Before the rebooted Mortal Kombat was announced in June last year, a video surfaced that caused all manner of jubilations among the gaming community. The video was called Mortal Kombat Rebirth and stared Jax, played by Michael Jai White, interviewing a chap named Scorpion with the help of his partner, Sonja Blade aka Jeri Ryan. So the conclusion was jumped to that it was some form of viral, slipped out before either a new game or film announcement but in actual fact, it was no more than a concept video by director Kevin Tancharoen. He wanted to make a modernised MK movie with the dirty semi-realism found in its games so put together a promo for Warner Bros. to mull over since they hold the rights to the franchise.
Now a new game is on the way and scheduled to hit store in April, it appears Warner have taken Tancharoen up on his offer and a 10-part webisode series is in the works, focusing on Jax as he goes about his crime fighting duties. According to early reports (via Bloody Disgusting), Liu Kang, Scorpion, Sub Zero, Shang Tsung, Shao Kahn, Durak, Kabal, Kitana and Mileena will be joining Jax in some way or another but oddly no Sonja Blade. Odder still is the concentration in Jax who may come off pretty cool in Tancharoen’s vid, but I wouldn’t consider him a hugely popular character. Maybe that’s exactly what’s needed for a storyline to be more than a series of fanciful vagabonds. Both Scorpion and Sub Zero are somewhat poster boys for the franchise but they’ve hogged the spotlight for long enough that their respective stories are well known to some degree. And cop dramas are wildly popular so adding some supernatural qualities with a supporting cast like this one would potentially gain more interest from those unfamiliar with the game.
There’s no date as to when the webisodes are coming but filming begins next month in Vancouver and it would make sense for them to coincide with Mortal Kombat‘s April release or at least very close to that. Here’s hoping!