A live-action 'Mortal Kombat' movie is on the way
Last weekend Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, starring Ryan Reynolds, managed to break the so-called video game adaptation curse. The fantasy mystery film made a killing at the box office, and officially became the best reviewed video game adaptation of all time. That's great news, since several video games have the potential to make awesome movies (especially Bioshock, The Last Of Us, Uncharted, Mass Effect, and Batman: Arkham Asylum).
Warner Bros announced plans last year to make another live-action adaptation of the Mortal Kombat franchise. The brutal fighting game was previously adapted into a film in 1995. The movie suffered a bit from the PG-13 rating and struggle CGI, but succeeded in being campy fun (and had an INCREDIBLE theme song). The 1997 sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, though, was panned by fans and critics. (But it had a fitting title, since it annihilated the movie franchise.)
Watch the trailer for the 1995 Mortal Kombat movie:
Following Detective Pikachu's success, plus the success of the latest game, Mortal Kombat 11, we've got some news about the reboot. James Wan (Aquaman, Furious 7, Saw) will produce the project, with commercial filmmaker Simon McQuoid making his directorial debut. No word on casting yet, but pre-production has begun in South Australia, where the film is poised to be the biggest studio production in local history.
"I’m really happy and excited to be bringing another show back to Australia with Mortal Kombat, especially after having such a great experience filming Aquaman," said Wan in a statement. "Now we get to experience South Australia with its scenic locations and a wealth of artistic talent to work with. It will be perfectly suited for this fantasy-action project."
Watch the trailer for 1997's Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (Yes, they made a sequel)
Obviously, there are dozens, possibly hundreds of characters the film could feature. However, according to a 2018 report by That Hashtag Show the reboot will follow a new character named Cole Turner, "a Philadelphia boxer that is recruited by a prophecy chaser to compete in a fantastical tournament – the outcome of which determines the fate of Earth and its inhabitants. Presumably that tournament will include iconic characters like Scorpion, Liu Kang, Raiden, Sub-Zero, Johnny Cage, Kitana and Sonya Blade.
There's no word yet on the rating but hopefully they go with R, and don't replace the blood with sweat, like the Super Nintendo edition of Mortal Kombat 2. (Shout out to 90's kids!) And they better keep that epic theme song!
Sidenote: In Mortal Kombat 11, is it possible to download that horrific movie version of Sonic The Hedgehog as a character? That should be a thing!