The Mortal Kombat film reboot is finally moving ahead after the government of South Australia confirmed the film has moved into pre-production. It will be the first live-action Mortal Kombat film in over 20 years.
South Australia Premier Steven Marshall announced that Mortal Kombat will be the largest movie ever filmed and produced in South Australia, and that pre-production will begin later this month. Warner Bros. is producing the movie and has tapped first-time feature film director Simon McQuoid as director, with a screenplay by Greg Russo.
No plot details have been officially revealed, but a 2018 report by That Hashtag Show revealed the reboot will introduce a new character to the series named Cole Turner. Turner is "a Philadelphia boxer" drafted into the Mortal Kombat tournament, "the outcome of which determines the fate of Earth and its inhabitants."
Similarly, there has been no official casting news, but the same report says that Turner will meet established Mortal Kombat characters like Kano, Sonya Blade, Raiden, Mileena, Kung Lao, and more. The report was from 2018, so there's a chance some details may have changed in the interim.
Although Mortal Kombat will be Simon McQuoid's first feature film, he's no stranger to video games having directed live-action trailers for PlayStation. Likewise, Greg Russo is a self-described "lifelong gamer" and is also credited as a writer for the upcoming live-action Resident Evil movie reboot.
The first live-action Mortal Kombat film was released in 1995, with the sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation following in 1997. Based on the popular fighting game of the same name, the original Mortal Kombat movie is the sixth highest grossing video game movie of all time. Though Detective Pikachu is hot on its tail.
There's no release window yet for the Mortal Kombat reboot, but you can expect more news in the coming months.