Mortal Kombat has had a rocky past when it comes to adaptions of the video game into other forms of media- 2021’s movie seeks to change all that.
The upcoming flick is based on the video game under the same name, with this reboot being the third attempt at making it into a successful movie.
Most video game to movie adaptations are notorious for being made badly, yet fans have hope that this reboot might just get it right, especially after the improvement in the 2011 to 2013 series.
When will Mortal Kombat be released?
The reboot was originally planned for March 2021, before the date was moved forward to January 15. However, the ongoing health crisis has meant that the release is being pushed back yet again, until April 2021.
Now due to be released via both home on HBO Max and cinema, people all over the world have much more freedom in how they consume the film once it’s available. Due to the current global affairs, Warner Bros stated that “The hybrid model was created as a strategic response to the impact of the ongoing global pandemic, particularly in the US.”
Mortal Kombat cast and plot
The main cast includes Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion, and Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade. Lin previously said that he could see himself in his character, Liu Kang, fighting for what he thought was right, even as a child.
When development on the reboot first began in 2010, it was Kevin Tancharoen – the original director – that produced a trailer to pitch to Warner Bros.
That being said, Tancharoen later left the project, with Simon McQuoid taking over as director in 2016. This will be his feature debut, with Greg Russo and Craig Callaham having written the screenplay.
As for the storyline, little is known as of yet, but if it stays close to the game, it will focus on a fighting tournament, incorporating elements of fantasy, martial arts, and more.
Though it may mean a longer wait for Mortal Kombat fans, the extra time to get the movie right could work in its favor, helping redeem the franchise on the big screen and make it a success.