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About That “Mortal Kombat” Short With Michael Jai White…

Picture 3If you didn’t see it, you can watch it HERE to catch up, or see it below. The web was all abuzz over it, with every blogger wondering who created it, what it was created for, etc… Well, wonder no more. Collider was able to track down the director, 26-year old, Kevin Tancharoen, and he had a lot to say.

Here are some items of note (as summarized by JoBlo):

• The film was shot over two days with two RED cameras, in early April, with another 2 months of post-production, and it cost $7,500. Many of the actors as well as crew donated their time.

• He wants to make the next Mortal Kombat movie and he knew that to be given a chance, he had to show that he could do it; so this was essentially his calling card.


• Michael Jai White would definitely be a part of the feature, as Jax Briggs, if he’s behind the camera.

• It was all done completely independently. No studio was involved, nor did any of them know about it.

• The same writer who is listed as the writer for the next Mortal Kombat movie, Oren Uziel, also wrote the script for the short.

• He wants to make a movie that balances the real world with the mysticism and the special powers.

• He Says Scorpion is indeed the bad guy and will stay a bad guy in the feature.

If you’d like to read the entire interview click HERE to head over to Collider for the rest.

Will his calling card be answered by Warner Bros.? We’ll just have to wait and see. Although, maybe a more important question is whether YOU, the fans, think Tancharoen should be given the project??? By the way, Tancharoen has only 1 feature-film credit on his resume, and you won’t believe what it is: last year’s Fame reboot!

Here’s the short film again:

6 comments to About That “Mortal Kombat” Short With Michael Jai White…

  • The short is HOT! I was all in the other night watching it. It would be awesome if this was pulled off.

    And I have to say that this short was better than the last few movies (Nightmare on Elm Street, Iron Man, Prince of Persia, SATC) I saw combined.

  • Andrew

    If they manage to keep the same feel in a full length movie then it would be one of the best movies I have ever seen. It had a dark feel to it that reminded me of Se7en and it was definitely awesome to see the Mortal Kombat characters have a more realistic spin to them.

    Basically, whoever snags this up for production stands to make a lot of money if Tancharoen can keep the same feel going.

  • It would be great to greenlight this movie, since the MK video game reboot has just been revealed. Midway needs to gain visibility again and ANYTHING is better than “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.” Michael Jai White is cool as fuck, and he’s not some basic steroytype that the game and movie versions were

  • Anthony E.

    Seems a little fishy. All this internet buzz around this short and no word from the studios. This material is copyrighted and owned by a large company but yet it’s still around and no one has tried to take it down or anything.
    Sounds like a ploy to create buzz for the film. Ever since Blair Witch studios have been trying to duplicate hype.

  • Anthony, I think that’s why the little short didn’t show any powers or costumes or anything like that to avoid breach of license issues.

    Anyway, I say give Kevin Tancharoen a shot to direct a Mortal Komabt reboot because of his great effort in putting this short film together, and because us Indy artists sometimes have more imagination and creativity than half of these Hollywood linchpins.

  • AccidentalVisitor

    No love for Jeri Ryan?