The 2021 Mortal Kombat reboot movie is less than a year away. And although we have to wait a little longer for the trailer and promotional images, the film’s producer has promised fans that the reboot will do the games justice.
The previous instalment of Mortal Kombat left fans wanting due to the lack of game-accurate fatalities and the underutilisation of popular characters, Sub-Zero and Scorpion.
But in January, producer Todd Garner took to social media to assure fans that the reboot would be everything they hoped for, unlike the Mortal Kombat movies of the ’90s.
In a few friendly exchanges with fans on Twitter, he hinted at possible game moves and fatalities that would be included saying, “Well, they’re not dancing”.
Well they aren’t dancing…
— Todd Garner (@Todd_Garner) January 23, 2020
The producer also said the 2021 Mortal Kombat film wouldn’t completely rely on CGI since they had some talented martial artists in the cast.
Sub Zero was the first character to be cast and will be played by Joe Taslim, a martial artist who was on Indonesia’s national judo team for twelve years. Scorpion will be played by Hiroyuki Sanada, whose film credits include The Twilight Samurai and 2007’s Sunshine.
In a recent interview with Inverse, Taslim reiterated Garner’s sentiments about the movie.
“It’s a really strong script. When you think about Mortal Kombat, you think it’s just good guys fighting bad guys in a tournament. But this movie is more than that. More story. More layers. For fans who love Liu Kang, who love Scorpion, who love Sub-Zero, they’re gonna get justice. For the fans, I have high hopes they would like it.”
Other popular characters who will be appearing in the film include Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee), Kano (Josh Lawson), Jax Briggs (Mehcad Brooks), Mileena (Sisi Stringer), Liu Kang (Ludi Lin), and Shang Tsung (Chin Han).
With a story by Oren Uziel and Greg Russo, Mortal Kombat 2021 will be directed by Simon McQuoid from a screenplay by Russo and Dave Callaham.
The film is based on the video game franchise of the same name created by Ed Boon and John Tobias. It serves as a reboot to the Mortal Kombat film series following the critical and commercial failure of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation in 1997, where a third movie languished in development hell for almost two decades.