Exclusive: Michael Jai White Talks MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY, Directing NEVER BACK DOWN 2, and BLACK DYNAMITE 2

     April 12, 2011

Michael Jai White interview MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY, Directing NEVER BACK DOWN 2, and BLACK DYNAMITE 2 slice

With Warner Premiere’s nine part Mortal Kombat live–action digital series premiering today (a new episode will launch every week), the studio held a press junket yesterday in Beverly Hills and I got to speak with Jeri Ryan, Michael Jai White, director Kevin Tancharoen and game creator Ed Boom.

As most of you know, Tancharoen and the same cast filmed Mortal Kombat: Rebirth last year and the success of the short led Warner Premiere to offer Tancharoen the job helming the new series Mortal Kombat: Legacy. While the short film was a tease at what Tancharoen wanted to do with a feature, the web series is being released in conjunction with the new Mortal Kombat video game and it’s goal is to offer gamers the history of the warriors they know and love.  Obviously if the new series is a success, I’m sure we’ll get more installments.  But I’m still hoping that Tancharoen will get the keys to a hard R feature…

During my interview with White we talked about how the project came together and the reaction to the short film, how much freedom they had making the web series, the action scenes, what was it like to direct Never Back Down 2, what’s up with Black Dynamite and a sequel, and, of course, I asked what’s his karaoke song.  Hit the jump to watch.

Finally, if you missed my video interview with Jeri Ryan you can watch it here.  And here’s all our Mortal Kombat coverage.

Michael Jai White

  • What’s his karaoke song
  • How did the project come together and his reaction to the short film
  • 2:00 How much freedom did they have making the web series
  • 3:15 What was it like to put the action scenes together with the limited time
  • 4:45 Talks about directing Never Back Down 2
  • 6:40 Black Dynamite talk. Including Black Dynamite 2 talk


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