In the world of video games, Mortal Kombat was always something special. While other fighting franchises were busy copying the success of Street Fighter II and later Virtua Fighter series, Mortal Kombat was doing its thing. While the cynics will say the series was very shallow and that it based its popularity only on gore and infamous fatalities, that is far from the truth. The world of Mortal Kombat full of fascinating characters and probably has a much stronger roster of charismatic and unique characters than any of its rivals, including Street Fighter, Tekken, or anything else. Sub-Zero and Scorpion are absolute legends, as are Baraka, Reptile, Sonya, Kitana, or sharp-teethed Mileena. Even (most) of the bosses were cool, like Shao Khan or his henchmen Kintaro and Goro. And of course, could anyone forget shape-shifting sorcerer Shang Tsung, one of the unique characters in all fighting games?
Strong mythology and fantastic characters made Mortal Kombat the perfect material for the movie, which materialized in 1995. Even though it was filmed on a tight budget with mostly unknown cast and B production values, it still stands as one of the most entertaining video game based movies. Unfortunately, the sequel from 1997 went in the wrong direction, and after suffering at the box office, it was logical that the next film won’t come in a while. Still, it would take 24 years and numerous attempts before we have a reboot of the franchise.
This movie is ready to take risks, based on the facts that most of the characters are played by actors that are unknown to the public. What we know by now is that we will see the icons from the free games series, including Raiden, Shang Tsung, Jax, Kung Lao, Kano, Liu Kang, Sonya Blade, Mileena and of course, Scorpion and Sub-Zero. There are surprises, though, as like in the games, there are hidden characters, as not all roles are revealed. Another thing is that the Australian Simon MCQuiod will debut as a feature film director. His previous experience is directing commercials. Also, this will be a first action-oriented movie by the Atomic Monster Productions, which only had experience with horror movies.
Even though the movie will be released on January 15, 2021, almost nothing is known about the story. The script was completed in February 2019, and three months later, the film has entered pre-production. What is promised is that this will be an R-rated movie where uncensored fatalities will be seen for the first time. The shooting was done mostly on locations in South Australia and commenced from September to December 13.
Based on everything, it’s hard to conclude what might come from this movie. As the popularity of Mortal Kombat top games is all-time high because of critically acclaimed Mortal Kombat 11, there is no doubt that fans will be eager to see it. We can only hope that the team behind the movie is well-aware of the high expectations.