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Director Kevin Tancharoen was instrumental in reviving interest in a live-action adaptation of the video game series Mortal Kombat. His test film, Mortal Kombat Rebirth, was a grittier take on the material than the 1995 adaptation, and when the footage when viral it eventually led to the Mortal Kombat: Legacy webseries. In 2011, New Line Cinema hired Tancharoen to direct a new MK feature film, but that was made somewhat difficult by the rights being in legal limbo. If a Mortal Kombat film reboot ever does get off the ground, it will be without Tancharoen. Today, he tweeted, "After 3 years of Kombat,I've decided to move on to other creative opportunities. I wish everyone involved in the movie big success. Thanks!" It's always a bummer to see someone who's so passionate about a project decide that he has to move on, but we wish him the best in his future endeavors. As for Kombat fans, please applaud us for not using the word "Fatality" in our headline.
The trailer for Glee: The 3D Concert Movie is now available online and it looks pretty much like I expected: Justin Bieber: Never Say Never with the cast of Glee substituted in. Directed by Kevin Tancharoen (Fame), the film will feature such iTunes friendly covers as: "Don't Stop Believin'", "I'm a Slave 4 U," "Raise Your Glass," "Teenage Dream," and "Lucky." The pic also throws some original songs into the mix in the form of "Loser Like Me" and "Hell to the No!" (news which, I assume, means something to fans of the series). Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Featuring series stars such as Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Dianna Agron, and Cory Monteith, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie opens its two-week theatrical engagement on August 12th. Here's the trailer [from Apple]:
Just before director Kevin Tancharoen’s Mortal Kombat: Legacy nine-part web series premiered, I got to sit down with him to talk about how the project came together. At the time, I hadn't seen any of the episodes, so my questions were more general than specific. However, we still discussed the level of violence in the shorts, what rules and regulations did he have to deal with, what Easter Eggs should fans look out for, do the episodes all tie together (they do), and if he's able to make a Mortal Kombat feature film…what would the rating be. Hit the jump to watch. Finally, for all our previous Mortal Kombat: Legacy coverage, click here. Kevin Tancharoen What is his go-to karaoke song? 1:04 Talks about how quickly everything came together. Shot the film in 18 days, and it’s 90 minutes long. Wrote the script very quickly with Aaron and Todd Helbin who wrote on TV show Spartacus. 1:52 Says the violence factor of Legacy will be the same as Rebirth 2:12 Talks about special moves and fatalities. Says they will show how Kato got his eye knocked out and got his faceplate put in, and how Jaxx got his metal arms. 3:07 What rules and regulations did he have to deal with? Says a lot of it was on him, and they were able to break from Mortal Kombat canon when they felt it was right. 3:55 Talks about the differences between the shorts. Some have more action and some have more story, but all of them have at ...
With Warner Premiere’s nine part Mortal Kombat live–action digital series premiering today (a new episode will launch every week), the studio held a press junket yesterday in Beverly Hills and I got to speak with Jeri Ryan, Michael Jai White, director Kevin Tancharoen and game creator Ed Boom. As most of you know, Tancharoen and the same cast filmed Mortal Kombat: Rebirth last year and the success of the short led Warner Premiere to offer Tancharoen the job helming the new series Mortal Kombat: Legacy. While the short film was a tease at what Tancharoen wanted to do with a feature, the web series is being released in conjunction with the new Mortal Kombat video game and it’s goal is to offer gamers the history of the warriors they know and love. Obviously if the new series is a success, I’m sure we’ll get more installments. But I’m still hoping that Tancharoen will get the keys to a hard R feature… During my interview with White we talked about how the project came together and the reaction to the short film, how much freedom they had making the web series, the action scenes, what was it like to direct Never Back Down 2, what's up with Black Dynamite and a sequel, and, of course, I asked what's his karaoke song. Hit the jump to watch. Finally, if you missed my video interview with Jeri Ryan you can watch it here. And here's all our Mortal Kombat coverage. Michael Jai White What's his karaoke song How did ...
With Warner Premiere's Mortal Kombat live–action digital series premiering tomorrow on Machinima.com (a new episode will launch every week), the studio held a press junket today in Beverly Hills and I got to speak with Jeri Ryan, Michael Jai White, director Kevin Tancharoen and game creator Ed Boom. As most of you know, Tancharoen and the same cast filmed Mortal Kombat: Rebirth last year and the success of the short led Warner Premiere to offer Tancharoen the job helming the new live-action web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy. While the short film was a tease at what Tancharoen wanted to do with a feature, the web series is being released in conjunction with the new Mortal Kombat video game and it's goal is to offer gamers the history of the warriors they know and love. Obviously if the new series is a success, I'm sure we'll get more installments. But I'm still hoping that Tancharoen will get the keys to a hard R feature… Anyway, during my interview with Ryan we talked about how she got involved in the project, what was it like to film all the action, is she signed for more Mortal Kombat series or even a feature, and we talked about Body of Proof on ABC and what's her karaoke song. Hit the jump to watch. For all of our previous Mortal Kombat coverage, click here. Jeri Ryan What's her karaoke song :50 How did she first get involved in the project 2:05 Does she do a lot of action in the series 2:20 How ...