Hardly anyone will be surprised, but the Mortal Kombat movie is now definitely getting a sequel. Last year, we watched the reboot of the MK franchise directed by Simon McQuoid. Now, according to Deadline, Warner Bros. is moving forward with the sequel, and Jeremy Slater, creator of Umbrella Academy and the head writer of Marvel’s Moon Knight was hired to develop the script.
Mortal Kombat is one of the best-known media franchises. It is centered on the series of video games, but it also spawned movies, tv shows, comic books, novels, and an amazing soundtrack, which featured the terrific signature theme of the franchise — Techno Syndrome.
The original Mortal Kombat movie was released in 1995, three years after the original video game was released. In 1997, the movie’s sequel, titled Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, was released, but it wasn’t as successful as the original movie. In 2021, the reboot was released, with the idea to start the whole movie franchise based on the series of video games.
Mortal Kombat reboot was released last spring in theaters and on HBOMax simultaneously. The movie grossed $83.6 million against its production budget of $55 million. Regardless, the movie had the best opening on HBOMax. Looks like that was enough for WB to move forward with the sequel, despite pretty mixed reviews.
The Mortal Kombat franchise always had the reputation for high levels of graphic violence, and the movie definitely delivered it. The movie was rated R, unlike the previous two movies from the ‘90s, which were rated PG-13. It’s presumed that the sequel will follow the reboot’s example.
Directed by Simon McQuoid, the latest Mortal Kombat movie starred Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson, Tadanobu Asano, Mehcad Brooks, Ludi Lin, Chin Han, Joe Taslim, and Hiroyuki Sanada. It’s unknown who will return for the sequel, but we are expecting more details soon.