Sept. 26, 2013 | 1:01 p.m.
“Mortal Kombat Legacy 2,” the sequel to the popular Machinima Web series, launched Thursday with a very different take on one of the franchise’s beloved characters, Liu Kang. The formerly well-meaning monk has taken a turn toward the dark side in Kevin Tancharoen’s newly envisioned tale, and actor Brian Tee appreciates the sinister twist (to watch him in action, check out the first episode in the new season below). Hero Complex recently caught up with Tee to get his insight into the character and what it took to bring him to life. HC: When did you first get into “Mortal Kombat”? BT: I grew up playing “Mortal Kombat” as a kid. I was always a fan of the video game. Saw the movies as a kid as well. When I found that YouTube video of Kevin’s updating “Mortal Kombat,” it […]
Sept. 24, 2013 | 5:29 p.m.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s” Maurissa Tancharoen isn’t the only one in her family with a new creative venture premiering this week. On Thursday, her brother Kevin Tancharoen is set to debut “Mortal Kombat Legacy 2,” the sequel to the video game-inspired Web series that launched in 2011 on the Machinima YouTube channel and has had more than 70 million views. This time, though, the series will be released in its entirety rather than rolling out in episodic installments — Kevin Tancharoen noted that binge-viewing habits have changed even the way Web series creators think about launching new projects. Hero Complex caught up with Tancharoen, whose original self-made short film spawned the Web series and an upcoming feature, to talk a bit more about what to expect from the new episodes and the big-screen version he’s planning. HC: So, this time […]
Aug. 17, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
“The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,” the fifth game in Bethesda Game Studios’ Elder Scrolls series, is the latest release to receive the fan film treatment on the gaming and media streaming website Machinima. The live-action short “Skyrim: Into the Void” was created by Machinima partner Warialasky, who also created films based on the games “Goldeneye” and “Splinter Cell.” It follows the noble dragonborn hero Dovahkiin, who saves the world from destruction only to be cursed by a vampire in the process. Hero Complex spoke to Warialasky partner Landon Sperry about “death eater technology,” working with Machinima and fan reaction to changes from the original text. HC: Before doing the movie, what was your Skyrim experience? LS: Originally, I played the game a couple of months after it launched. People were saying “It’s like ‘Lord of the Rings!’ It’s the coolest […]
Feb. 18, 2013 | 6:37 p.m.
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 […]
Sept. 30, 2011 | 1:03 p.m.
Kevin Tancharoen didn’t originally intend for the world to see his “Mortal Kombat” work. The 27-year-old director of “Fame” and “Glee: The 3D Concert Movie” made an eight-minute video last year called “Mortal Kombat: Rebirth” that featured a new, grittier setting and origins for characters from the 19-year-old video game fighting series. His intention was to show the short to executives at Warner Bros. and its label New Line Cinema and demonstrate that despite his background in choreography and directing the unsuccessful 2009 remake of “Fame,” he was the right choice to bring Mortal Kombat back to the big screen after a 14-year absence. However, a YouTube snafu resulted in “Rebirth” being posted publicly on the site, where it garnered millions of views thanks in part to supportive tweets from celebrities such as “The Guild” creator Felicia Day, who, like […]