After months of teasing from co-creator Ed Boon, a new instalment in the long-running Mortal Kombat series was officially announced earlier this year. More recently, we learned that the game would receive a prequel comic — but it seems that’s not the only tie-in that’s in the works.
An as-yet-untitled web series will be one of the first projects to be developed by a new digital production unit called ‘Blue Ribbon Content’. No release date has been mentioned, but given that it’s intended to be linked with the upcoming Mortal Kombat X, it’s unlikely that it will be too far removed from the game’s 2015 release.
Mortal Kombat was previously adapted as two feature films, an animated series and a live action television show across the 1990s — yielding wholly mixed results. This was followed by a well-received short film released in 2010, entitled Mortal Kombat: Rebirth.
A video game reboot of the series was released to widespread acclaim in 2011, which prompted an increase in interest in the series which allowed Rebirth to be spun off into two seasons of a web series subtitled Legacy. That series laid the foundation for this new project, but it’s probable that the ‘Blue Ribbon Content’ effort will be quite different.
Legacy adopted a much more grounded tone than the games it was adapting — albeit while maintaining the same levels of violence that the series became famous for. Since the new web series will be a tie-in, however, it follows that it will be a closer adaptation of the series in its current form.
Everything that we’ve seen of Mortal Kombat X so far has been very promising, and it seems like the series is once again is good health. The 2000s were not kind to Kombat fans, with middling releases struggling to live up to the highs of the 1990s. Mortal Kombat remedied that in 2011, and Mortal Kombat X looks set to continue that momentum.
This new web series could play an integral part in further broadening the series’ horizons — and it will undoubtedly renew calls for a movie adaptation. While the 1995 film was something of a cheese-fest, it was still a very entertaining take on the series’ mythos — and it and Legacy will both be measuring sticks that this project will be compared to.
Mortal Kombat X is set for release in April 2015 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC.
Source: Screen Rant