Jeremy Slate, who is currently best known as the creator and writer of Marvel’s Disney+ series Moon Knight was recently hired to write a sequel for Warner Bros.’s newest Mortal Kombat reboot, which was released in April 2021. The movie received mixed reviews from critics and the audience, who criticized the story but praised the R rating and violent faithfulness to the homonymous video game series.
The latest Mortal Kombat movie was released last year in theaters and on HBOMax simultaneously. The movie grossed only $83.7 million against its budget of $55 million, which would be considered a failure if it had a regular theatrical release, but that was enough for WB to greenlight the sequel, which means that this could easily turn into a new gigantic franchise.
In a recent interview with The Direct, screenwriter Jeremy Slater provided an update on the sequel’s development.
“It’s really fun so far. We’re about halfway through the script. I’m working really closely with the director and the studios, and the game guys, and I think—I can’t say anything about the actual story, but I think they definitely learned some lessons the last time around in terms of, ‘Here’s the stuff fans responded to, and here’s what people liked out of the movie, and here’s the stuff that didn’t work out as well as we hoped.’ So we’re really looking at this as a chance to take everything that worked in the first one and do it even better and give the audience even more, and make something that is just incredibly satisfying, and really exciting, and unpredictable.” — Jeremy Slater for The Direct
The Mortal Kombat reboot starred Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson, Tadanobu Asano, Mehcad Brooks, Ludi Lin, Chin Han, Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, and Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion, and it was directed by Simon McQuoid. It’s unknown whether McQuoid will return to direct the sequel, and no cast members have been confirmed for the sequel yet. Still, considering the first movie’s post-credit scene, it is expected that Johnny Cage, the famous MK character, will have a huge role in the sequel.
Mortal Kombat reboot is now streaming on HBOMax.