The Mortal Kombat franchise will be making its way to the big screen in a couple of years with director Simon McQuoid‘s feature film reboot for New Line and Warner Bros., which is being produced by James Wan and will feature Joe Taslim (The Raid, The Night Comes for Us) as Sub-Zero, and unlike the '90s film, this one will be gory and rated "R"!
In a recent conversation with ComicBook.com, writer Greg Russo reveals a few details regarding the tone of the new film, calling the film game-faithful and comparing it to Deadpool.
"We wanted to be somewhat truthful with the tone of the game," Russo told the site. "So if you played the games, there are real stakes, there’s real emotion behind what the characters are going through but at the same time, it’s really fun. I mean Mortal Kombat’s always been very tongue-in-cheek in how it approaches whether it’s kind of over the top violence or just kind of some of the insane story ideas that they come up with. I mean there’s always been this kind of fun nature to it."
Russo continued, "We looked at the games and then we also were looking at some film comps to compare our tone to. And I think things like Deadpool popped up and we’re like, we really like the tone of that. You know, it’s got some great humor in there, but if you kind of take the humor out of it, it’s got real characters, like really emotional stakes behind what the characters are going through. So that was something that we looked at for the tone of this. It’ll be fun, but it’ll also be obviously real stakes, real characters, real emotion."
The fight will begin on March 5th, 2021. Plot details are currently under wraps, so stay tuned for more details!