Mortal Kombat: The Glorified Fan Film

Watch the clip. Immediately and preferably in Hi-Def. And be warned, the opening bits with the Harlequin babies is a bit unnerving.

Doesn’t exactly have the look of something that’s basically an audition tape. Made for $7,500, without studio knowledge and with a director, Kevin Tancharoen, who had previously only directed the movie version of Fame and some performance stuff for the Pussycat Dolls and Britney Spears. (Interview with Mr. Tancharoen.) Somehow, it ended up amazing. It has everything a MK remake needs – gratuitous violence, quasi-realistic characters and Michael Jai White. Seriously, the guy is awesome. The only mistake it made was casting Jeri Ryan as Sonya Blade instead of Mrs. Pete Sampras, which surprisingly serves to make the character five years older.

Really hope this ends up getting made, and there’s no reason it shouldn’t. Basically every movie coming out this summer is a remake of something anyway, so might as well remake this too. And it’s grittier and grounded in reality! It’s almost like…the perfect storm.

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