The long-gestating big screen reboot of Mortal Kombat is finally taking a step forward, with filming slated to begin this year. Come inside to learn more!
I’ve been writing about a new Mortal Kombat movie pretty much since the creation of Cinelinx as a site (hell, even before that when we called ourselves TheMoviePool). The project has undergone a ridiculous amount of changes, director swaps, and various states of Development Hell for over a decade.
Now, with James Wan producing, cameras will finally start rolling on the film this year in Adelaide, Australia. The info was confirmed by the South Australian Premier Steven Marshall, who said it will be the biggest film production in the state’s history.
“’Mortal Kombat’ will be the largest film production in South Australia’s history and highlights the importance of engaging with the world’s major production houses. The state government’s investment in ‘Mortal Kombat’ will enhance the scope and reach of our production and post production capabilities, bringing the promise of fantastic new jobs for the local film industry.”
The new Mortal Kombat will use a screenplay from Greg Russo, with Simon McQuoid handling directing duties. It’s crazy to think it’s been more than 20 years since Mortal Kombat graced the big screen with Annihilation (1997). In the time since, the games have seen there own manner of successful reboot, with Mortal Kombat 11 arriving just a bit ago.
While I absolutely suck at fighting games, I love the lore behind the Mortal Kombat series, and still have a soft spot for the first film (and the goofy live-action series). As such, I’m super excited to finally see this movie happen. Mostly, I just want a really good martial arts flick to come out of it, with the iconic elements from the game in place.
While there’s no casting word or release date, with things finally moving forward towards actual production it looks like we won’t wait much longer until those things come into focus. Who knows, with San Diego Comic-Con in a couple months, WB/New Line might take that opportunity to reveal more about the new Mortal Kombat film. We’ll just have to wait and see!