As much as many of us still may want a Mortal Kombat movie, it doesn’t appear to be happening anytime soon (I desperately want to be proven wrong). However, it looks like Warner Bros. is planning another live-action webseries as part of a new slate of projects courtesy of WB’s digital production branch, Blue Ribbon Content.
The series is untitled, but is currently poised for an April 2015 airing in sync with the release of Mortal Kombat X, the newest game from WB and Netherealm Studios. Much ado has been said about a possible third season following an initial report earlier this year with surprise statements from once-former series director, Kevin Tancharoen. “With Legacy Season 1, it was kind of a big experiment.” said Tancharoen in acknowledging how a new season would be approached in comparison to the first two seasons. “No one has done it before, and we didn’t know if should be an anthology or connected. We did the first one as an anthology and the second one more serialized. In the future, it will definitely be more connected and more cohesive… We all feel right now that we have such a trajectory to the series. There are so many more stories to tell in that format.”
Tancharoen was previously tied to direct a feature-length reboot for Warner Bros. after his 2010 short, Mortal Kombat Rebirth, leaked online, and to much avail from fans and even Warner executives. From there the hit webseries, Mortal Kombat Legacy took off with two hit seasons while hosted on YouTube by online platform, Machinima before the director shocked fans with a tweet late last year, separating himself from all things Mortal Kombat. After Tancharoen‘s statements, at least one actor who starred in the series, Casper Van Dien who played Johnny Cage in season two, began posting a few notable pictures on social media last month openly hinting at the likelihood of a third season.
For what it’s worth, all things here appear to be shaping up pretty well and we might even get Tancharoen back in the director’s chair. Besides, anyone who hates cliffhangers and loves Mortal Kombat would undoubtedly be curious to see just what the exact f*ck happened after that tease of a season two finale… I know I am, especially with the new series aiming to bring back some of the old characters, as well as new ones – a move that could finally grant us some proper action sequences with a cybernetically enhanced Michael Jai White in the role of Jax Briggs, and a red-eyed killer Kano played previously by Darren Shahlavi, (both who starred in the first season) to name a few.
Tancharoen has otherwise been busy working on a number of short film projects this year, and even putting in somework on the latest season of ABC’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Details are still pending on the director’s upcoming holiday crime thriller, The Guns Of Christmas Past for Voltage Pictures, and maybe even (with the good graces of our movie overlords at Warner Bros.), the Mortal Kombat movie written by Tancharoen and Men In Black 3 scribe Oren Uziel which we were once promised. “…Crazy fatalities and surprise characters with a hard R-rating for sure!…” said series fight choreographer Larnell Stovall when asked earlier this month about his aspirations for feature film treatment. “…I truly hope Warner Bros and New Line make it happen, whether I am involved or not. I simply just want to see these characters on the big screen. They deserve it!!”
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H/T: ComingSoon.net via Mashable