While the Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection released in 2011 for PS3, X360, and PC was fine and all – gathering straight arcade ports of MK1, MK2, and Ultimate MK3 – it’s nothing compared to what the collection was originally going to be.
Celebrity makeup artist Tanea Brooks revealed last week via her website a series of pictures she had taken from her work on what was going to be full high definition remakes of all three of the original MK games. Rather than just put an HD filter over the existing games, actors were being brought in to completely re-shoot ALL of the in-game character models and moves, so the games could truly be built in HD from the ground up.
While none of the actors in the pictures are from the original games, Taylor Marquez – son of original Kung Lao actor Anthony Marquez – was suited up in his father’s duds and ready to slice some people up with his bladed hat just like dad. Lookalike actors were being used for Liu Kang, Sonya, Kitana, Stryker, and Shao Khan, but the look of the characters was still on track to be extremely faithful to the original games, changing the actors’ outfits and even hair styles to match their unique look in each of the games.
At this point, little else is known about the project: How far along it was, if any original actors were slated to return, and so on. All that is known is that the project was cancelled during the management change to Warner Bros., who scrapped it in favor of the (much cheaper) Kollection that ended up being released.
To see the rest of the images, check out Tanea’s website, while feeling extremely frustrated by how awesome this could’ve been.