Jeri appeared as Sonya Blade in a video clip, quoted from her Twitter, “made for the director to sell WB on his vision for a reimagined MK film” and that she “did it as a favor to a friend”.
|The Internet exploded yesterday when a trailer purporting to be for something called Mortal Kombat: Rebirth was uploaded to YouTube. Casting The Dark Knight’s Michael Jai White as Jax and Star Trek: Voyager’s Jeri Ryan as Sonya Blade, the nearly eight-minute clip featured a very dark and gritty take on the fighting franchise. It was also made of pure awesome.
But according to Ms. Seven of Nine (via her Twitter account), it wasn’t a live-action trailer for Mortal Kombat 9 or a first look at a new MK movie. Instead, it was an independent production from director Kevin Tancharoen (he did last year’s Fame remake) to pitch Warner Bros. on his vision of a new Mortal Kombat film.
(Note to Warner Bros. executives: Hire this man!)
Here’s what Ryan had to say about it in a series of tweets:
# “WOW. I see it’s been an interesting day while I was on set without internet access!”
# “Okay, so… Mortal Kombat.”
# “It’s not a game trailer. Actually was made for the director to sell WB on his vision for a reimagined MK film.”
# “More MK FAQs: I did it as a favor to a friend. No idea yet what WB’s reaction to it was. And I’m not sure how you can contact WB…”
# “…(cont.) to push them to make it. But you guys are resourceful…! “
Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon didn’t have much to say on his Twitter account yesterday, but this tweet was made almost directly after the Rebirth clip began making the rounds: “So, um…….whats new?”
Congratulations to the cast and crew that created Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, you’ve left Ed Boon practically speechless.
Warner Bros. has yet to comment, but once again I suggest they hire Tancharoen to direct the planned third Mortal Kombat movie as the man clearly knows what he’s doing.
You can see the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_MqZn7E-mk There’s several quality variations to choose from – if your machine can handle it, be sure to select the 1080p or 720p version for viewing; it looks pretty awesome in HD!
HD screencaps from the video clip are up in the gallery, here’s a few samples: