It is safe to say that the original Mortal Kombat live-action film franchise definitely lacked a sting in it’s tail. Regardless of the popularity of the video games and the characters the films left a lot to be desired. Now – I am not saying I dislike the original, because I watch it often, but Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is best left forgotten.
The franchise also struggled on the small-screen with Mortal Kombat: Conquest, of which 4thletter! rated it one of the top ten “most ridiculous” things to come from the Mortal Kombat franchise. However, the American web series, Mortal Kombat: Legacy perfoemed well. It received an IMDb rating of 7.5/10 and made it’s way to the domestic market.
2021 will see a reboot of this movie fracnhise, with Mortal Kombat that is set to launch in theatres and HBO April of next year. Directed by feature-debute director Simon McQuoid and containing a screenplay by feature-debute writer Greg Russo, it has been pushed back from 15th January amid the pandemic situation.
The movie itself has been in development hell for nearly two decades. After the commercial failure of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation in 1997 the third film entered limbo. In 2010 Warner Bros. began development of the film with Kevin Tancharoen as director. In August 2015 McQuoid was hired as director and production began in Adelaide Studios in South Australia.
The film will be bringing back characters such as Sonya Blade, Hanzo Hasashi (Scorpion), Raiden, Liu Kang, Bi-Han (Sub-Zero) and more. The film was original set to be released in March 2021, before being moved to January and now April 16th.