The Mortal Kombat spec short that appeared online, seemingly out of nowhere, makes a little bit more sense now. However, Bloody Disgusting has the tip on exactly what it was and where it will go. Apparently, that bad-ass short was a primer for a 10-episode web series that is scheduled to start filming in Vancouver in February. Vancouver’s beautiful in late winter, so at the very least the cast and crew will get to enjoy some Yukon beauty.
The spec short was made for $7,500, with much of the cast and crew’s time donated to the cause. Michael Jai White will be continuing his character from the spec throughout the series. As disposable as most video game film franchises are, especially those from a concept that peaked in popularity in 1994, the spec job looked pretty amazing, so bring on the webisodes. As for the R-rated feature reboot, it’s unclear how this project will affect that development, if at all. The cast of characters is expected to include Shang Tsung, Liu Kang, Sub Zero, Durak, Kabal, Kitana/Mileena, and Scorpion. If you have no idea who these people are, ask your 11 year-old self. I’m sure he remembers. Cross your fingers that the producers go overbudget by getting a little overzealous with wanton use of ripped-out spines.