New Mortal Kombat Trailer – Hell, Yeah!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 11:26 pm

The new Mortal Kombat trailer is one of the latest fanboy sensations making its way around the Internet. Okay, it’s not really a trailer for anything at the moment, but it sure could be. And given the response it’s been generating, it’s a good bet that it will.

Directed by Kevin Tancharoen–of last year’s Fame remake–the trailer was put together for execs at Warner Bros., as they’re reportedly interested in rebooting the big-screen version of the fighting franchise. As you may remember, the last series of Mortal Kombat movies weren’t exactly breathtaking. In case you’ve forgotten (or mercifully had that section of your brain removed), take a look at the trailer for the original film.

Wow. Christopher Lambert’s crazy hair is only matched by his outrageous accent. And while Bridgette Wilson looks mighty fine as Sonya Blade, she moves with all the speed of molasses in the film’s fight scenes.

But that’s all changed this time around. Tancharoen’s vision of Mortal Kombat looks like a cross between Saw and Seven, with Michael Jai White (Black Dyn-a-mite) in the role of police officer Jackson “Jax” Briggs. And fans of large breasts and even larger lips will also be pleased, as Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine in Star Trek: Voyager) pops in as Sonya Blade. Ryan even weighed in on the trailer on Twitter recently, and here’s what she had to say:

“It’s not a game trailer. Actually was made for the director to sell WB on his vision for a reimagined MK film. I did it as a favor to a friend. No idea yet what WB’s reaction to it was.”

Hopefully the suits like it enough to fund a rated-R version of the franchise. While they’ll probably wimp out and go the PG-13 route, it would be great to see Reptile eating people’s brains and Baraka performing backroom plastic surgery on himself.

But before I say too much, go ahead and watch the trailer. If you have even the slightest interest in video games or the Mortal Kombat franchise, I promise it’ll be worth your time.

Was that badass, or was that badass? By the way, here are a few tidbits of info you might be interested in:

So the premise is that crime is so out of control in Deacon City that the police are sending Scorpion into the tournament to kill everyone. In return, he gets a chance to take his revenge on Sub-Zero. Nice and simple.

Michael Jai White is perfect for his role, as he’s able to deliver any material with a straight face and make it convincing. Hell, just check out the blaxploitation spoof Black Dynamite for endless examples of what I’m talking about. My favorite line, by the way, came when Jacks was talking about Baraka. “His first victim was likely accidental. The next two dozen…were…not.”

Hollywood is always keeping their ear to the ground, because giving people what they want ultimately means more money in the coffers. Considering the buzz surrounding this trailer, there’s a decent chance that something might actually get done, but spreading the world via social media networks and such can’t hurt, either.

So what do you think about the new Mortal Kombat trailer? Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section.

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