Despite coming out amidst the global pandemic in early 2021, Mortal Kombat performed admirably both in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming service. Now, as first reported by Deadline, a sequel is officially in the works at New Line Cinema.
Per the initial report, Jeremy Slater, who recently penned Marvel’s upcoming Moon Knight series, will write the sequel’s screenplay. However, at this time, the screenwriter is the only name attached to the project. A search for a director is currently ongoing.
2021’s Mortal Kombat is directed by Simon McQuoid in his feature directorial debut. The film stars Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson, Tadanobu Asano, Mehcad Brooks, Ludi Lin, Chin Han, Max Huang, Joe Taslim, and Hiroyuki Sanada. The plot charts the story of a new character named Cole Young. After Sub-Zero begins hunting him, he seeks out a clique of fighters that will defend Earthrealm against Outworld. In his review for the film, Full Circle’s his film is filled with nostalgia, and it’s definitely great to see some of my favorite video game characters back on the big screen. Unfortunately, it doesn’t deliver on all fronts.”
Based on an idea by Ed Boon and John Tobias, Mortal Kombat was first released in 1992. The game spawned many sequels and spin-offs as well as a comic book series. On-screen, Mortal Kombat touts a series of live-action films animated TV series, and a live-action TV series. Additionally, Mortal Kombat is the best-selling fighting game franchise worldwide and one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time.
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