Back in the 90's when arcades were the only place to play the newest games, way before having a games console was the social norm, there were three video games which dominated my sugar addled, Godzilla obsessing childhood and they were Moonstone, Street Fighter 2 and Mortal Kombat and despite being ultra violent and utterly amazing Moonstone was sadly forgotten by most, were as the Street Fighter 2 and Mortal Kombat, would go on to become video game legends, aswell as spawning their own movie incarnations, which to most would be viewed as cinematic trash and which in the case of Street Fighter was undoubtedly true.
Still there was somthing which grabbed me about Mortal Kombat, with it's kung fu goodness and portrayals of the iconic characters from the game, securing it's place as a guilty pleasure in my collection. Sadly this favourable opinion wasn't shared by many and despite spawning a ropey sequel and a pretty decent spin off series, the first film version was pretty much discarded as being trash like the rest of the video game movies.
Still this morning I stumbled across this trailer for a new film in the series titled "Mortal Kombat: Rebirth"
Within two days of being posted on Youtube it has received over a million views, sparking much discussion as to what it could be a trailer for? Could it be for a new game? Possibly a new movie version?
The truth is that it is a test, made by Kevin Tancharoen (yes the guy who directed "Fame") in a bid to garner studio interest in the project, which at present is still to see the film green lit, but seriously I am already excited about this film, especially in the way that he has given the game a whole new twist, by bringing its characters into the real world and reworking them into slightly less fantastical creations, in much the same way that Christopher Nolan did for Batman, which there is no doubt also opened the doorway for this latest reimagining.
True he might not be the first director to do this, seeing how Robert Rodriguez did a similar stunt, to get "Sin City" off the ground and also to secure the approval of it's creator Frank Miller, but I have to admit it's pretty darn effective and I really hope that this gets developed further, without meddling from studio bosses, who will no doubt find another amazing way of screwing up, something potentially great.
Over at "the collider" is an exclusive interview with Tancharoen, for those who want to know more, check it out here
Your thoughts please