At first blush, New Line's decision to develop a new Mortal Kombat movie seems like a coup for YouTube's many filmmaking superfans. If one fan's self-financed short film (below) can go viral and spark a major movie deal, surely that bodes well for the guys obsessing over Super Mario Bros. and Left 4 Dead, right? Well, not quite. The Mortal Kombat short was actually made by Hollywood veteran Kevin Tancharoen, who choreographed for Madonna, directed the Fame remake and filmed a recent concert film for Glee. While he still deserves credit for breaking out of the dance genre with his stunning and dark new spin on Mortal Kombat, it's worth noting that he already had the connections to help make this happen (like being able to call up Jeri "Seven of Nine" Ryan and Michael Jai "Black Dynamite" White just to a appear in a YouTube clip). But don't let me ruin your dreams. If you find yourself in a dead-end career surrounded by scantily clad celebrities and big-budget dance numbers, it's comforting to know you might have an escape route.
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