie?

    by thesmilingpsycho

    this reminded me more of twisted metal: black then it did of mortal kombat

  • June 9, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    haha 7 minutes = good

    by DioxholsterReturns

    80 minutes = bad

  • June 9, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST

    it IS a pitch for a movie

    by thesmilingpsycho

    proof: http:// shocktillyoudrop.com/news/topnews.php?id=15449

  • June 9, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Scalvador: T2 is a very good point. Mission Impossible

    by CreasyBear

    was boring, except for the masterful silent break-in to Langley, so that doesn't count for me. The Matrix was more arch mindgames than it was exciting and fun to watch, so another no-count from me.

  • June 9, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST

    I had such low expectations...

    by DrDangerous

    But that blew me away! That was such a cool take on something I thought would never transfer over to the big screen well. Nice job.

  • June 9, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    R rated video game movies

    by maverick2484

    What an idea. Personally I can't wait for the "hard R" Super Mario Bros reboot, although it won't be the same without Hopper.

  • June 9, 2010, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Won't work as grounded in reality

    by Cinemastorm

    It's got great production value. But a plastic surgeon becoming Baraka? Dumb. It needs to have a mythical element to it. Doesn't need to be over the top, but it has to be larger than life. That was not a good direction for the Mortal Kombat movie.

  • June 9, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    All the info on this short:

    by thatfilmlover

    from Latino Review: * The short was directed by Kevin Tancharoen, who did the remake of Fame last year. Judging from this short, Kevin is the perfect director for this movie. * Jacks is played by Michael Jai White. Michael played Spawn and was in Undisputed II. Michael makes a great Jacks (Jax). * Sonya Blade is played by Jeri Ryan, who played Seven of Nine in Star Trek: Voyager. * Baraka was played by the very talented Lateef Crowder, who plays the Brazilian fighter in Undisputed III. * Scorpion is played by Ian Anthony Dale. Ian plays Kazuya in the upcoming big screen version of Tekken. * Johnny Cage was played by up and coming martial arts sensation Matt Mullins. * Still working on who played Reptile. Will update when I find out. * The fight choreography was done by Larnell Stovall. Larnell did the fight choreography for Undisputed III and is one of the best fight choreographers in the business. You want to see the fights you deserve? Then you fans should DEMAND he be the guy in one charge for this reboot. Click HERE to read the exclusive interview I did with Larnell. * I know who might be playing Sub-Zero, but don't want to mention it in case it screws something up. He'd be perfect for the part."

  • June 9, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    the first movie is more enjoyable

    by DioxholsterReturns

    mortal kombat game was magic first, realism second. there is no point to this

  • June 9, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    BEAUTIFUL!

    by Miles_Teg

    Loved the first movie as a kid. This movie looks even better (not that it's hard to top.

  • June 9, 2010, 6:04 p.m. CST

    If done right...

    by vettebro

    This could be fantastic! None of that bullshit PG shit either. A great story and all the blood, gore and violence. If that happened, I would go to the theater at least twice to see it.

  • June 9, 2010, 6:12 p.m. CST

    they

    by jpcapone

    need to make this fucking movie right now

  • June 9, 2010, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Not bad

    by christpunchers2007

    But I think MK works better as a in a fantasy/mythological setting. This just feels too contrived.

  • June 9, 2010, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Not bad

    by christpunchers2007

    But I think MK works better as a in a fantasy/mythological setting. This just feels too contrived.

  • June 9, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Jeri Ryan and Hard "R"...

    by conspiracy

    Now there is a match made in fucking heaven.

  • June 9, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    "Reality" supporters don't get why this stinks

    by Big Dumb Ape

    Up above, MrHazard (echoing the thoughts of a few others) said he didn't understand why so many people were bitching about this. He then added "The fact that somebody would take the time and effort to write this, cast it, get a fight choreographer, edit, etc, do all this in 2010 for a MORTAL KOMBAT movie is pretty amazing. I dont see how you couldn't be impressed with this."<p>The problem is he just answered his own question. Let's just take this for what it is. It's someone in Hollywood spending some coin to make a pitch presentation piece -- granted, a very nice one -- to primarily benefit themselves. So they pulled various people together (who would also most likely benefit from this being made), they basically got together in a barn and put on a show...they shot it nicely...choreographed and edited it great...but ultimately lost sight of the ONE thing that mattered the most: the FORGOT to make it fucking MORTAL KOMBAT.<p>Does it look slick and nice? Sure. Would it almost make me wonder what this director paired with this choreographer could do on an action movie? Sure.<p>But the bottom line is this clip could be ANY generic martial arts movie, so why not simply make something ORIGINAL based on that notion instead of FUCKING UP all the cool things that made Moral Kombat what it was? I swear, I hate bullshit like this. The clip looks great, but it has none of the cool geeky elements that made MORTAL KOMBAT what it was, so why should I give two shits about it?<p>And you know what? As lame as Hollywood can be at times, I'm betting most creative directors or suits with their money on the purse strings at the studios would look at this and say the same thing. They're probably sitting across from this guy saying "If you want to make a kung fu movie, go make one. But I don't see HOW this is fucking Mortal Kombat."

  • June 9, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    this Friday ---- last episode ---- Stargate Universe

    by DioxholsterReturns

    this Friday ---- last episode ---- Stargate Universe

  • June 9, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    this Friday ---- last episode ---- Stargate Universe

    by DioxholsterReturns

    this Friday ---- last episode ---- Stargate Universe

  • June 9, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST

    this Friday ---- last episode ---- Stargate Universe

    by DioxholsterReturns

    this Friday ---- last episode ---- Stargate Universe

  • June 9, 2010, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Big Dumb Ape --- you said it partner

    by DioxholsterReturns

    heehaw!

  • June 9, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    "Get the fuck outta here"!!

    by Stalkeye

    I'm not impressed.Jai White would be ideal casting as Jax if there ever was a real movie remake.PWSA can still sleep without worries.

  • June 9, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Awesome

    by Darth Thoth

    Simply awesome!

  • June 9, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST

    And what made MK so great

    by christpunchers2007

    Was that it was a cheese fest dabbed in overly dark tones but still brought great choreographed fight scenes together. The TV show and the first movie after all these years still have some of the most memorable fight sequences to this day. Trying to "re-imagine" something of that nature and "amp it up" by modernizing it doesn't really work very well.

  • June 9, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST

    And what made MK so great

    by christpunchers2007

    Was that it was a cheese fest dabbed in overly dark tones but still brought great choreographed fight scenes together. The TV show and the first movie after all these years still have some of the most memorable fight sequences to this day. Trying to "re-imagine" something of that nature and "amp it up" by modernizing it doesn't really work very well.

  • June 9, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST

    deja vu

    by DioxholsterReturns

  • June 9, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Great Monkey Moses! Some of you people bitch at ur moms for gett

    by Dirk_The_Amoeba

    Pay attention. It.Is.Fucking.Mortal.Kombat.Not.The.Fucking.Godafther. And it was wonderfully reimagined.<p>Jeepin gizzards you bitches are bitches.

  • June 9, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Some of you bitch at ur moms for getting Pregnant with you!

    by Dirk_The_Amoeba

  • June 9, 2010, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Kathy Bates as Sonya Blade please

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    She alone can bring real gravitas to the scenes. And her fight scenes would be awesome.

  • June 9, 2010, 7:38 p.m. CST

    What made MK cool...

    by StarWarsRedux

    ...was the fact that it was basically "Enter the Dragon" plus fantasy. Yeah, the fatalities were cool enough to attract crowds at first, but beyond that the simple story of the games was actually pretty solid. I always really dug how the MK universe put stuff like Shaolin monks, supernatural ninjas, mythological gods and otherworldly monsters in the same realm as hi-tech cops, cyborg criminals and Hollywood martial-artists. MK was cool because it had just enough realism to make all the sci-fi and magical stuff feel grounded, and allowed all the gore to feel like a genuinely earned pay-off. <p>That's what's missing here. Classic MK felt like a more mature version of a classic kung-fu adventure. This feels like a fucking serial-killer movie. It's worse than "Star Wars without the Force"-- this is the equivalent of "Star Wars without SPACE".

  • June 9, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Big Dumb Ape, you haven't seen the movie yet...

    by Mrhazard

    You are speaking as if you have seen the entire film. The film hasn't been made. I'm not sure a script has been written. This isn't even a trailer.<p> This is simply a short film that was made in order to spark interest in a studio to get financing to produce a full-length feature film.<p> People are complaining about something they dont know anything about because it hasnt been made yet. Who's to say there isn't Outworld? Who's to say Scorpion isnt a demon? Who's to say Shang Tsung isn't an immortal who steal souls. <p> And actually, I think they've made Reptile and Baraka infinitely more interesting than they ever were in the games or the first two films. (Reptile was a fuckin velociraptor in the original film)...<p>And Mortal Kombat Annihilation (the second MK film) was full of the mythology and was probably the stupidest film ever made so...<p> I dont know... I'd rather see a GOOD FILM than one that's 100% accurate to the video games... I guess I'm stupid like that...

  • June 9, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    by JediWuddayaknow

    I'm sorry, but anyone who calls a Mortal Kombat character (ESPECIALLY Reptile or Baraka) a GREAT character really needs to get out more.

  • June 9, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST

    It's was a great 8 Minutes...

    by The_Closet_Nerd

    And who's to say that when it gets to the tournament, it DOESN'T have the Outworld story line and these people aren't who Jax thinks they are. It could all be a set up by Shang Tsung.

  • June 9, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Jeri Ryan as Sonya Blaze . . .

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    only works if she gets NAKED. MAKE IT SO WB!!!

  • June 9, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    That was 7 of 9

    by CimmerianWarrior

    AWESOME. Jerri Ryan equals, instant win!!!

  • June 9, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Where's Comic Book Guy

    by TheBlackKnight

    when you need him? I literally almost thought the next crazed lunatic they were going to bring up was Code Name: John Doe. Come on, guys.<p>I'm all for a reboot, but not for a complete re-tooling. And no, us pathetic fans don't HAVE to have Liu Kang be the protagonist and just re-hash the first storyline. The MK universe is HUGE, certainly you can do an ancient-set story, retain most of the recognizable characters (the ones that would matter most for a first film in a potential franchise, anyway, keep the fantasy, add the grit and the gore. Then EEEERRRRRbody happy.

  • June 9, 2010, 9 p.m. CST

    While they're at it, please reboot Super Mario Bros.

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    from that weird sub-Blade Runner monstrosity they made it. Give us a CG psychedelic fantasy world a la Avatar, full of monsters and mushrooms and weird creatures. How about De Niro and Pacino as Mario and Luigi?<p>A Mega Man movie would be nice, too.

  • June 9, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST

    An MK movie doesn't need ALL the mythology...

    by StarWarsRedux

    ...but damn, it needs SOME of it. <p>Look at the first movie. It played pretty fast and loose with the mythos-- no Sub-Zero vs. Scorpion, no oldman Shang Tsung, streamlined versions of characters like Kintana in Outworld-- and it all worked out pretty damn well. You don't need to be slavish, but you do need to be observant. MK is essentially a Bruce Lee movie on steroids, not a fucking "Saw" movie plus fight-choreography.

  • June 9, 2010, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Tarantino in Kill Bill mode would make a great MK movie

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    That deleted scene with Michael Jai White V Bill, and with the 70's kung fu vibe, gore and asian setting (which is missing from this urbanized seven/ saw reboot), is exactly the kind of tone a Mortal Kombat movie should have, particularly since the game was influenced by kung fu exploitation and shaw brothers martial arts fantasy movies in the first place.

  • June 9, 2010, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Christopher Lambert....

    by Lucky13

    Was the best part of the first MK movie... Anyone who disagrees can go sit on one (or all) of the spikes from the 'pit'.

  • June 9, 2010, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Turd, EXACTLY

    by StarWarsRedux

    Especially with the whole kung-fu/grindhouse movement, I'm surprised nobody bothered to attempt that. "Mortal Kombat" as a Shaw Bros. style martial-arts/fantasy exploitation epic? I'm there.

  • June 9, 2010, 9:12 p.m. CST

    I want a gritty, realistic RUMBLE ROSES film

    by Ye Not Guilty

    nuff said.

  • June 9, 2010, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Cast in the name of God...

    by StarWarsRedux

    ...Ye Not Guilty?

  • June 9, 2010, 9:17 p.m. CST

    To make the "mythology" angle work...

    by Boober

    You need to go a bit more James-Bond-Villain with these guys. I know that getting that outrageous while maitaining realism is hard, but it IS needed. Baraka in the game had 6" teeth and an eternal grin. Scorpion at least needs a freakish skull tattoo on his face or something...Anywaaaay, I can see Raiden being a vigilante who has built up his resistance to amp/voltage and electrocutes criminals...

  • June 9, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST

    G-A-Y...this video shows what an MK movie should be

    by Joey_Redballs

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEbvgiMRAmk

  • June 9, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Big Dumb Ape nailed it. - its NOT Mortal Kombat

    by Starship Captain

    Big Dumb Ape nailed what's wrong with this thing in his post. It looks nice and these people might have the talent to make a competent martial arts movie, but this just isn't "Mortal Kombat." Its some sort of bastardization by way of the "The Dark Knight" that looks okay, but as Ape said they forgot to actually make it "Mortal Kombat".<p>StarWarsRedux was right as well when he pointed out what made "Mortal Kombat" so cool was that it was "Enter the Dragon" with fantasy elements mixed together. And LV 426 was right to point out that these guys just want to pimp the "Mortal Kombat" for its brand name recognition, and nothing more. Together, the three of them have summed up everything that's wrong with this thing. As Ape pointed out, it looks nice but why should I care?

  • June 9, 2010, 9:45 p.m. CST

    MrHazard versus LV 426

    by Starship Captain

    Hazard, you're trying to argue that we haven't seen it all and Outworld stuff might still be a part of it, but this was a pretty fucking elaborate sales presentation piece. Clearly alot of time, energy and bucks went into making this. So if their intent was to keep the fantasy elements that made "Mortal Kombat" so popular, you'd think they would have shot something or inserted a few SFX shots to reflect that, as part of their sales pitch.<p>But they didn't do that, and this piece is polished and elaborate. So it seems pretty clear that it was designed to show that their vision is to take a complete "Dark Knight" approach, and make it gritty and real world and NOT Outworld-ish at all.<p>LV 426 was right. There's no need to re-imagine this in such a way that it no longer resembles what it was based on. I don't want a realistic "Mortal Kombat" movie. I want kung fu plus fantasy, which is what made the franchise unique to begin with.

  • June 9, 2010, 10:27 p.m. CST

    I hate this.

    by slaughterstorm

    Just for the record, I really hate this overproduced garbage.

  • June 9, 2010, 10:28 p.m. CST

    i'd watch this, good job

    by Waka_Flocka

    though jai white would be perfect as jax

  • June 9, 2010, 10:30 p.m. CST

    all the people complaining must not have watched the other MK mo

    by Waka_Flocka

    cos this is a damn sight better than them

  • June 9, 2010, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Gonna have to join the positive camp

    by Neosamurai85

    In fairness, I do not like Mortal Kombat. I grew up on Killer Instink Street Fighter 2 and Capcom vs. SNK (my name has nothing to do with the Matrix) and always found the controls and moves in MK clunky. It seemed interesting with its mythology, but over time it go so confusing and dense... more and more I felt like they added characters instead of improving the fighting, and when they did add characters there was so much that was just pallet swapping that pissed me off. So no. Sorry, but I'm not a devoted MK fan. That said, I'm not for this because I don't give a shit for the mythology. No, no. I think they should tone done the grounding in reality and maybe even drop the surgery bit, but like a few before me, I agree that there is nothing in this that says for sure that what we are seeing ISN'T just Jax's attempt at understanding the phenomenon from his reports. The first MK really didn't take it's time building up to the whole magic world crazy shit aspect. It was like, 'get on the boat... now, welcome to the motherfuckin' chocolate factory... but, um, that's not chocolate.' This seems to want to build, and I say let it. Let the characters apply grounded explinations to things and then throw them in the thick. Also, this is just a proof of concept guys. It's not likely any of the actors will be back or necessarily that we are looking at plot points that will all make it to the final script. I'm not saying that I like everything I see, but overall Mortal Kombat needs this. It needs a director that dosen't want to make it PG-13 fluff. It needs this degree of set design detail. It needs brutal fights and ideas that make you squirm. Should there be an outworld? I think there should, yes, but even if they really did make it the way it looks, it would still result in something that would make MK cool again, which it hasn't been for a long, long time. For fuck sake, I remember the live-action series. MK has been SyFy Channel grade fodder. Anything with this much care should be praised as the fucking second coming. But then again, I'm not a fan. *Shrugs*

  • June 9, 2010, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Starship Captain... yes and no

    by Neosamurai85

    Scorpion's eyes... the 'so and so is dead... my name is...' line is old and traditionally means someone is dead inside, and not literally dead, I think there was a pretty strong suggestion in that last bit that things are NOT all as Jax interprets them. But still, you make an overall good point.

  • June 9, 2010, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Enter the Dragon...

    by Neosamurai85

    was everything I HATED about the first MK movie. It was such a shameless rip-off I wanted to scream at the screen. Sure, any time you make a movie about a corrupt tournament, that's the movie you have to dance around, but to fucking translate nearly scene for scene. No. This may have Seven inspired grit, and Dark Knight reality, but until we see how they handle the tournament, we really don't know what this is, but don't go saying that adding bad CGI effects to a shitty rip off of Enter the Dragon that has no balls for gore (the whole point of MK!) makes for a good representation of the game.

  • June 9, 2010, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Just make it a Hard-R version of the fst MK movie.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    The problem with the fst movie is that it was cartoony. It was like a cartoony version of what would have been an excellent MK atmosphere. What they should do is simply insert some of the grit and adult-vibe to the environment established in MK1. <BR><BR> - Grassy fields and forests with ancient-looking asiany concrete buildings and temples filled with monks......minus the cartoony CG of the fst film and replaced with some of the hard-R grittiness of this new promo clip. <BR><BR> - All the modern stuff removed. Meaning no robots, no computer labs, and NO modern urban environments. I never really liked the Jax/Sonya story arc because it seems to be a mismatch with everything else. You got ninjas, warriors, monsters...then two city cops (wtf). Further characters like Stryker (the riot cop) only stress the mismatch.<BR> So I say eliminate Jax (and definately no Stryker)....keep Sonya because she's an original. But de-stress her modern-ness. She's not a city cop. She's just a special forces officer in pursuit of Kano, and that's it. The main character that we should relate to is Liu Kang, who should be a bridge between characters like Sonya and characters like Scorpion.<BR> <BR> Bottom line, just make it a Hard-R version of the fst movie.<BR><BR> And yes, someone's head needs to be punched off.

  • June 9, 2010, 11:59 p.m. CST

    this video blows, heres why

    by DioxholsterReturns

    its boring. if it were a real movie, audience will fall asleep after all the transformer characters i mean MK characters get introduced.

  • June 10, 2010, 12:07 a.m. CST

    wasn't mcweeny

    by GhostDad

    supposed to write MK3?

  • June 10, 2010, 12:34 a.m. CST

    by RAVENL0RD

    So, this thing is based in reality? Ummm... didn't Scorpion say he was dead, and have dead eyes? Seriously, even if this were a clip of a finished product, it is exactly that, a clip. It gives very little away. Who is to say that Shang Tsung isn't a sorcerer in the final version? Amazing how some people can get so mad over MORTAL KOMBAT. The story of MK is basically there to connect a bunch of character designs, just like all other fighting games. I think it is about time that someone actually take a chance and do something daring with a video game property.

  • June 10, 2010, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Would rather see Fraction, Brubaker, and Aja

    by Dingbatty

    version of The Immortal Iron Fist.

  • June 10, 2010, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Sub-Zero - Disgruntled ice cream truck driver

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Noob Saibot - Emo rocker.

  • June 10, 2010, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Definitely bring back Lambert

    by garybuseys_incisors

    Best part of the 1st MK movie.

  • June 10, 2010, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Love this!

    by Scoob1978

    Campy sure, but I like my mindless entertainment... um somewhat mindless. You mean I get to watch killer bad guys and endless fight scenes and no love story.. "No, we can't have that". Shut up. It's not close to the orginal format!! Please, it was all stolen. Let's get this done and make something new. It's gritty and fun and I can't wait. Cue the haters who have never enjoyed anything (including an orgasm which was super overrated).

  • June 10, 2010, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Start real and get holy shit this is something else..

    by P2Rock

    and take it to the real of fantasy horrow where these bastards have to fight thier way out of hell and purgatory.. Michael Jai White is an awesome martial artist and needs a good fight flick to show people what he has.... not MK btw.

  • June 10, 2010, 1:54 a.m. CST

    People have low standards apparently

    by RPLocke

    How was that any different from any video game cut scene?

  • June 10, 2010, 2:24 a.m. CST

    The first Mk was crazy for it's time

    by David Cloverfield

    so many CGI monsters and goodies. Yeah, not the best looking bunch, but it was 15 years ago. The scorpion fight in the forrest, Cage nutpunching Goro, creepy ass Reptile. Yeah, it was stupid, but ten year old me loved the hell out of it.

  • June 10, 2010, 2:37 a.m. CST

    having this based in reality is RETARDED

    by SirBiatchReturns

    POWERS must be involved or else you'll get another Chun Li esque shitfest.<p>Mark my words. I'm not really sure why some of you are celebrating over this. Like RPLocke said, it's a little better than a video game cut scene.

  • June 10, 2010, 2:40 a.m. CST

    in fact, most movies get muddled...

    by SirBiatchReturns

    when you have too many characters.<p>So let's list MK characters we actually give a damn and would be great in a movie.<p>Scorpion.<p>Sub-Zero.<p>close seconds: Raiden, Shang Tsung<p>Honestly, a medium budget film with special effects focused entirely on SubZero and Scorpion with powers would probably blow any video-game movie out the water. Their rivalry is the best thing about MK. Get a good script and you're good to go.<p>Where's my million dollars?

  • June 10, 2010, 2:45 a.m. CST

    An alternative would be to have Sonya as the main character.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    ...instead of Liu Kang. <BR><BR> Sonya can then represent the audience point-of-view in this strange outworld, being almost Lara Croft-like, with Scorpion and Sub-Zero engaged in their furious subplot.

  • June 10, 2010, 2:48 a.m. CST

    God this looks stupid

    by lord nobunga

  • June 10, 2010, 3:15 a.m. CST

    casting for Scorpion is superb

    by mattforce7

    but change everything else

  • June 10, 2010, 3:21 a.m. CST

    Scorpion and Sub-Zero have a rivalry

    by Dingbatty

    because they are both wearing different-colored versions of the same outfit? It's like a scene from a bad prom.

  • June 10, 2010, 3:26 a.m. CST

    If a MK movie HAD to be made...

    by SunTzu77

    I'd rather have someone like James McTeigue do it.

  • June 10, 2010, 3:33 a.m. CST

    I'd rather be a 7 year old IndustryKiller!...

    by Johnno

    Than a souless peon like you whose stuck in the minority of people who can't have a good time! Whatsamatter? Did Shang Tsung steal your soul and perform Molestality on you back when you were 7?<br><br>There's a great interview with the director at Collider! He confirms that he is keeping the mystical stuff in. It won't be 100% realistic. He just had to go a bit mroe realistic in the pitch video due to budget and lack of ability for SFX. But he's gonna handle it the same way Harry potter handles its real world and fantasy elements, and that the more fantastical stuff takes place once you enter the Outworld. Plus he pretty much is going with the ideas I stated, where the fantasy is not some Asian mysticism, but more demonic. I approve this man! You can read it all here, awesome awesome stuff: tinyurl.com/26uy7ca

  • June 10, 2010, 3:39 a.m. CST

    I'll tell you what looks good about that video!

    by Johnno

    It's not just the fight choreography! I love the badass tone! And I love how they got so much right with only a short amout of time and money to do it with! I love the entire approach, and knowing the director does plan to keep the mystical stuff and how he wants to approach it in the Collider interview, it just got a whole lot more awesome! That and the dialogue that you think is so bad, is actually showing me that the director is a hardcore fan who gets this franchise and knows just the right things to stroke the fanbase! If you seriously didn't get the fact that the dialogue is purposefully hammy in order to jam it with as many awesome memorable references as possible, then you're the sort of person who needs their head severed and their brains examined with the rest of your worthless body uppercutted into a pit! Face it you're not an MK fan and you don't get it! Go watch the Karate Kid and STFU! I'm behind this 100%!!!

  • June 10, 2010, 3:41 a.m. CST

    SirBiatchReturns, the powers and stuff WILL be there!

    by Johnno

    Read the Collider interview for all the details: tinyurl.com/26uy7ca

  • June 10, 2010, 3:47 a.m. CST

    Thanks Johnno!

    by fatjesuschrysler

    I was just about to post the same thing. It has been fun watching this talkback unfold, and seeing everyone getting so worked up over something they knew absolutely NOTHING about.

  • June 10, 2010, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Has there been a decent Mortal Kombat videogame...

    by rbatty024

    since the second one. The series was basically centered around the graphic deaths (which, as a middle schooler, I'll admit was pretty cool), but once we all became used to violence in video games and had to assess the game play then it became apparent that most of these games sucked.

  • June 10, 2010, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Molestality

    by David Cloverfield

    Good one Johnno.

  • June 10, 2010, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Peopls Should Read Johnno's Link; I'm In!

    by Dave I

    Really, read that.<p><p>I think that blew away any remote concerns I had. It was a 7-minute clip to show the tone (which I thought was great), they're going to balance the real world with the mysticism and powers, using Harry Potter as a template for doing so is not the worst idea, and, well, I'd say just read the article.<p><p>Anyway, I'm on. I think they could have a serious tone, still have the powers that make the games fun, a full-script could see closer incarnations of the characters we want to see or just be similar to the clip but more fleshed out, and get that balance I'd like to see and the not-cartoony look & feel I think MK should get. I'd be happy to see this made, and from the buzz it'd be hard for studios to ignore the ripples this has made. It could also coincide with MK9 having (allegedly) a return to the bloodier, more visceral sort of feel. Sure, the movie could still end up sucking, but I'm encouraged and will give it a watch if they make it. They've got me intrigued in a movie I had 0% interest in two days ago.<p><p>-Cheers

  • June 10, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Here's an interview with the director, puts minds at ease.

    by Mike_D

    http://www.collider.com/2010/06/09/kevin-tancharoen-interview-mortal-kombat-rebirth-feature-film/ Yes, mysticism WILL be in there.

  • June 10, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Molestality

    by We_R_Venom

  • June 10, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Always thought...

    by JShanW

    The fantasy element made it kind of stupid. Like this new approach, hope it gets picked up.

  • June 10, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    CreasyBear

    by Scalvador

    I think you're being a little harsh on M:I, the finale of that film has one of the best action sequences I've ever seen. Also, how can you discount The Matrix? It's regarded as possibly the most influential action film of the 90's. And if we're talking about just action scenes, I'd even put The Phantom Menace in there too. Say what you want about the quality of the film, the pod race and lightsabre battles were awesome.

  • June 10, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Does anyone under 30 care about MK?

    by Jabroni

    I can't imagine a whole lot of people giving a shit about a Mortal Kombat movie. I am 38 and while I was a huge fan (15 years ago), I would like to see something original at this point. All these video game, comic book and remakes are killing me. It would be nice to see an original thought for the first time in awhile. I wish those involved the best of luck, but I just don't care.

  • June 10, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Great great interview on Collider...

    by Mrhazard

    I really hope the studio gives Mr. Tancharoen the go on this. On a small budget of about 30 mil or so and a little advertising, this could be a huge success (much like the 1st film). You can tell this guy GETS IT. Not just about Mortal Kombat but about film-making in general.<p> I can't believe I'm a grown ass man and I can't wait for a Mortal Kombat movie. Unbelievable...

  • June 10, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST

    I'm 27 by the way...

    by Mrhazard

  • June 10, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    And actually...

    by Mrhazard

    All my nephews and nieces know or have played MK games... The meme is known by younger generations definitely. Just as much if not more than the A-Team or any other property that Hollywood is raping at the moment...

  • June 10, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST

    New game also announced!

    by Johnno

    Trailer is here: kotaku.com/5560010/

  • June 10, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Game Trailer Also On At Youtube

    by Dave I

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1l3UTrJYAQ Looks creepy, but in a good way.<p><p>Yeah, I'd like to check it out, and think that's kind of the vibe I'd like to see in the movie on some level a/o at some point.<p><p>-Cheers

  • June 10, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Alright. I'm excited BUT--

    by Violator90

    I do feel like they should be more towards their original versions. But the whole vibe is awesome. Yeah, it has that whole Dark Knight vibe to it, but I think MK is one of the few properties that can deal with it and still remain true to its source. <p> Come on people! How many just giggled like school girls at all the nods to the video game. Yes its different. Yes its darker and way bloodier. And yes, its a test run. It will definitely change IF it gets the go-ahead. So my hopes are high (for the first time in such a long ass time.) <p> I hope The-Powers-That-Be finally take a chance on this!

  • June 10, 2010, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Never understood the MK vs DC hate

    by Stalkeye

    Sure the game had no gory fatalities, but it was still fun to play especially when using DC characters like captain marvel, bats,deathstroke,etc.

  • June 10, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    More on this

    by schadenfreudian

    here: http://tinyurl.com/37ah87g

  • June 10, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Sorry, Mike_D

    by schadenfreudian

    I didn't see your link (I think the one I posted is basically the same)

  • June 10, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    And while I'm defending the 90's...

    by Scalvador

    Don't forget Verhoven's contributions - Total Recall and Starship Troopers were fucking awesome!

  • June 10, 2010, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Scalvador

    by Senzafine

    If you're gonna bring up Verhoeven you mustn't forget ROBOCOP. "Guns, guns, guns!"

  • June 12, 2010, 5:54 a.m. CST

    Scott Adkins for SUB ZERO!!

    by giangrosso

    Scott should def be subzero fan poster for subzero http://www.scottadkinsfanz.co.uk/Photo%20Gallery%20New/Sub_Zero_Adkins_Poster_nomask.jpg