With Mortal Kombat 11 now available in stores, it’s time to turn our attention to the upcoming film, to be directed by Simon McQuoid and produced by James Wan (Aquaman, The Conjuring Universe). New Line Cinema has announced that the Mortal Kombat movie will open in theaters on March 5, 2021, with filming set to start in Adelaide, Australia later this year.
Two other movies were previously announced for that release date. Right now, the Mortal Kombat movie looks to be facing Sony Pictures’ Masters of the Universe and the animated feature Nimona, from Disney’s 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios.
Mortal Kombat debuted in 1992 when Midway Games released the first game. The franchise has already spawned two movies, one directed by Paul W.S. Anderson that was released in 1995 and a sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, debuted in 1997. There was also an animated series in 1996, Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, and the 1998 live-action series Mortal Kombat: Konquest, but both only lasted on season. Two Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series debuted in 2011 and 2013 as well.
Earlier this week, the South Australian Film Corporation and Adelaide Studios announced that the Mortal Kombat movie will begin pre-production later this month and filming will take place at Adelaide Studios’ Sound Stages later in 2019.
James Wan said earlier this week: “I’m really happy and excited to be bringing another show back to Australia with Mortal Kombat, especially after having such a great experience filming Aquaman. Now we get to experience South Australia with its scenic locations and a wealth of artistic talent to work with. It will be perfectly suited for this fantasy-action project.”
Director Simon McQuoid added: “Having lived in Adelaide early in my career, I am thrilled to be back in South Australia to make my directorial debut with Mortal Kombat. We need many different elements for its success and have found them all right here – the uniquely beautiful landscapes, the outstanding world-class stage facilities and VFX houses, and the brilliant artists and technicians from across the film-making community. I’m grateful to the Premier and people of South Australia for having us, we’re all very excited to be here.”
Todd Garner also produces, with Larry Kasanoff, E. Bennett Walsh, Michael Clear, and Sean Robins executive producing. The screenplay is by Greg Russo.