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Director Kevin Tancharoen has been immersed in the world of Mortal Kombat for three years. He directed two full seasons of Mortal Kombat: Legacy for the web and has been prepping a feature film at New Line Cinema as well. That’s a whole lot of fatalities.

Now it seems the director, who also made a play to direct Hunger Games a few years back, has had it with Raiden, Sub Zero and Scorpion. He took to Twitter to announce he’s leaving the franchise, leaving the film in limbo. Read More »

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Mortal Kombat Legacy II

Usually in Mortal Kombat, the words “Finish Him” mean certain doom. However, for the online series Mortal Kombat: Legacy, things are far from finished. The first season debuted in 2011 to great success and now director Kevin Tancharoen is gearing up to debut Mortal Kombat: Legacy II, the second season of the popular online show. Featuring classic characters like Raiden, Scorpion, Sub Zero, Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Kitana and Mileena, the director promises “more action, fights, special effects, and overall, more of what fans want.”

Mortal Kombat: Legacy II debuts on Machinima September 26 and the final trailer has just been released. Check it out below. Read More »

‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy’ Season 2 Trailer

As fans patiently wait for a possible new Mortal Kombat movie, director Kevin Tancharoen is keeping himself immersed in the world where people are likely to cry “Finish Him!” A second season of the popular Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series is coming soon complete with new characters and even greater stakes. Check out the first trailer for the new season below. Read More »

Disney Animation’s computer animated feature film Wreck-It Ralph follows Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly), a bad guy from a Donkey Kong meets Rampage inspired 1980’s arcade game Fix It Felix Jr. The story is set inside the world of video games. Fix It Felix Jr. is one of the remaining classic arcade machines in the back corner of an arcade. When the arcade closes, the characters in the games connect and interact between the worlds of the different machines. Ralph realizes that he no longer wants to be a bad guy, and adventures into other games in effort to become the hero.

This connected world allows the movie to feature interactions between some of your favorite classic video game characters, Roger Rabbit-style. Footage screened at CinemaCon has confirmed appearances from classic video game characters from Nintendo, Midway Games, Sega and more. Details after the jump.

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This week, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley muster some enthusiasm for the new Arrested Development series/movie, try to make some sense of Terra Nova, run down some anime films, and reflect on the prospects of a new Mortal Kombat film. Special guest Katey Rich joins us from Cinemablend.

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In June 2010, the short Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, based on the popular fighting video game series, hit the web. Armed with recognizable faces like Michael Jai White and Jeri Ryan and no small amount of violence, the short became a sensation, racking up millions of views on YouTube. The director was revealed to be choreographer Kevin Tancharoen, and the short spawned a web series that played out over the following year.

When the short hit we wondered if it might be a way to test the waters for a new feature film based on Mortal Kombat. That wasn’t quite the purpose on the studio side of things, though Tancharoen definitely viewed it as an audition. And that audition ended up working out that way in the end. New Line is now planning a new Mortal Kombat film, which will be written by Oren Uziel (the writer of MK: Rebirth) and directed by Tancharoen. Read More »

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Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better than seeing Freddy Krueger fight Jason Voorhees, now you can control him fighting Scorpion, Sub Zero and Liu Kang. The Nightmare on Elm Street icon is the latest downloadable character in the new Mortal Kombat game and after the jump you can see the trailer for his appearance as well as two of his fatalities. Finish him! Read More »

Add another popular video game to the slowly growing list of games getting the online, live action treatment. Last week, Machinima premiered the first episode of their new Mortal Kombat series Mortal Kombat Legacy and the second episode is now online. The same site also released the first official look at footage from Operation Chastity, a Halo-themed live action film being made by Halo fans for Halo fans. Watch both videos, see some concept art and read more after the jump. Read More »

You might think I sound crazy, but I know I’m not the only one who gets chills when they think about the first time they saw the Mortal Kombat movie. The movie itself is largely disappointing, but after playing the games obsessively at local arcades – lining up quarters, practicing fatalities, etc. – finally sitting down in the theater and hearing the initial scream of “MORTAL KOMBAT,” over the New Line logo, followed by The Immortals techno beats, was a very exciting moment. Unfortunately, it was a little too exciting and there was no way the film could ever live up to it. Why am telling you this? Because anytime there’s a new Mortal Kombat property, I secretly hope that it’ll match the energy of those 20 seconds of pre-credit perfection.

The next chance at that kind of immortality is Mortal Kombat: Legacy, an upcoming live action web series by Kevin Tancharoen that premieres April 12 on Machinima.com, starring Jeri Ryan and Michael Jai White. You can check out the first official clip (as well as the clip I mentioned, just for the hell of it) after the jump. Read More »

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