I was making my rounds through the internet today when I came across something that took me back to one of my fondest childhood memories.  I can scarcely recall a time when I felt as happy.  One summer afternoon when I was around nine or ten years old, my dad and I sat in the living room.  It was one of those warm lazy days in late August where you can't really do much other than sit around. Dad was sitting on the coffee table, I was sitting on the floor, and Mom was in the kitchen making us all big bowls of ice cream!

Dad looked down at me sitting criss-cross applesauce on the floor below him and smiled like a happy, proud father. I looked up at him, smiling, and noticed the break in his focus, so I kicked him in the face. There was so much blood that I started laughing.  He got up off the ground, seemingly unphased.  With reptile-like agility, he ran up to me and gave me an uppercut so hard that my feet virtually left the ground.  I recovered quickly and noticed that Pops had backed himself against the wall.  Taking into account that he had nowhere to go, I gave him a series of sweep kicks (it was almost unfair) until it was time to finish him.  While he stood there dazed, I walked up to him and tore his head and spinal column clean out of his body.

"Dad! I did it! I tore your head off! Mom, come look at Dad's headless body!" I yelled with youthful glee.

"Wow! Great job, Bud. Look, his body is still standing without the head! Oh, nope there it goes." said Mom.

"This is bullsh--...this is B.S. He's nine years old! How does he keep beating me?" Asked Dad.

And that is the story of my first Mortal Kombat Fatality.

So, what prompted this blood soaked trip down memory lane? Today a trailer pertaining to a Mortal Kombat project appeared on Youtube, and I've got to say I'm pretty damn intrigued.  There has been a little talk of a Mortal Kombat movie project floating around, so this could be the real deal. Take a look:

Yes, that was Michael Jai White (Spawn, The Dark Knight) and Jeri Ryan (Star Trek Voyager, Dracula 2000) as captain Jackson Briggs and Sonya Blade, respectively.  That is some high quality production for a video game trailer.  It could easily be a ploy to generate hype for a new movie.  Taking the mystical elements out of the storyline is defintely a way to appeal to viewers who have hopped on the "gritty reality" bandwagon.  It reminded me a lot of The Joker graphic novel by Brian Azzarello, with Killer Croc having a skin disorder similar to what Reptile had in the video.

But, I also read a while back that the minds behind the MK video game were looking for a way to reboot the franchise, so this may be it.  We've seen some very high quality short videos associated with video games in the past; Niell Blomkamp's Halo featurettes and the recent Call of Duty: Modern Warefare videos. It's possible that fans are being prepped for a revamped Mortal Kombat videogame franchise.

Personally,I'm more inclined to think that it's for a game, but I would be happy if it were either.  I enjoyed the first Mortal Kombat film, but the second was so awful that I almost retired my Nintendo.  It would be great if they could create a legit movie using a video game concept (for once).  But, I also want to freeze someone and break them into little pieces like I did back in the good old days.

What did you think of the video? Do you want an Mk movie or a game? Or would you be happier with neither?


Source:  Screenrant
Don't Touch My Drumset
6/10/2010 01:20:09 am

I think it's for a movie. The production quality seems too high not to be. Although the production quality on some of those other vignettes you mentioned were high and never came to fruition. You would think that with all of this viral buzz there'd be something on IMDB though but so far nothing. :(

Don't Touch My Drumset
6/10/2010 04:37:41 am

So it looks like a game reboot under Warner Bros. This explains the production value - http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gamehunters/post/2010/06/warner-bros-bringing-back-mortal-kombat/1

6/10/2010 07:38:04 am

I'm leaning toward video game reboot on this one. the production qualities are good but not quite what you would expect from a feature film. the fight scene between baracka and johnny cage was lazily rendered at best. I also can't see any studio releasing a movie trailer this early in development that gives away so much of the plot. killing off johnny cage, a much loved protagonist from previous installments, in our first glimpse of the movie is definitely overkill for a sneak peak. This trend of releasing high quality live action trailers to build hype for games has become a very prevalent marketing tool. mirrors edge, resident evil, and assassins creed, to add to your mentions above, all released high quality live action videos promoting the games. it seems closely related to the recently growing industry of viral marketing. and by growing i mean exponentially. These guerrilla advertising tactics, seemingly perfected and made credible by the insane buzz surrounding the release of the dark knight, have been "popping up" around the net faster than male enhancement. with the introduction of pseudo gotham newspapers and online easter egg hunts, as well as interview videos starring anthony michael hall, which made their way onto comcasts on demand feature, the trend of viral marketing seems to be the go to way to advertise anything to our generation of mouse clicks, viral videos and all around abundant screen watching.


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