Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Calling It: The New 'Mortal Kombat' Trailer Isn't a Movie. UPDATE: I Might Be Wrong.

UPDATE: CHUD claims this is, in fact, for a movie. From their report:

Cat's out of the bag. This is for the movie, and it comes from the mind of genius fight choreographer Larnell Stovall. He's the guy who did the fights for the excellent Undisputed 3: Redemption, on DVD and Blu-Ray right now. I hope that this movie gets made with Larnell plotting the punches, because this guy isn't just a geek like us, he's also got an incredible skill and ambition to create the next generation of fight choreography.
Even with the pedigree, I'm still skeptical. Let's see what happens.

My original post:
I hate to be the one to break it to the world, but the video that appears to be of a "gritty, dark" reboot of the cheeseball Mortal Kombat movies (yes, the ones based on the video game) featuring Michael Jai White and Jeri Ryan (as Jax and Sonya Blade, respectively) is for... a video game.

This turned up on Buzzfeed, via The High Definite:

(WARNING: this video is a little grisly and features, err, a "harlequin baby.")

Debunking and a brief history lesson after the jump.

In checking IMDB, one finds but a single upcoming entry for the franchise: Mortal Kombat 9, slated for release in 2010.

This looks to be a teaser timed to premiere just before the E3 conference, as reported elsewhere. (WARNING: The link has the "harlequin baby" in its embedded video- be prepared.)While this may disappoint some who are excited for a film that calls back to the game's ultra-violent, ultra-controversial roots, it does do a fine job of attracting a tremendous attention to the upcoming release.

For those of you who don't recall the '90s, the Mortal Kombat, a brief (though outdated) recap can be found at G4's website, the most historically significant portion being this:

In 1993, Senators Joe Lieberman and Herb Kohl publicly denounce Mortal Kombat for its use of gore and violence; the Electronics Software Ratings Board is formed as a result.

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