The Mortal Kombat reboot is getting its due with a filming and production location in South Australia, touted the largest state a film has ever been produced. Indeed a job boom is in store for the production of this movie.
Mortal Kombat reboot fans everywhere should be geeking out with this franchise’s decades-long existence. Everyone remembers back in the 1990s when the first live-action Mortal Kombat movie debuted under producer Lawrence Kasanoff. This has certainly brought back the nostalgic feels of my college days having seen the flick three times with friends in theaters. The memorable techno-music is something that can give one an earworm.
I can hear Shang Tsung right now from the first MK, “It has beguuun!” And…it has. It’s been announced by Australia’s ABC News that the reboot will be shot and produced in South Australia. Thanks to the Australian Premier Steven Marshall, $70 million is expected to be added to the state. So thanks to a premier, we’ll have a premiere of the Mortal Kombat reboot. BossLogic, Inc. also posted a hardcopy of what looks to be a document declaring this news.
Back in 2016, Highlander’s Christopher Lambert announced via Loaded that he was in talks to return as Raiden and also revealed that he is aware of an idea that this flick will involve time travel. Of course, that’s rather early news and that idea could have been scrubbed. You never know.
Of course, the MK 11 game involves time travel and the injection of younger versions (I’m pretty sure 90s counterparts) from an alternate timeline and current Mortal Kombat characters. Kronika is the time influencer in that game so it would stand to reason that the Mortal Kombat reboot movie plot could run in parallel per Lambert’s statement. There was also revealed a character description of a Philly boxer set for the flick.
Aquaman’s James Wan is set to produce as well as Todd Gardner. E. Bennett Walsh, Michael Clear, and Sean Robins will be joining Kasanoff to executive produce. The screenplay is by Greg Russo. Walsh spoke to ABC in regards to the size of this project.
“It’s the biggest production that’s ever been in Adelaide, that’s for sure, and because it’s an action-adventure film, the requirements are so much more and it goes into manufacturing and it goes into just the amount of people we have to hire”.
McQuoid the director said that the movie will “go back to the ‘core essence’ of the characters of the popular video game”.
That said, I think they are attempting to strive to make a pretty good representative on-screen adaptation. If they can pull off such a video game adaptation via what McQuoid stated, this could be a hit. I’m also getting a hint of nostalgia since they may be going with the mechanic of time travel to bring back older (younger), possibly 90s counterparts.
Although I thought the first flick had cheesy one-liners and questionable acting, I found that the choreographed fights and comic book costume accuracy of the characters were spot on. I thought the second flick, Annihilation, bombed and my opinion was reinforced by many critics with low ratings of their own accord. As far as I am concerned, the sequel wasn’t even worth mentioning until I decided to say it wasn’t worth mentioning.
How do you think the Mortal Kombat reboot will adapt? Do you think McQuoid, Wan, Kasanoff, and crew will pull it off? Share your thoughts in the comments below.