Selecting Kevin Tancharoen to direct the, as of yet untitled, Mortal Kombat film seems to be the best and wisest choice for Warner Brothers. His web series, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, has generated some well deserved popularity with its focused special effects and great cast. WB will need his passion for the franchise, as well as his fan base, to put some beef into sales upon the film’s release.
Tancharoen seems dedicated to MK, and by his response to Entertainment Weekly concerning the tone of the new film he responds, “Up to this point, we’ve only been talking ‘rated R…I like realistic takes on things, I like it when it’s a little darker and grittier. And I want the martial arts to feel real as opposed to balletic and super-choreographed. It needs to feel brutal, because that’s the nature of the video game itself.” Tancharoen is also, oddly enough, the director behind the films, Fame and Glee: The 3D Concert Movie.
Fans of the Mortal Kombat franchise are probably already familiar with the web series, Legacy, since it’s set to begin its second season. If you have yet to be acquainted with the Machinima production, here is your chance. The episodes are 12-14 minutes in length and can be found at their Youtube page here. What a great cast of familiar faces like Jeri Ryan, Michael Jai White, Tahmoh Penikett and others. Below is episode 1, of season one. The entire first season is available on blue ray for about $7 on Amazon.
Season Two’s plot piece is set for the tournament itself, where season one’s focus was creating a backstory.