[My apologies to Charles Webb who originally posted this as I'm about to trample all over his post with a stack of new - and 100% confirmed - information on this. - Todd]
Fans of Mortal Kombat
wondering when they'd get a taste of the upcoming feature film reboot of the franchise, today is your day. A nearly eight minute promo reel for the upcoming project has arrived online labeled as being from Mortal Kombat: Rebirth
and I have confirmed absolutely that this video has NOTHING to do with the upcoming new installment of the video game franchise and is, in fact, a promo reel for the upcoming feature film. And, good lord, this is tasty stuff - worlds better than any of the original film incarnations. There is a healthy noir overtone, the actors involved all seem to recognize exactly what sort of universe they are inhabiting and - best of all - they went out and got themselves a boat load of actual fighters to fill the parts.
Who's involved? The director here is Kevin Tancharoen. And don't hold the Fame
remake against him ... the guy is a long time fan of martial arts film and it has often been said that shooting action well is an awful lot like shooting a dance sequence well, just with different lighting and sound effects. The discipline itself completely carries over. Handling the fight choreography is Larnell Stovall, who was recently awarded the Best Fight Choreographer award at the inaugural Action Fest
for his work on Undisputed 3
. And the stars? That's Michael Jai White - sadly not fighting - awaiting his transformation into Jax, Jeri Ryan as Sonya Blade, Lateef Crowder as Baraka, and Matt Mullins as Johnny Cage.
But enough reading about it, check it out below.
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