For years, people have been trying to get a third Mortal Kombat movie off the ground, and yet for obvious reasons, it never came to pass. The terrible Mortal Kombat: Annihilation basically ensured that another sequel would never see the light of day, but when Warner Brothers picked up the rights to the franchise last year, we started to hear plans about a possible reboot. Now, this week, it looks like we may have our first real proof of said reboot in the form of a short film / promo trailer that has mysteriously found its way online. Did I mention that it happens to star Michael Jai White (Black Dynamite) as Jax and Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager) as Sonya Blade?
Here’s the thing: no one seems to be too sure what this is or where it came from. It’s possible that it’s just some sort of viral promo for a new video game, but CHUD claims to have the inside scoop that it is, in fact, related to a new movie, and that fight choreographer Larnell Stovall (Undisputed III: Redemption) was involved. Either way, it’s pretty clear that this is not just a fan creation, and even though it’s pretty over the top with how dark and gritty it’s trying to be, the idea of making Mortal Kombat somehow more “realistic” is intriguing. Everyone is anticipating a big announcement at E3 next week, but until then, feel free to speculate about what this is or what you hope it will be in the comments below. Check out the trailer after the jump.
Update: According to RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, this short was directed by Kevin Tancharoen (Fame).