There’s work on a new Mortal Kombat game, as Ed Boon is constantly talking about on his Twitter page, but the movie franchise is dead in the water. Or is it? A trailer surfaced today that’s been confirmed to be a flavor trailer to try and push a re-imagined Mortal Kombat franchise. Per Jeri Ryan herself…
It’s not a game trailer. Actually was made for the director to sell WB on his vision for a reimagined MK film.
More MK FAQs: I did it as a favor to a friend. No idea yet what WB’s reaction to it was. And I’m not sure how you can contact WB…
…(cont.) to push them to make it. But you guys are resourceful…!
Now, I won’t lie: this looks pretty cool. It looks to be a realistic take on the franchise, and has some strong points. Michael Jai White and Jeri Ryan? That’s kind of awesome. And giving the characters a realistic, almost twisted serial killer feel is cool. But…and here’s my key problem with this…it isn’t Mortal Kombat.
I’ve always maintained that, yes, you have to change things to fit different mediums. But you have to change them within the context of the world. Look at that movie, at how radically different the characters are, and at how different the world is from the established one. Sure, you’ve called it Mortal Kombat and slapped the characters names in there, but when you can rename everyone and be relatively indistinguishable from the original creation, you’ve got a problem.
Regardless, this does look like it has a lot of potential, and I’m certainly going to keep my ear to the ground for more information.