I believe I’ve watched Kevin Tancharoen’s Mortal Kombat: Legacy season 2 trailer around 15 times since it dropped this past Sunday night. I’m not the biggest gamer by any means, but I’m a pretty big Mortal Kombat fan and I try to keep up with any and all happenings concerning MK. For those who have not seen it yet, watch it now!
I remember while I was working at Amazon, late 2010/early 2011, telling my buddy Travis Artim that I would love to see a rebooted Mortal Kombat movie. The original MK movie that came out in 1995 is what it is. I watched it a ton back when I was 12/13 years old and loved it, but for any fan that wasn’t a preteen, it left much to be desired. With today’s CG alone the entire look of the movie (each character and battle settings) would get the justice it deserves. Travis agreed that a new take on Mortal Kombat would be awesome.
Travis is actually the one who originally told me about Mortal Kombat: Rebirth. The short film made by Tancharoen as a pitch to Warner Bros. in an attempt to get the green light for a new Mortal Kombat film. The video that went viral in 2010 with fans believing it was a trailer for an upcoming reboot of the franchise. I included it below for you to enjoy…
MK: Rebirth got a ton of hits, but not enough for Warner Bros. to dish out funding for a new movie. They gave Tancharoen the nod to shoot his own web-series, and boom, he delivered Mortal Kombat: Legacy April 2011. Legacy is 9 episodes with about 7 to 10 mins of material per episode and it’s outstanding in my opinion. I felt it was really cool that he chose to do origins stories for the characters featured. Most who follow the material know all about the tournament itself, but great stories can’t exist without characters and character development. Some fans I’ve crossed paths with didn’t like the different styles used for each episode of the origins stories, but I felt that was one of the strengths.
I support everything that Kevin Tancharoen has done with Legacy season 1, and I’m highly anticipating season 2 this April. But since the Legacy season 2 trailer dropped, I can’t stop thinking about how a trilogy could play out.
The idea that keeps running through my nugget goes something like…
The first act – The story is Raiden/Shao Kahn-centric (to be good, the MK story has to be character driven… it can’t stand on the tournament by itself – see Mortal Kombat 1995) and takes place during the Mortal Kombat tournament after 8 straight Outworld
victories at Mortal Kombat. Which would be 100 years before the Mortal Kombat Tournament featuring Liu Kang, Johnny Cage, and Sonya Blade. This tournament is where combatants like Shang Tsung, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Reptile, Nightwolf, Kenshi, and Kung Lao are introduced and featured. The Earthrealm warriors fight the forces of Outworld but are defeated as Scorpion wins Mortal Kombat for Outworld. Setting the stage and stakes very high for Earthrealm fighters to come (Liu Kang and company), because losing 10 straight Mortal Kombat tournaments would mean Outworld would be able to invade the Earthrealm.
Second act – Shao Kahn, and Shang Tsung (possibly Quan Chi) plot how to ensure a 10th straight MK victory so they can invade Earthrealm. They also layout plans to bypass the rules of Mortal Kombat in case Outworld does not win. Raiden pleads to the elder gods how they cannot let his brother (Shao Kahn) invade the Earthrealm no matter what. He keeps a close eye on the Shaolin Monks hoping that they produce a fighter who can eventually protect Earthrealm by becoming a Mortal Kombat champion. On top of searching for other hopeful combatants, Raiden experiences some doubt in the elder gods, and in himself. Since his handpicked choice of Kung Lao was not able to win the tournament 100 years prior.
Act three would feature Outworld attempting to win their 10th consecutive Mortal Kombat featuring Outworld fighters like Scorpion (he is eternal, and would be the reigning champ), Shang Tsung (a sorcerer, his longevity comes from the souls he’s taken and he’s been present for many a tournament), Kano, Baraka, Sindel, Mileena, and Goro. Against the Earthrealm fighters of Raiden, Liu Kang, Kitana, Jax, Stryker, Sonya Blade, and Johnny Cage.
***Keep in mind this idea is very rough. I didn’t sit down and write an entire story. But I think these character groupings and their stories blend well where placed on my little timeline. Maybe act 2 and 3 could be done as one storyline (Movie 1 and 2)… then afterwards, release a prequel story that would include what I laid out for act one, kinda like the Underworld franchise.***
Lastly, I only have one casting idea so far – Ronda Rousey as Sonya Blade is an absolute must!