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Kevin Tancharoen; Talks About What He Wants to do in a Feature Version!

Kevin Tancharoen.

If you’re a Mortal Kombat fan, yesterday was Christmas. That’s because an awesome short film called Mortal Kombat: Rebirth hit the net and it featured a gritty, real world approach to the material. Featuring Michael Jai White, Jeri Ryan, martial artists Lateef Crowder, Ian Anthony Dale and Matt Mullins, the short film has been getting nothing but positive write-ups across the cyberspace. You really should check it out.


But the big story was what was the purpose and who made the short. Some guessed it was for an unannounced feature film, and others thought it might be for a new Mortal Kombat game.

When word got out it was directed by Kevin Tancharoen (Fame), I was kind of stunned. After all, who would have thought the guy who made Fame would have directed an awesome Mortal Kombat short. Thankfully, I had Tancharoen’s email and reached out to see if he wanted to talk about how the short came together and why he wanted to make it. If you’d like to know a lot more, hit the jump to either read or listen to our interview. I’ve also included some highlights as bullet points:

Some highlights:

They shot the short film over two days on two RED cameras
Started in early April and it took 2 months to do the post production. Most people donated their time. The short was made for $7,500
Knew if he was going to get a chance at a genre picture, he’d have to show he could do it on his own. This is a calling card for a chance at making the next Mortal Kombat feature film and it’s his vision for how he’d do it.
No one at any studio knew he was doing the short
Oren Uziel wrote the short. He’s currently listed on IMDb to write the next Mortal Kombat movie at Warner Bros.
Says he wants to make a movie that balances the real world with the mysticism and the special powers. Compares it to the way Harry Potter exists in two worlds. As in there are two universes that coexist with each other.
Confirms “fatalities” are definitely in his movie. He wants to put them in the tournament in an “organic way”
Definitely would use “get over here” (the classic line from the game)
Michael Jai White plays Jax Briggs in the short and he’d definitely be a part of the feature.
Says Scorpion is the bad guy and will stay a bad guy
They only had 4 hours to shoot the big fight scene

Here’s the full interview that was done just a few hours ago. If you liked the short and want to know how it all came together, you’ll really like this interview. You can either read the transcript below or
listen to the audio by clicking here.

Finally, a big thank you

to www.collider.com and Kevin Tancharoen for giving his time today.

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This pleases me!!!!! Cool thumbsup thumbsup

Hey Kidz



same thing mi say

this derector is the one to make the new mortal kombat movie

the short flim that he done is way low buget only 7000 add

the quality is the best

love the concept, mortal kombat need to have a real life feel to it in movies to make it belivable an this director has done just that.

thumbsup ten dance1

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