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What Is Mortal Kombat: Legacy?
Mortal Kombat: Legacy is an American web series that debuted on Machinima.com's YouTube channel on April 11, 2011. The show is an adaptation of the fictional universe of the Mortal Kombat video game franchise. The show's premise originated with director Kevin Tancharoen's short film entitled Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, portraying the original game's story in a realistic way, a concept he eventually submitted to Warner Bros. seeking the green-light for production on a re-imagined Mortal Kombat film. Warner Bros. refused to back the film, despite the attention and positive fan reception, but Tancharoen did receive the go-ahead to shoot the web series.
Mortal Kombat: Legacy takes place before the events of the first tournament and tells the background stories of several characters from the franchise, culminating in their reasons for participating in the upcoming tenth Mortal Kombat tournament, on which the first game was based.
On June 8, 2010, Mortal Kombat: Rebirth surfaced on YouTube amid confusion about its origins and intentions. Written, directed and edited by Kevin Tancharoen with friends and colleagues donating time, the short film was made without studio involvement on a $7,500 budget, filmed over a weekend, and completed in two months to show Warner Bros. Tancharoen's vision of a re-imagined Mortal Kombat film. Before submitting it to Warner Bros., he intended to privately upload the short to YouTube to gauge the response of a colleague, but he accidentally made it available to the general public, who quickly voiced an overwhelmingly positive response.
With the favorable fan reception, Tancharoen met with Warner Bros. executives, who stopped short of green-lighting a motion picture, but agreed to fund a web series based on the Mortal Kombat franchise. The final step was convincing Ed Boon, co-creator of the franchise and current executive producer at NetherRealm Studios, who just produced the latest video game installment, to agree to the series. Boon was impressed with Mortal Kombat: Rebirth but not entirely sold on Tancharoen's re-imagined vision. After he met with Tancharoen, Boon was surprised by his enthusiasm for the franchise and quickly came on board.
Mortal Kombat: Legacy is produced by Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Warner Premiere. Kevin Tancharoen, Lance Sloane and Tim Carter serve as producers. It consists of ten 9-12 minute episodes, each written by Tancharoen and Spartacus: Blood and Sand writers Todd Helbing and Aaron Helbing, with Tancharoen directing. Larnell Stovall, who worked with Tancharoen on Rebirth, is the stunt coordinator. The series was filmed in Vancouver in February and March, with Tancharoen tweeting daily updates of their progress. Post-production began in March and continues alongside release. Visual effects are being handled by Goldtooth Creative Agency.
Mortal Kombat: Rebirth
Episode 1: Jax, Sonya, & Kano Part 1
Episode 2: Jax, Sonya, & Kano Part 2
Episode 3: Johnny Cage
Episode 4: Kitana and Mileena Part 1
Episode 5: Kitana and Mileena Part 2
Episode 6: Raiden
Episode 7: Scorpion and Sub-Zero Part 1
Episode 8: Scorpion and Sub-Zero Part 2
Episode 9: Sektor and Cyrax