It’s been a week filled with great news for the upcoming Mortal Kombat film! We learned earlier this week that actor and martial artist Joe Taslim (The Raid) will play Sub-Zero in New Line’s anticipated adaptation of the video game, and now comes word that the movie will be rated R and will include fatalities!
The news comes from screenwriter Greg Russo’s Twitter feed:
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
Simon McQuoid is set to direct the new Mortal Kombat film, which will be 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.
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.
Todd Garner also produces, with Larry Kasanoff, E. Bennett Walsh, Michael Clear, and Sean Robins executive producing.