Kevin Tancharoen

Mortal Kombat Legacy 2

On September 26th, you’ll be able to binge-watch Mortal Kombat: Legacy II on Machinima, so make sure to have a hand harpoon-proof vest handy. After 70 million views on their YouTube channel since its debut in 2011, the experiment in fan-fulfillment/passion project creation/free internet TV has now spawned a continuation of the story with Kevin Tancharoen back in the director’s chair. They’ve lost Michael Jai White, but they’ve gained the original Shang Tsung (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) from the 1995 movie. Unfortunately, they’ve also added some gorgeous action but kept the terrible acting. Check out the trailer for yourself:

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In the summer of 2010, a Michael Jai White-starring short film set in the “Mortal Kombat” video game universe hit the Internet. Nobody really knew what it was at first, but it ended up being a proof of concept short that Kevin Tancharoen directed in order to prove that there was room for a new Mortal Kombat movie that would take a different approach than New Line’s original take on the material. That short has since become known as Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, and though it didn’t immediately land Tancharoen an offer to do a full-length film, it did garner him some additional studio change from Warner Bros. to fund an entire series of web shorts, which were called Mortal Kombat: Legacy. I guess they were another toe dipped in the water to see if there was any interest in a new series of Mortal Kombat films. Stretching the original short out to a series of them had mixed results in this reviewer’s eyes, but the reaction to them must have been positive and large enough to prove something to someone, because it’s looking like Tancharoen is finally going to get to direct his feature. Heat Vision is reporting that New Line is picking up this ball and running with it, as they’ve hired Tancharoen and his writerOren Uziel to come and make a new feature-length Mortal Kombat for them. New Line’s last attempt at a full length Mortal Kombat movie was 1997’s Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, which was pretty much a giant bomb.

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Editor’s Note: You can watch the episode at the bottom of the post. Hooray! The second to last episode of Mortal Kombat: Legacy finally gives us a battle between fan favorite characters Scorpion and Sub Zero, and it also finally gave us our first images of a character using super powers during a fight. The first half of this storyline was almost all build, putting Scorpion and Sub Zero on a collision course that would come to a head during this fight in the woods. Though the fight is a little short for all of the build it got, it did manage to be satisfying because of its inclusion of essential gameplay moments. First off, we get to watch Sub Zero use his ice powers in battle, and the results are pretty fun. The effects work on the ice creations aren’t the most impressive or polished that I’ve ever seen, but they’re perfectly acceptable and don’t take away from the battle by looking shoddy or cheesy. I particularly liked how there’s always a slight trail of smoke and snow behind all of his power bursts. The real cool part about it was just seeing him go on the offensive with moves that you can use in the games.

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The third episode of Mortal Kombat: Legacy starts off looking jarringly different than anything we’ve seen from the show so far. Gone are the gritty environments and shady looking tough guys, and in their place is a parody presentation of one of those Hollywood gossip shows. It looks like something you’d see on E! reporting on the personal lives of the Kardashians. The effect is a little confusing, and I even spent a second thinking I had loaded up the wrong video, but the change in tone comes because we’ve left our characters from the first two episodes behind in order to be introduced to a new player, Hollywood actor Johnny Cage. The first thing we learn about Cage is that his story is one of rise and fall. He was once the most promising action star in the business, but he threw it all away due to ego and self-destructive tendencies. I liked the way Cage’s story was presented, as the trash news parody was able to act as a framework for giving us a lot of information in a short amount of time without writing huge mouthfuls of expositional dialogue for the characters. This is the sort of trick an abbreviated series with ten-minute episodes needs to be pulling to keep us engrossed in the characters but not use up all of the precious screen time being talky. Plus, Kevin Tancharoen and his crew got the tone of the thing just right. We get the Ken Burns motion […]

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What do you get when every episode of your show is only 10 or so minutes long? This week it’s two action sequences and a plot point. When we last left our players Sonya Blade had freed herself from her chains and her rescuer Jax and the jerk that chained her up Kano were diving away from an explosion. When this episode begins we are dropped back off in the warehouse, right in the middle of some more shooting and fighting. First a newly freed Sonya Blade takes out some lackeys and finds herself some firepower. That’s one of two action sequences in the episode, and it’s very brief. The bulk of what we get for the rest of the run time is a hand-to-hand fight between Jax and Kano. What I saw here was a big indication of where this web series is heading in the future and what it’s going to accomplish. If you’re going to make a serial show about Mortal Kombat, probably the most essential thing that you’re going to need to get right is the hand-to-hand fighting. Now that we’ve seen some fisticuffs between two of the big characters, I have more confidence that Mortal Kombat: Legacy is getting things right.

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What started out as a web short, and what may some day become a feature length film, is currently a debuting web series. A company named Machinima, in conjunction with Warner Bros., brings you the first episode of the new web based series Mortal Kombat: Legacy. The first episode tells the story of an evil guy named Kano (Darren Shahlavi) who has a hideout where he leads a force of evil guys in evil tasks, and their captive Sonya Blade (Jeri Ryan) who is a police person of some sort. The thrust of the episode’s around 11 minute runtime is a pair of police named Jackson Briggs (Michael Jai White) and Kurtis Stryker (Tahmoh Penikett) leading an assault on Kano’s compound and trying to get Sonya out. Technically, the show is up to par with any sort of action sci-fi show that you might see on basic cable currently, so clearly Warner Bros. is investing a decent amount of money into this project. But aside from the purely financial concerns of what they’re capable of doing, the show is pretty artistically put together as well. The image looks very digital. I guess that’s to be expected, as it’s largely the advances in digital photography that are making projects like this possible, and the slight waxiness of the actors doesn’t take much away from the aesthetics of the show. Much of what we see is set in a dark warehouse, and while we largely get a shadowy noir look to things, […]

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Last summer, this fantastic short film featuring the characters of Mortal Kombat hit the internet with a furious vengeance as if it were trying to rectify the first two movies. It might have succeeded. The short starred Michael “Dynamite” Jai White as Jax, and it’s led to a 10-episode web series. That web series may very well lead to a movie produced at Warners.

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Before directing the upcoming remake of Alan Parker’s 1980 hit Fame, Kevin Tancharoen was a dancer in You Got Served. Now he’s planning a major sci-fi movie. Yes, we’re confused as well.

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