Today a mysterious new shot film tied into the Mortal Kombat video game franchise was released. Titled "Mortal Kombat Rebirth", it isn’t clear if this is related to a new video game, or to a possible Mortal Kombat film. One thing is clear, the video features former Voyager Borg Babe Jeri Ryan as a famous MK character. [UPDATE: Ryan Tweets About Video]
Jeri Ryan as Sonya Blade in Mortal Combat viral video
This new video showed up today (in HD) on a YouTube Channel titled "Mortal Kombat Rebrith".
"Mortal Kombat" is a series of popular video games spanning back to 1992. The latest game ("Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe") was released in 2008 for PS3 and XBox 360, with Mortal Kombat 9 currently in development. In the nineties there were two MK feature films, a live action TV show and an animated TV series. A new feature film is also reportedly in development. The above video features classic Mortal Kombat characters, including Jax, Baraka, and Reptile. Jeri Ryan is playing the MK’s first female character Sonya Blade.
Sonya Blades (clockwise TL): Bridgette Wilson (Mortal Kombat), digital Sonya in MK vs DC, Jeri Ryan and Sandra Hess (Mortal Kombat Annihilation)
What isn’t clear is what this new video is for. Speculation is focusing on it probably being linked to the next game, but possibly for a movie. As gaming site Kotaku notes:
Last we heard, Warner Bros. was looking to reboot the film franchise. If this is the fruit of that effort, we approve wholeheartedly.
More likely this could be a live-action trailer for the next game. Either way, we approve.
UPDATE: Ryan says it is a proof to sell film to WB
On Tuesday night Jeri Ryan sent out a few tweets via (@JeriLRyan) about 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.
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…
to push them to make it. But you guys are resourceful…! ;-)
Thanks to Jason King for the tip