"Mortal Kombat" Reboot: A Long Time Coming
Tue, April 20, 2021

"Mortal Kombat" Reboot: A Long Time Coming

“Mortal Kombat: Annihilation” fared great at the box office, earning $122.1 million on a $20 million budget / Photo by: BagoGames via Flickr

 

When it comes to video game movies, the original “Mortal Kombat” released in 1995 wasn’t exactly loved by critics (it’s got a 47 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes) although it did way better than Street Fighter (11 percent) shown a year earlier. “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation” also fared great at the box office, earning $122.1 million on a $20 million budget.

It is, therefore, no surprise that the movie is getting its own reboot although it’s taken more than two decades for it to happen.

In an article published by Digital Spy, a British-based entertainment, television, and film website, it was mentioned that “Aquaman” and “The Conjuring director” James Wan is now attached to the project but only as a producer. Helming the “Mortal Kombat” reboot is Simon McQuoid, who is making his directorial debut on a story written by Greg Russo. Fans of the video game are naturally skeptical about a new big-screen adaptation for “Mortal Kombat,” given the quality of the first movie. However, with Wan behind the picture, movie audiences may have something to be excited about the upcoming reboot.

 

The Cast

One of the challenges in creating a movie adaptation of a video game is assembling the perfect cast who would embody the characters that fans of the game know by heart. While the upcoming “Mortal Kombat” movie might not feature every character from the video game, it will surely include the major and most popular players featuring actors that look like they have nailed their respective roles.  

- Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, a cryomantic ninja

- Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion, a wraith who seeks vengeance against Sub-Zero

- Chin Han as Shang Tsung, a powerful warlock who absorbs souls to maintain his youth 

- Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, a Shaolin monk who enters the tournament under Raiden’s request

The Mortal Kombat reboot movie casts Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion, a wraith who seeks vengeance against Sub-Zero / Photo by: Keith McDuffee via Wikimedia Commons

 

- Mehcad Brooks as Jax, a United States Special Forces major with cybernetic implants

- Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, the immortal god of thunder and the protector of Earthrealm

- Sisi Stringer as Mileena, a sai-wielding assassin who is the evil twin of Princess Kitana

- Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, a Special Forces soldier

- Josh Lawson as Kano, an Australian black arms dealer who runs the Black Dragon organization

Hypable, a website that provides interesting and engaging fandom-related articles, wrote that having actors who could bring life to those great fighters is of paramount importance in the creation of “Mortal Kombat.” These actors will have to live up to their roles and accurately deliver those iconic lines from the video game. 

Movie Web, an entertainment news website and video brand, reported that the new “Mortal Kombat” will hit the big screen on March 2021.

Graphic Game

Mortal Kombat started as an arcade game before it was ported into different gaming consoles. 

Due to its violent content, it became a highly controversial one when it was released. It resulted in the creation of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). With new technology being developed, the game franchise was able to fully embrace its bloody and violent reputation with graphics that make it look like bloodier and more violent. 

The recent installments of the Mortal Kombat games were reported to have the most gruesome deaths that gamers have ever seen in a video game. This has made it even more popular with hardcore gamers. Having the same spirit as the video game, the upcoming movie adaptation will be R-rated, and this only means that the audience can expect a lot of blood. 

The Mortal Kombat universe currently has 18 realms and some of them have interesting mythology. Fans are aware that there are a lot of materials to play with, and it has always been a question why a big-budget follow-up to the original film hasn’t happened, that is, until this reboot slated for 2021. 

Audience Pleaser

Martial arts movies should have a good story, but it is important that the film has great choreography as well. If Wan can successfully bring the Mortal Kombat characters to life, the 2021 adaptation of the video game is going to attract a whole lot more audience. 

According to Digital Spy, there hasn’t been any leak so far about the movie’s plot, much less an official synopsis or even a teaser. It is believed that the movie will assume the rough structure of the video game where fans will see their favorite characters enter a tournament in a bid to save the planet. 

Martial arts movies should have a good story, but it is important that the film has great choreography as well / Photo by: BagoGames via Flickr