Mortal Kombat Reboot Trailer Actually Looks Watchable
06.09.10 by Ryan
Game website Kotaku found what looked to be an extended trailer for Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, which the site speculated was either for an upcoming Mortal Kombat game or movie, but they weren't sure. Appearing in Rebirth was actress Jeri Ryan, known to sci-fi fans from her work on the TV show Star Trek: Voyager, who used her Twitter page to explain.
Okay, so ... Mortal Kombat. It's not a game trailer. Actually was made for the director to sell WB on his vision for a reimagined MK film.
More MK FAQs: I did it as a favor to a friend. No idea yet what WB's reaction to it was.
Only two Mortal Kombat movies have been made, 1995's the Mortal Kombat and 1997's Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, but plans for a reboot were announced in January. Warner Bros. looked to finally make good on their acquisition of Mortal Kombat developer Midway Games when a lawsuit was filed a month later by Threshold Entertainment, the development partner of the original movie, who claimed they had signed a contract for a Mortal Kombat sequel in 2006, well before the Warners' purchase.
Latino Review reported a few details of the trailer, revealing that the man responsible is Kevin Tancharoen, the director of the poorly received Fame remake, but has clearly found his niche with Rebirth, which in only a few minutes erases the memory of director Paul W.S. Anderson's cheesy original.
The trailer features Ryan as Sonya Blade, Michael Jai White (Spawn) as Jax, up-and-coming martial artist Matt Mullins as Johnny Cage, Lateef Crowder (Undisputed III) as Baraka, and Ian Anthony Dale as Scorpion.
How well Tancharoen's gamble will work with Warner Bros. is unknown considering its ongoing legal snafu, but with the trailer at almost a million views in just over a day, the fans are clearly excited. Watch the trailer below.