Hot on the heels of the release of Mortal Kombat 11, the Mortal Kombat movie reboot is finally entering pre-production.
Confirmation comes from officials in South Australia, where the reboot will be made. It'll be "the biggest studio production in the local industry's history", apparently.
Warner Bros. announced the Mortal Kombat movie reboot last year, although as with most video game movie news, there was no guarantee anything would come of it. This latest development, though, makes it clear an attempt to make the movie will be made.
The screenplay is by "lifelong gamer" Greg Russo, and the reboot will be directed by Simon McQuoid, who is making his feature directorial debut.
According to a 2018 report by That Hashtag Show, the reboot will focus on a brand new character named Cole turner. Cole is described as "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". Established Mortal Kombat characters, such as Kano, Sonya Blade and Raiden, are set to appear.
Addressing fan concern in February, Russo, who has said he played Mortal Kombat 2 in his local arcade back in the 90s, took to Twitter to defend the movie reboot's director:
If anyone has concerns if our director, Simon McQuoid, will stay faithful to MK, I urge you to go back and look at some of the VG commercials he directed. His PS3 "Michael" spot still gets me every time I watch it.— Greg Russo (@WriterRusso) February 5, 2019
PS3 Michael Commercial https://t.co/cMZhdxMskW via @YouTube
Whatever the case, the Mortal Kombat reboot movie will have to go some way to better the original Mortal Kombat film, which graced our screens back in 1995. I don't care how much money you've made from overgrown Pokémon fans blind with nostalgia, Detective Pikachu, Mortal Kombat remains the greatest video game movie of all time.
I mean, just look at this:
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