Mortal Kombat Movie Reboot Has a 2021 Release Date

Mortal Kombat Movie Reboot Has a 2021 Release Date

March 2021 will test your might.

Production is underway on the silver-screen reboot of Mortal Kombat, and now we know when to expect it in theaters. Warner Bros. have dated Mortal Kombat for March 5, 2021.

Aquaman producer James Wan will be teaming up with first-time feature film director Simon McQuoid, backed by a screenplay by Greg Russo. Pre-production is set to begin this month in South Australia, and while it's McQuoid's first outing as a feature film director, he's got past experience directing live-action PlayStation trailers.

A March 5 date in 2021 puts Mortal Kombat up against another large, nerdy project: Masters of the Universe, an upcoming film adaptation of the He-Man universe from Sony Pictures and Mattel Films. On a side note, He-Man Vs. Mortal Kombat would make an incredible crossover fighting game that I think should have to happen now.

While no official plot details have been released, a 2018 report from That Hashtag Show said the reboot will introduce a Philadelphia boxer named Cole Turner, who is entered into the Mortal Kombat tournament, "the outcome of which determines the fate of Earth and its inhabitants."

While the first two Mortal Kombat films were released in 1995 and 1997 respectively, the first movie developed a cult-classic status in the pantheon of video game movies. It is iconic enough that the recent Mortal Kombat 11 used the movie's theme for its launch trailer and had actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa play the role of Shang Tsung as he did in the films. It's hard to imagine a movie that could topple that piece of video game culture, but I'm open to giving this one a shot.

Thanks, Deadline.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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