What they should do with a Mortal Kombat film - Transcending the genre.


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I’m a huge fan of the old Mortal Kombat video games back in the 90’s. The letdown for me was obviously Mortal Kombat 3 but one thing remained, the story captivated me as a child and still to this day, I believe the story despite it being a blatant rip-off of one of my favorite movies of all time, “Big Trouble in Little China”.

The reason for this “creative piece” is because I truly believe that video games will be given the “comic book” treatment for films in the next decade or so. The starting point relies heavily of Michael Fassbender’s Assassin’s Creed project and ultimately the success of it.

Mortal Kombat: The Great Shaolin Tournament (20XX)


I have a general idea of what I would like to see and I have been looking at Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” for inspiration. Just a note I do plan on becoming a filmmaker in the future. I have one short film script under my belt but this is a dream project of mine. The whole series would be a war film between two entirely different worlds, one that exists and one that might not but has been carried on through Eastern mythology.

I have decided to spend the next two years working on this script that might perhaps be some of my best work. I write as a hobby and just because I really enjoy it. I would be lying if I said Christopher Nolan hasn’t been an inspiration for me as of right now not only as a filmmaker but also has a man who knows the power of film and the strength of a good story.

“It has been over a century since the defeat of the legendary Shaolin monk Kung Lao by the hands of the Shokan known only as Goro. Liu Kang, a former member of a Shaolin monastery and descendant of the great Kung Lao must decide if he is able to step up to the plate and compete in a tournament as the fate of the world will depends on it.”

Simple enough, right? Yeah but this is my interpretation of the the Mortal Kombat mythology. Things are going to be different.

I already have an idea on what I want to do with the opening battle sequence (prologue) and feel as though I’d give the reader a proper insight into “my” Mortal Kombat series.

Opening scene:

“The scene opens up in a courtyard. A Shaolin monk who we presume to be the legendary Kung Lao gets ready for the greatest battle of his life. Sitting on a throne in the distance, appearing almost as a judge of sort is the cunning sorcerer Shang Tsung. A man who became corrupted by the powers of deceit and dark magic taught to him by the Emperor of the world known only as Outworld.

The dialogue would be spoken in Cantonese and Mandarin by both Lao and Tsung. The two converse with each other where it’s revealed that Tsung was also once a member of a Shaolin monastery a very long time ago. Overtime, he became corrupt and was seduced by the dark arts. These arts would allow to Tsung to imprison souls and the ability to shape shift.

Gongs clang as the servants strike their hammers across the brass shield. Tsung seated in his throne unveils his secret weapon. Out comes the behemoth of Goro.

We never see any close-ups of Goro through out the battle. We just see the results. A stand off ensures as Lao steadies around the four-armed monster. Before Lao can deliver a high kick, it is blocked effortless to which Goro absolutely kills Lao by pounding his chest repeatedly.

Lao’s beat down is brutal, Goro sickeningly beats down a presumably dead Lao as we watch on from a distance to not make highlight of the absolute brutality of the scene. It would be implied that Goro smashes in Lao’s head in so bad that it caves in and Lao is decapitated by force. Goro raises the body of Lao and we get Goro’s “moment”, he holds the body of Lao up in victory, proclaiming in his native Shokan tongue that, “Is this the best humanity has to offer?”

The crowds in the courtyard cheer on as a mysterious Asian beggar watches sadly amongst the crowd.

…Stay tuned for more when I get around to it (I write scripts and am generally busy).


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It didn't feel anything like big troube in little china to me.

I mean unless you're talking about that raiden lookin dude with electricity then I guess so lol.