Mike Fleming

head_8His resume is filled with dance-centric TV programs with Britney Spears and Pussycat Dolls, and his first film, Fame, flopped. How then could director Kevin Tancharoen–a Fanboy at heart–regain enough street cred to put himself in contention to direct a scifi fantasy film? Tancharoen spent $7500 of his own money, got a script by Oren Uziel, called in favors with actors like Michael Jai White and Jeri Ryan and made in two days what amounts to an audition film for an edgy new version of Mortal Kombat. It has become a viral sensation since Tancharoen posted it on Youtube early last week, getting around 6.5 million hits so far, and the Fanboy websites are all over it. Movie rights to Mortal Kombat–originally turned into a 1995 film by Paul W.S. Anderson–were bought by Warner Bros when the studio’s interactive division acquired the catalog of Midway Games. There are definite plans to relaunch the vidgame, but insiders say a movie is no sure thing. It’s a bit messy with original producer Larry Kasanoff and his Threshold Entertainment threatening a lawsuit. Whether or not he gets the job, Tancharoen’s phone is starting to ring again, which means it was money well spent. View the short below:

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