‘Mortal Kombat’ Director Kevin Tancharoen Returns to Machinima with New Short Film
By Sahil Patel
Kevin Tancharoen is famous in online video and geek circles for directing “Mortal Kombat: Rebirth,” a gritty, stylish short film set in the “Mortal Kombat” universe, which reignited fan and industry interest in the property. That film, which had starred the likes of Michael Jai White and Jeri Ryan, led to a live-action web series, “Mortal Kombat: Legacy,” on Machinima, as well as a feature film project that seems to be perpetually in development.
Last October, Tancharoen left the director’s chair of the “Mortal Kombat” film reboot, claiming that after having spent three years in that universe, it was time to pursue new opportunities.
We haven’t seen or heard much from Tancharoen since — until now.
The director is back with a new live-action short film, this one based entirely on an original idea. “The Gable 5” is described by Tancharoen as a “sci-fi, futuristic version of ‘The Truman Show.’” In nine minutes, the film tells the story of Professor Gable, a government-funded scientist who conducts experiments on five unwitting, but gifted individuals. These physical and psychological experiments are designed to remove emotions that trigger mankind’s destructive nature.
The short stars Eliza Dushku (“Dollhouse”) as one of The Gable 5.
“The Gable 5” is available on Machinima Prime. Recently, Machinima indicated that it’s going to begin piloting new projects. The films that resonate most with its audience, and create some type of demand for more episodes, will receive full-season orders. While unconfirmed by the company, it’s likely that “The Gable 5” is one such film under consideration. With Tancharoen’s track record with Machinima, the company hopes he can go two-for-two with this new story.
“The Gable 5” was directed by Tancharoen, written by Tancharoen and Scott Martin, and produced by Hayden Roush and Marina Stabile.