“GET OVER HERE!” Sound familiar? That would be Scorpion, from the Mortal Kombat franchise.
For video game fans everywhere, this new web series will definitely catch your attention, already generating more than 1.8 million just on YouTube for its trailer.
If you’ve ever owned a game system, you're aware of the Mortal Kombat series. From a SNES (Super Nintendo) game in 1993 to all video game platforms today, and even movies, this brand has come a long way.
Its first few movies were terrible, as some often are, because of the adaptation from video game to movie, with an “it's so bad it's funny” effect to them. Now, its new web series, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, is trending — for good reason. It boasts a compelling story, great cast (including Michael Jai White and Jeri Ryan) and impressive special effects.
The back story: a trailer for a Mortal Kombat reboot — Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, by Kevin Tancharoen — hit the internet. The teaser/trailer was a pitch to Warner to relaunch the series, but with a realism that past Mortal Kombat movies never really had, adding a darker tone for moody, dramatic effect.
This trailer was met with much fan acclaim, although it was left in the dark for quite some time. Warner was interested enough to commission Tancharoen, with Machinima.com, to produce the first ever Mortal Kombat live action web series. The first episode was posted online on April 11th, and already boasts more than 1.8 million views.
For a web series, I must say this is one of the best I’ve ever come across. The acting, special effects, story, and quality of footage are better than any I’ve seen on the web. This also serves as a cross promotion for Mortal Kombat: Legacy, which will hit stores April 19.
Mortal Kombat is a giant. It has been around since the early 90s, and has no sign of dying out or fading away like other games, such as Super Mario, have done.
To start from video game, evolve to movie, still be a videogame, and now evolve to a web series (which IGN's reviewer praises as "one of the best-looking, most elegantly produced" such efforts) from a fan-made teaser is no mean feat.
This franchise (and the Mortal Kombat brand) clearly isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.