Mortal Kombat is a revival of the Mortal Kombat movie series, released in 2021. It is centred on the video game franchise of the very same title. Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson, Tadanobu Asano, Mehcad Brooks, Ludi Lin, Chin Han, Max Huang, Joe Taslim, and Hiroyuki Sanada are among the cast members of the movie. Simon McQuoid (on his feature directorial debut) directs the film, which is based on a screenplay by Greg Russo and Dave Callaham and a screen scenario by Russo and Oren Uziel. Cole Young is a washed-up mixed martial arts fighter who has no idea about his hidden ancestry or why assassin Sub-Zero is on the search for him.
Concerned about his family’s safety, he seeks out a group of fighters recruited to protect Earthrealm against Outworld.
Following the critical and economic failure of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation in 1997, a third Mortal Kombat movie spent over two decades in development hell. In late 2010, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema (whose parent company purchased the property from Midway Games in 2009) began work on a new feature, with Kevin Tancharoen directing from a storey written by Uziel after their Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short movie.
In August 2015, James Wan was confirmed as a producer, and then in November 2016, McQuoid was named as the director. Adelaide Studios in Adelaide as well as other places in South Australia were used for filming. The majority of the filming took place between September and December of this year.
Mortal Kombat was released in theatres throughout the world on April 8, 2021, as well as in the United States on April 23, 2021, in IMAX theatres as well as on the HBO Max streaming service. Critics gave the picture mixed reviews, and that it made $83.6 million worldwide. It was the most successful movie launch in HBO Max’s history.
Joe Taslim, who played Bi-Han, the first Sub-Zero, was the very first actor cast for such a project in July 2019. Jax Briggs, Raiden, Mileena, and Liu Kang were cast in August by Mehcad Brooks, Tadanobu Asano, Sisi Stringer, and Ludi Lin, respectively. Josh Lawson, Jessica McNamee, Chin Han, and Hiroyuki Sanada were cast as Kano, Sonya Blade, Shang Tsung, and Scorpion, respectively, later that month, with Lewis Tan as Cole Young, a new character developed for the movie. Max Huang was cast as Kung Lao on September 16, 2019, according to Deadline.
On November 11, 2019, stuntwoman Elissa Cadwell was confirmed as Nitara’s replacement. Mel Jarnson, on the other hand, plays her inside the movie. Emily was cast as Matilda Kimber on December 4, 2019.
From September 16 to December 13, 2019, filming apparently happened at Adelaide Studios and various sites in South Australia. In a statement on the movie release delay, Todd Garner claimed in November 2020 that “we have more days to shoot.” The movie was shot with Panavision Anamorphic lenses on ARRI ALEXA LF as well as Mini LF cameras.
Benjamin Wallfisch wrote the Mortal Kombat soundtrack. Director Simon McQuoid confirmed in March 2021 that Wallfisch began composing for the movie before he could be formally engaged on the project, and also that the movie will feature a new version of The Immortals’ tune “Techno Syndrome,” which Wallfisch created.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment published Mortal Kombat on DVD, Blu-ray, and Ultra HD Blu-ray on July 13, 2021, and on Digital HD on June 11, 2021.