Mortal Kombat: Rebirth Leaked Early

The trailer's director details his incompetence with YouTube and how it lead to us seeing the short early.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris

Mortal Kombat: Rebirth Leaked Early

Remember the awesome Mortal Kombat short film directed by Kevin Tancharoen that released last year? Yea, it turns out we all saw it way earlier than intended.

During an interview with Gamasutra, director Kevin Tancharoen admitted that his re-imagining of the Mortal Kombat franchise — which was to be used as a pitch to Warner Bros. for a new MK film reboot — was not supposed to see the light of day when it did, as far as the public is concerned.

Tancharoen originally uploaded the short film to YouTube for private eyes only. Tancharoen’s intentions where to have a close friend view the movie and provide feedback. However, Tancharoen forgot to check the privacy settings when uploading the video, and the rest is history.

“I am not the most technically savvy YouTube person,” said Tancharoen. “What came out wasn’t the final product in my mind. I wasn’t done yet."

"It was still in its rough phase, but I couldn’t send a 2GB file over email, so my friend said I could create a private page on YouTube and sent it to him to review. It turns out it wasn’t that private.”

Luckily, the Mortal Kombat film blew up the internet, scoring over 5 million views and serious attention from Warner. And while Tancharoen’s short did not secure him a shot at directing a new Mortal Kombat feature film with his new character revisions, he was tapped to shoot a series of webisodes highlighting the characters of his universe. Tancharoen is also working with Mortal Kombat series creator Ed Boon on the shorts, a truly geek out moment for the long-time MK fan.

“We’re working together hand in hand,” Tancharoen says. “I’ve got to admit, I had a little fanboy geek moment when I met him. I flashed back to when I was 12 or 13 and played the first game and was obsessed with it. … He was very, very happy with the short. He knows it took liberties with the universe of Mortal Kombat, but was okay with that. It blows my mind.”

As of right now there are nine episodes planned for the Mortal Kombat web-series. Filming will be done in Vancouver, starting this February. But Tancharoen’s not done with MK until he sees a feature length Mortal Kombat film with his name credited as the director.

“The bigger thing for me, of course, is I want to translate this to a feature,” he says. “I would love to tell the stories that lead the character up to a certain point, then have them merge together in a big 3D movie.”

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