Director Kevin Tancharoen has re-teamed with Machinima to continue the “Mortal Kombat” storyline with “Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2,” a second season of the video game-inspired Web series that launched in 2011 on the Youtube channel and had more than 60 million views. The director, who first started the onscreen “Mortal Kombat” revival with his “Rebirth” short, is also developing a full-length feature.
But before that hits screens, Season 2 of the “Legacy” Web series will launch. The trailer — which premiered online and at the 3rd Streamy Awards — says only that it is “koming soon,” so we’re left to wonder as to when exactly. But here’s what we know: The story involves a realm known as Outworld that sends its warriors to fight against the best warriors of the Earthrealm (ours) in a fight to the death. After winning 10 of these Mortal Kombat tournaments, one realm is allowed to conquer the other.
The first season introduced such characters as Jax (Michael Jai White), Sonya Blade (Jeri Ryan), Lt. Kurtis Stryker (Tahmoh Penikett), Kano (Darren Shahlavi) and many other characters from the game, but not all. From the trailer, Season 2 promises to unveil other favorites, such as Liu Kang (Brian Tee) and Kung Lao (Mark Dacascos), while also adding new actors to play old characters. Most notably, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, who reprises his role in the “Mortal Kombat” movies as the sorcerer Shang Tsung, and Casper Van Diem, who joins as martial arts movie star Johnny Cage.
The original “Mortal Kombat” film launched in 1995 and was directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. The film, with its slow-motion fight scenes and sometimes hokey effects, spawned a sequel, “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation” in 1997.
The series is produced by Lance Sloane (“Act of Valor”) and director Tancharoen.
— Jevon Phillips
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