I'm not sure whether this video is our first look at a new Mortal Kombat movie or television series, or simply a live-action trailer for the next edition of the video game -- the latter seems more likely -- but whatever it is, it's kind of awesome. And I don't even like the Mortal Kombat franchise.
The nearly eight-minute clip, apparently titled Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, is a gritty, Se7en-esque set-up that grounds the fighting tournament in the real world. Michael Jai White stars as
Jax Jacks Briggs, a Deacon City police captain who, with FBI agent Sonya Blade (Jeri Ryan), attempts to recruit an imprisoned Hanzo Hasashi/Scorpion to take down serial killers like Reptile, Baraka (Lateef Crowder) and Sub-Zero. The video also features Matthew Mullins as Johnny Cage, the former Hollywood action hero turned undercover operative.
If this is only a game trailer, someone at Warner Bros. should get Law & Order creator Dick Wolf on the phone tout de suite. Mortal Kombat: Violent Crimes Unit could be his next hit television franchise.
Update: Twitch reports that the video, directed by Kevin Tancharoen (Fame, of all things), is a promo reel for the upcoming feature film.