Mortal Kombat is easily one of the most violent games out there. Fans have always loved the fact that the franchise has never shied away from gore and extreme violence. It’s no surprise then that the next film in the franchise, expected in 2021, will deliver on some key Mortal Kombat traditions, including gruesome fatalities and R-rated material, unlike the PG-13 1995 version.
Since it's already been stated by other members of the team, I'm gonna put this one to bed. MK WILL be R-Rated and for the first time EVER, FATALITIES will FINALLY be on the big screen (and no I'm not gonna say which ones) You'll just have to wait for the movie & see!!! ;) pic.twitter.com/aVTewH4t28
— Greg Russo (@WriterRusso) July 12, 2019
Writer Greg Russo took to Twitter to announce the news that Simon McQuoid’s film will not be family-friendly. This is great news for fans of the franchise, who’ll finally get to see true-to-character versions of their favourite uber-violent fighters battle it out onscreen.
James Wan and Todd Garner are producing, with Larry Kasanoff, E. Bennett Walsh, Michael Clear and Sean Robins executive producing. Last week it was announced that casting has begun, with Joe Taslim, The Raid actor, signing on to flinging iceballs as Sub-Zero. The character’s trademark blue mask and threads may obscure his face, but he definitely has the moves to pull it off.
While it was critically panned, Paul WS Anderson’s 1995 Mortal Kombat film grossed and impressive $120 million worldwide. Two years later, its sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, wasn’t as well received and only took in $50 million. Over the last while, there have been many rumours about a Netflix series and an animated series. Let’s hope the new film lives up to the expectations.
Here are some of our thoughts on casting the rest of Mortal Kombat.