“Mortal Kombat” goes live-action – again

Another old-school video game is getting the live action treatment – but in a different way than its peers. Mortal kombat

While Universal is trying to bring “Asteroids” to the big screen and Namco is shopping a 3D series AND reality series revolving around Pac-Man, Warner Premiere has announced plans to create a series of live action digital shorts around “Mortal Kombat”.

Directed by Kevin Tancharoen, who put together some popular unofficial shorts based on the game, the series will explore the history of some of the game’s warriors, including Scorpion and Johnny Cage. Shooting will being early next month.

The shorts will be available this spring through online digital retailers – likely in the weeks leading up to the release of the game’s latest installment – which is due April 19. Casting information will be announced in the coming weeks. 

This isn’t the series first dip into the live-action waters, of course. “Mortal Kombat” was previously made into two feature films in the mid-90s.