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Mortal Kombat video chap has film vision

"This is just a prelude," says Tancharoen.

The director of the live-action Mortal Kombat short that had the internet all aflutter earlier this week has said it was shot in two days - and that he has a vision for a proper film based on the beat-'em-up material.

Kevin Tancharoen is best known for directing music videos and the 2009 version of Fame, but he told movie site Collider (thanks Kotaku) that his original loves were karate, comic books and videogames.

"It took over a two-month span of time," he said of the short (watch it below), in which Jax and Sonya Blade are seen interrogating Scorpion about a recent spate of killings. "I shot this whole thing in two days on two Red cameras that were donated to me with a group of friends who all believed in the cause...

"I know that there's definitely a handful of purists that have their opinions on the mysticism and the mythos of Mortal Kombat. But I do have an answer for that: this is just a prelude to what my movie version would be," he continued.

"Now, in a movie version, I am going to have that mysticism there, but it has to be done in a very tasteful way. I wouldn't like it too campy or too cheesy. I know this is a weird analogy, but it's the best one I can think of right now. It's kind of like when in Harry Potter, there's two universes that coexist with each other.

"There's the real world, and then you get on the train and then you go to Hogwart's, and that's where all the magic is. It was actually kind of similar in the first Mortal Kombat, too. They had to get on the ship and go to the island, and that's where all the crazy stuff happened."

Yesterday Jeri Ryan, who played Sonya in the short, explained that it was "made for the director to sell [rights-holder Warner Bros.] on his vision for a re-imagined MK film".

The short video Tancharoen and friends put together. Get over here.
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