News Archive - September, 2011
Mortal Kombat Movie Announced - Set for Release in 2013!
TANCHAROEN DIRECTS!

It all began with that infamous Mortal Kombat: Rebirth trailer, which was intended as a proof-of-concept and pitch to Warner Bros. by film director and choreographer, Kevin Tancharoen which become the catalyst for the widely acclaimed Mortal Kombat: Legacy digital series, which garnered just over 60 million unique views over on YouTube collectively.

Mock Poster


Now, The Hollywood Reporter has announced that a full-length feature film for Mortal Kombat is currently in development with a release window of 2013 under the film giant - New Line Cinema who have given Kevin the green-light to begin the films development.

"Mortal Kombat is heading back to the big-screen.

New Line is hiring the filmmakers of the popular Mortal Kombat digital series, made earlier this year by corporate sibling Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, to take on a new adaptation of the classic 1990s fighting game.

The short was viewed more than 10 million times on YouTube, and although no movie deal materialized, he was asked to direct the 10-episode web series, which debuted in April, attracting more than 15 million unique visitors.

Off that success, Warners and New Line execs thought it was time to try to revisit a big-screen effort. (New Line made a Mortal Kombat movie in 1995, which grossed more than $70 million domestically and helped launch a directing career for Paul W. S. Anderson. A follow-up movie in 1997, however, fizzled.)

Uziel is returning to write the new movie, which is still in the development stages. There is no actor attached and the new story will not serve as an extension of the game or digital series.

Dave Neustadter and Walter Hamada are overseeing for New Line."

Whilst there are no actors currently attached, it'd possibly be a relatively safe bet to anticipate some cast members to return from the Legacy series. Oren Uziel who was enlisted to write for Legacy, has been confirmed to pen the upcoming feature film.

ComingSoon.net had the chance to feature an extensive and interesting interview with Kevin Tancharoen in which he shares his views and excitement concerning the news. To check out what Tancharoen had to reveal and confirm about the next MK movie, check out his interview at ComingSoon.net.

Check out these different articles regarding the announcement of this film:

What Gamespot has to say.

What IGN has to say

What Joystick has to say.

What EW has to say

What Daily Hollywood has to say.

What MovieLine has to say

What EuroGamer has to say.

What 1up has to say

What CVG has to say.

What Kotaku has to say.

Special thanks to forum members UltimateRyu, MINION, kabal20, GoroStillLives, wite and daryui for submitting in the News Lead concerning this article!

More news on this exciting development as it becomes available. Until then, keep up to date with all things concerning the Mortal Kombat Movie by following us over in the realm of Twitter at @MK_Online or by liking us over in the realm that is our Facebook Page.

Think you've got a news story? Send your submissions to our MKO Newslead.

New Gameplay Patch released for Mortal Kombat (2011)

NetherRealm Studios released a New Patch for Mortal Kombat (2011) in order to address, fix, and tweak specific gameplay issues.

NRS' team member, Paulo Garcia, has updated an Official List detailing the fifth's patch updates:

Click here to read the full report and updated list.

Special thanks to forum member Nephrite and -MtG- for giving us the heads-up concerning the News Lead on this article!

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MKO Exclusive: Syco Collectibles First-Look Preview Blowout and More! - Part III
Character Reveals, Another Interview, Exclusive MKO Statue and Discounts, etc!

At the beginning of the summer, Mortal Kombat Online was proud to announce it's affiliation with Syco Collectibles - a specialty manufacturer in licensed and proprietary collectible products who has recently acquired the Mortal Kombat licence for both Mortal Kombat 2011 and 'Klassic' Mortal Kombat's to manufacture highly-detailed and faithful Characters from our beloved franchise. You can check out the last weeks feature right here. Due to the forever changing world of sculpting and manufacturing collectible products, we are unable to reveal the sculpt of Liu Kang and Ermac in their fullest this time around, but we have got some exclusive teaser images! Follow down to view them!

"Check out the Full Details on the Raiden Statue, Our Full Interview with the COO and the Shao Kahn Bust and more in the Second Part of our Syco Collectibles Feature ! "

Kitana


This week we give you an Exclusive First-Look Preview at their upcoming 10" sculpt statuette of the Edenian Princess - Kitana - Who is the first in their 'Enchanted Warriors of Mortal Kombat' range and is available to Pre-Order right now. The Princess will come complete with her deadly yet beautiful Fans, the final product will have the patterns on the fans and the blades made from metal and the fans in a coated paper. Kitana will retail for $129.99 - But MK Online members can nab an exclusive 20% Discount. Read on for more information. Product is not final and is subject to change!

"Kitana and Mileena will be able to stand 'Back to Back' with one another on an Exclusive Base which will be available to purchase seperately. More information on this exciting addition in Part Four of our Feature. "

Jade!


To coincide with Kitana, we can also exclusively reveal the in-progress, unpainted sculpt of the Edenian Renegade, Jade! Her final design will feature real chains attached to her costume and it has yet to be decided whether her trusty Staff will feature fluorescent neon paint or will be a clear staff with an LED light running through the center.


Syco Collectibles have also kindly given us some sneak-peek teaser images of the Champion of Mortal Kombat, Liu Kang and a very enthralling tease of the upcoming 18" Premium Statuette of The Telekinetic, Red-Clad Ninja, Ermac [Who will both be revealed fully in the next installment of our ongoing feature]!

Liu Kang!

Ermac


We will have another batch of exclusive First-Look Previews very soon with the reveal of the 10" Statues for The Maneater herself Mileena in her Primary and Flesh Pit costumes, the Enigmatic Telekenetic Warrior, Ermac and the Chosen One; Liu Kang and more!

" "Characters like Sonya, Skarlet, Johnny Cage, Sindel, Reptile, Shao Kahn, Baraka, Kenshi, Noob Saibot and Kung Lao are currently in the pipeline with the rest of the Roster expected to follow! "

This week, I engaged in a mini-interview with Syco Collectibles Head Sculptor, Mason Cheng, who provides us with insight and knowledge of the sculpting process and who he is most looking forward to immortalizing in stone:

[MKO] 1.) Hey Mason. Incredible work with your sculpts so far. Syco Collectibles must be very proud! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into the world of sculpting? [Mason] Thank you very much! I learnt my trade in Art College and I have now been working as a sculptor for nearly 13 years. I guess I’m just a normal guy who is fortunate to do what he loves!

2.) How did you end up getting involved with Syco Collectibles? Well, it was actually quite a coincidence! I had some sculpts that I’d made displayed in the window of my ground floor apartment. Jonathan and Mikael happened to walk by and my figures caught their attention and we started to talk. I agreed to do a test sculpt for them in order to show them what I could do. They were very pleased with the result and I’ve been working for Syco Collectibles ever since!

3.) Could you run us through the process of sculpting the characters? What makes it fun and are there any obstacles you encounter along the way? First of all I start with a wire frame and make a basic shape of the pose. Then I shove a load of clay onto it and start to build and form the basic body. From there I can start to build the correct proportions and form the body and muscles. After I feel that this looks correct I will start to smooth out the figure so it is very smooth and ready to start all the details. Once this is complete I will start adding all the details on to the face and the hands. I will then start to add the clothing onto the figure and finally the texturing. What makes it fun, interesting and challenging is to be able to create something from just looking at images. As for obstacles, the main thing is that the feeling has to be right. It’s very hard to explain but if the feeling is not there it will affect the final result and being a bit of a perfectionist I’d have to start over again...

4.) Approximately, how long does it take to complete a sculpt ready for it to become a mould and to qualify for the paintmaster? It depends on the size and on how detailed the character is in terms of costume etc. Normally I sculpt a 10” statue in about one month but again it varies a great deal.

5.) Have you played Mortal Kombat previously? What's your favourite aspect of the franchise? My bosses made me play it (for educational purposes they said haha). I really enjoyed it but my wife wasn’t as happy since I missed dinner that night!

6.) Do you have a favourite character? I’ve learnt to like a few. All the females are cool and gorgeous but if I had to pick one I’d say Kung Lao.

7.) Who in particular are you most excited to start sculpting and why ? I’m happy to sculpt any character to be honest. There are a few that would be quite challenging such as Baraka and his teeth but I like a challenge! I can tell you who I really enjoyed sculpting was Liu Kang. Since most characters I’ve sculpted before have been more ‘Western looking’ it was interesting to sculpt someone with Asian features like myself.

Great stuff! Thanks for taking the time to have a chat with us, Mason; and keep up the phenomenal work! We look forward to seeing more of your sculpts in the coming months!

MK Online Member Discount : As we've mentioned in our previous features; we have managed to procure a fantastic oppurtunity for the MK Online kommunity! Syco Collectibles are to be offering us and yourselves a generous and staggering 20% lifetime discount on all their Mortal Kombat Collectibles current and future. Below are the updated links for each currently available product for pre-order at the exclusive 20% Discount:

The time has come for the Mortal Kombat Online Community to choose their preferred Exclusive Custom Statuette andcreate its unique design! Like we reported in our first article back in July,Syco Collectibles offered Mortal Kombat Online this unique opportunity and we are excited to announce that we have advanced to the finals.

After a tight competition that featured 12 Popular Nominees, we concluded Round 3 with the Top 2 most voted statues:

The MK Dragon and Motaro

(pictures are not their final design and just represent the general idea)

Only one of them will stand as the Final Winner! Either the iconic MK Dragon or the Centaur Motaro! One will become the Custom Statuette that will represent the MK community. Remember: the winner and its unique design will be chosen and created by YOU!

In this Finale, we will determinate the pose and special design of your chosen statue. Whether you want them performing a special move, an iconic pose, or a Fatality attack, it is up to you to decide.

You must proceed to the second post of this article in order to read the rules and cast your Final vote.

If you haven't been keeping up with our updates concerning the amazing Syco Collectibles, make sure to check out the following articles:

* Syco Collectibles Part I (Exclusive Reveal + Announcement)
* Syco Collectibles Part II (Exclusive Reveal + Interview)
* Syco Collectibles MKO Exclusive Ideas Thread
* Syco Collectibles MKO Statuette ROUND 1
* Syco Collectibles MKO Statuette ROUND 2
* Syco Collectibles MKO Statuette ROUND 3

The Poll had been going on for just over a month and the winner was clear. Rain had beaten Kenshi by almost 250 votes and has since strongly influenced Syco Collectibles next collectible. With Rain being crowned the winner of this Poll. Syco would now like to know whether you want Rain as a 10" or a Premium 18" statue first. So be sure to cast your votes on the latest poll on the left-hand side to ensure you get Rain how you want him! Don't despair though, Kenshi lovers. Syco Collectibles are also in talks with producing a Kenshi collectible later down the line!

Check back soon when we will have even more Exclusive First-Look Previews and the Reveals of the upcoming 10" Mileena Primary, Mileena Flesh Pit and Liu Kang Statues and further details on Future Character Statues, Busts and Dioramas along with further information on Member Discounts and more! Until then feast your eyes on the magnificent collectibles in the images above, cast your vote on the Poll as this is going to be a real Kommunity-Intensive venture so be sure to show your support and appreciation for Syco Collectibles by visiting their links below and by purchasing some of their incredible collectibles to add to your current Mortal Kombat Kollections! Stay tuned for Part IV of our Syco Collectible Feature!

Syco Collectibles Facebook Page
Syco Collectibles Website and Online Store
Syco Collectibles Twitter Account

Keep up to date with all things Syco Collectibles and Mortal Kombat related by following us over on Twitter at@MK_Online or by liking us over on our Facebook Page. Think you've got a news story? Send your submissions to our MKO Newslead.

Choose your Exclusive Custom Statuette: Motaro VS The MK Dragon. Vote now!

The time has come for the Mortal Kombat Online Community to choose their preferred Exclusive Custom Statuette and create its unique design!

Like we reported in our first article back in July, Syco Collectibles offered Mortal Kombat Online this unique opportunity and we are excited to announce that we have advanced to the finals.

After a tight competition that featured 12 Popular Nominees, we concluded Round 3 with the Top 2 most voted statues:

The MK Dragon and Motaro (MK9)

(pictures are not their final design and just represent the general idea)

Only one of them will stand as the Final Winner! Either the iconic MK Dragon or the Centaur Motaro! One will become the Custom Statuette that will represent the MK community. Remember: the winner and its unique design will be chosen and created by YOU!

In this Finale, we will determinate the pose and special design of your chosen statue. Whether you want them performing a special move, an iconic pose, or a Fatality attack, it is up to you to decide.

You must proceed to the second post of this article in order to read the rules and cast your final vote.

If you haven't been keeping up with our updates concerning the amazing Syco Colelctibles, make sure to check out the following articles:

* Syco Collectibles Part I (Exclusive Reveal + Announcement)
* Syco Collectibles Part II (Exclusive Reveal + Interview)
* Syco Collectibles MKO Exclusive Ideas Thread
* Syco Collectibles MKO Statuette ROUND 1
* Syco Collectibles MKO Statuette ROUND 2
* Syco Collectibles MKO Statuette ROUND 3

Remember to keep up to date with all things concerning Syco Collectibles and Mortal Kombat by following us over on Twitter at @MK_Online or by liking us over on our Facebook Page.

NetherRealm Studios In-House Mortal Kombat Tournament Stream!
The Developers at NRS Battle it out in their In-Studio Tournament!

Today, NetherRealm Studios are holding an In-Studio Tournament, complete with a bracketed system with the roster of their designers and developers which is set to stream live across the internet realm! Mortal Kombat 2011, Mortal Kombat II and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 are to be featured!

"At 2:30PM CST, NetherRealm Studios greatest Designers, Personnel and Developers will battle it out in an intense in-house Tournament!"

Watch the live Tournament stream from Netherrealm Studios on www.justin.tv

We shall be providing a comprehensive guide to this Tournament as it progresses. Keep in the Realm of all things NRS and Mortal Kombat related by following us over on Twitter at @MK_Online or by liking us over on our Facebook Page. Think you've got a news story? Send your submissions to our MKO Newslead.

Vincent Proce reveals six new concept art designs for MK9 characters!

Ex-Midway designer, Vincent Proce, has released another collection of concept art featuring new Mortal Kombat 9 character-designs for Reptile, Johnny Cage, Cyrax, Mileena, Nightwolf and Sub-Zero. We now know that he has working in the new MK game before he left the company. From his blog:



"It's been a long time since I posted and the MK fans out there have been asking to see some of the concept art that I did for MK9.

I was only asked to do a few and with some very specific direction, but I also took the liberty of presenting a few concepts more to suit my own taste, hoping they would want to take the game in that direction.

The first three concepts I did (Reptile, Johnny Cage and Cryax) I had no interaction with the team and are the ones in which I branched out on my own.

I had just rolled off of another project and moved right to MK9 and these were the first pieces I showed to the guys. The first version of Cryax had a face that Ed Boon pointed out to look like Howard the Duck (he was right it did have the shape of Howard the Duck) so I changed that, but that was all I changed."




"The next three I did (Milena, Sub Zero & Nightwolf) were directed by the team to look like what they did in MK2. I think they all turned out pretty good, but I was a little disappointed with what I did with Sub-Zero, he was always my fav of the MK characters and I think I could have iterated on him a few more times.

These were the last images I did for Midway Games before I left. I do have a bunch of earlier concepts from different MK pitches that have never seen the light of day. I will post them when the time is right I suppose…"


Back in September 2009, Vincent released a series of re-imaged and upgraded MK1 character designs featuring Scorpion, Sonya Blade, Raiden, Kano, and Sub-Zero with some personal commentary concerning each character:

You can view his first art in our News-Story article which also features MKvsDC Artwork.

You can also head over to his blog to support Vincent Proce and see his original post concerning the first four characters he revealed. You can click here to read about the fifth character he uploaded in March 2010.

Even though Vincent Pro has long left the Midway Company and MK team, he has said that he "would still like to one day redesign all the rest of the original characters" if he ever finds the time.

Hopefully this is not the last we will hear or see from Vincent's work. We all look forward to all those early concepts from different MK pitches that have never been revealed.

Special thanks to form member samus_aran3900 for submitting the News Lead on this article!

Keep up to date with all things concerning Mortal Kombat by following us over on Twitter at @MK_Online or by liking us over on our Facebook Page.

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