Warner Bros. has dated its new Mortal Kombat movie for March 5th, 2021, with James Wan (Saw, Conjuring, Insidious, Aquaman) producing and Simon McQuoid directing, reports Variety. Mortal Kombat will do battle on its opening date with Sony Pictures’ fantasy adventure Masters of the Universe, which Noah Centineo will lead as the Most Powerful Man in the Universe. Pre-production on Mortal Kombat will start this month with cameras scheduled to start rolling in Adelaide, Australia, later this year. South Australia Premier Steven Marshall announced on May 13th that it will be the biggest film production in the state’s history.
The current screenplay is by Greg Russo (the upcoming Highwaymen). Todd Garner (Isn’t It Romantic, Tag) also produces alongside Wan, with Larry Kasanoff (True Lies), E. Bennett Walsh (Men in Black: International, The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Michael Clear (The Nun, Lights Out), and Sean Robins are executive producing. Midway debuted the video game in 1992 with a story focusing on the monk Liu Kang working to save Earth from an evil sorcerer. The development of the first game was originally based on an idea that Ed Boon and John Tobias had of making a video game starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, but then evolved into a horror-fantasy fighting game.
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