If This Is The Next Mortal Kombat, Sign Us Up [Update]

Michael Jai White as Jax? Jeri Ryan as Sonya Blade? Baraka and Reptile as homicidal maniacs? This footage from what looks to be the next Mortal Kombat game or movie trailer is brutal, disgusting, and perfect.


Reader Kev directed us to this video, featuring a realistic new take on the Mortal Kombat franchise that has more in common with movies like suspense and horror films like Seven and Saw than anything resembling the campy video game to film adaptations we've seen in the past.

Last we heard, Warner Bros. was looking to reboot the film franchise. If this is the fruit of that effort, we approve wholeheartedly.

More likely this could be a live-action trailer for the next game. Either way, we approve.

Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has indicated that the next game in the series would be shooting for an M rating. "People want an M-rated MK....dammit we will give them an M-rated MK." This would surely do the trick.


This is way too much star power for a fan project. We're digging around for more information. Considering the timing of this trailer, however, we expect we might hear more as E3 quickly approaches.

Now, help us figure out who all is appearing in this clip.

Update: Actress Jeri Ryan, the actress portraying Sonya Blade in the video, has confirmed via Twitter that this is a short film created by a director to sell Warner Bros. on his Mortal Kombat pitch. "It's not a game trailer. Actually was made for the director to sell WB on his vision for a reimagined MK film," Ryan says on her Twitter page, adding " I did it as a favor to a friend. No idea yet what WB's reaction to it was." Thanks to Zimnick for pointing us towards Jeri's updates!



This isn't a movie.

I... it's hard to explain, but this can't be a movie. There is no way anybody shoots this much footage to *promote* a movie, when the footage itself is not part of the movie.

And this isn't part of the movie. Nobody spends that much time on exposition in a single scene. That big chunk of monologuing would have never survived any amount of development.

Also, the lighting, the set dressing, the subtle hints of video, lo-def post-processing... I'd bet money on this not being related to any film property.

This looks, feels and sounds like long form advertisement, one of those high production value shorts you get made on game projects. Barring that, a mock trailer you make to actually try to get a project greenlit, but it doesn't really feel like one of those, either.

So, assuming this is a viral for a new game... really? That much of a reboot? No supernatural elements, everybody is a cop or a serial killer? I'm intrigued, although my inner teenage boy is kind of angry right now.

A third option, I'm thinking, is that this is actually video material for the *game* itself. It does feel like the intro to a FMV-based game. That would be an interesting return to roots, if either the game or the game's cutscenes used real actors instead of CG. I think I like this idea best.

Still nostalgically annoyed that whatever it is, it's not Z-grade action fantasy.