While it feels like we’ve been hearing about the new Mortal Kombat movie for years (probably because we have), it sounds like the adaptation is finally underway.
A recent tweet seemingly confirms that Mortal Kombat will enter the pre-production phase sometime this month and is expected to start shooting in Adelaide, Australia sometime later this year. It is expected to be the biggest production in South Australia’s history and is already being celebrated by South Australia Premier Steven Marshall.
James Wan of Conjuring and Aquaman fame is producing the upcoming adaptation while Simon McQuoid is attached to direct. The former name is certainly the biggest attached to the project thus far, but it’s the latter that’s the biggest wildcard involved with the production process. McQuoid has never directed a feature film before but he has directed commercials for PlayStation.
It’s also believed that Greg Russo’s screenplay is still being used as the basis of this film. Russo is also writing the still untitled Resident Evil reboot, so it seems that quite a bit of video game adaptation weight is being put on his shoulders. It’ll be interesting to see whether or not he is worthy of the…honor of writing such high-profile video game adaptations.
Interestingly, Mortal Kombat is one of the few video game adaptations that has much of a reputation to uphold at all. While the film is far from perfect, it represents one of the most notable attempts at bringing a video game to the big screen to-date. Actually, until the very recent release of Detective Pikachu, there were many who considered it to be the undisputed king of video game adaptations.
The Mortal Kombat series itself has certainly held up well over the years. Despite some controversy, Mortal Kombat 11 was generally well-received and reportedly sold quite well. While there’s no word on when this movie will be released, we doubt that the world will suddenly stop caring about Mortal Kombat by the time that it is.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.