Last summer the internet was buzzing with the possibility of a new feature film based on the video game Mortal Kombat. The last installment in the franchise debuted in 1997 under the title Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. It’s been over 10 years since its release and people are still hungry for a follow up. Back in June, Kevin Tancharoen directed a video treatment called Mortal Kombat Rebirth, which got over 10 million views on YouTube. The short caught the attention of Warner Bros, who’ve decided to give the property another shot.

Instead of a feature film sequel, the studio will release the new Mortal Kombat as a series. Here’s the breakdown from the press release.

Available this spring through online digital retailers from Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, the “Mortal Kombat” digital series is an anthology of multiple live action shorts, each providing never-before-revealed insights into characters featured in the upcoming videogame as well as the game’s universe. Additional details, including casting, will be announced in the coming weeks.

The latest iteration of the award-winning videogame, Mortal Kombat marks a triumphant return to the series’ mature presentation and a reinvention of its classic 2D fighting mechanic. Driven by an all new graphics engine, the fan favorite Fatality is back and presented in more gory detail than ever before. In addition, Mortal Kombat introduces a number of new game-play features including tag team and a deep story mode. Mortal Kombat is being developed by NetherRealm Studios, led by “Mortal Kombat” creator and creative director Ed Boon.

Fatalities. That was the one thing that caught our attention when the Mortal Kombat game first came out. They’re battles didn’t end with finishing moves, they ended with “Fatalities.” We also love how they’re returning to the more gruesome content and not sticking with the PG-13 material we were subjected to the first time around.

In case you missed that famous short that Tancharoen directed you can watch it right here…

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What do you think of the new and improved Mortal Kombat?

Source: Coming Soon