MORTAL KOMBAT Star and Writer Reveal There Could be More Films if Reboot is Successful!

By: John M Jerva

The long awaited reboot to Mortal Kombat finally hits theaters and HBOMAX starting tomorrow and while we don’t know how it ends yet, chances are if it’s successful, we could get more.

First off, star Joe Taslim who is Sub-Zero in the film revealed in a new interview that he is actually signed on for four films if this one proves to be a hit. Taslim made the statement on this week’s Just for Variety Podcast. He also talked about making the first one and his love for the source material growing up as a kid:

“I was born in South Sumatra. We were poor so I didn’t have the console because it’s expensive. I went to my friend’s house every day to play the game. But you get there and there are like 10 kids lining up. Who wins keeps playing…so it takes me to get to my part like 40 minutes,” Taslim stated.

Writer Greg Russo also added fuel to the fire for more films as he said that he wrote the first film with a trilogy in mind. Russo made his comments in an interview with Comic Book Resource:

When I wrote it, I conceived it as a trilogy; I didn’t even tell the people I was working with I was doing it as a trilogy. Just as a writer, you never want to paint yourself into a corner or shutdown where your storyline could go…When I was writing the first film, I was always, in the back of my mind, outlining two more so I always knew where things could go. I would love to come back and explore, there’s just so much of the mythology that we didn’t have the time to get into [but] two hours is the right length for a first film. But there’s more, there’s the Shaolin monks, there’s the special forces, there’s all these spinoffs that you could see.I wanted to make sure there were places we could go and certain realms, we barely touched them. For example, Edenia is a realm that I love and I love all the characters there — Kitana, Sindel, all these great characters — and as much I wanted to put them in the movie, the story said to wait a minute because that deserves its own time to shine so don’t jam these characters in there when it’s not right…And when it came to character selection, it’s all about doing the characters a service. But I would love to write more and love to explore more.

Like I always say, money talks and if this reboot does prove financially sound for Warner Bros, then of course they will entertain the idea of doing more. With Taslim saying that he’s signed on for four more films, that tells us that the company is looking ahead. Only time will tell with all this but one thing is certain, watch it and support it and we will get more.

Mortal Kombat official synopsis: In “Mortal Kombat,” MMA fighter Cole Young, accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage—or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade at the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden, an Elder God and the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano, as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe. But will Cole be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana—the immense power from within his soul—in time to save not only his family, but to stop Outworld once and for all?

Judging from the first seven minutes that hit yesterday, genre fans should get their fill out of the action snd brutality on hand. Although there is some CGI blood, I don’t think it’ll hinder the action set pieces. With niche movie like this one, it’s never easy to tell how successful it will be and with the hard R rating, a bigger audience is out of the question at the box office.

From New Line Cinema comes the explosive new cinematic adventure “Mortal Kombat,” inspired by the blockbuster video game franchise, which most recently enjoyed the most successful video game launch in its history, Mortal Kombat 11. The film is helmed by award-winning Australian commercial filmmaker Simon McQuoid, marking his feature directorial debut, and produced by James Wan (“The Conjuring” universe films, “Aquaman,”), Todd Garner (“Into the Storm,” “Tag”), McQuoid and E. Bennett Walsh (“Men in Black: International,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”).

The diverse international cast reflects the global nature of the brand, with talent spanning the worlds of film, television and martial arts. The ensemble includes Lewis Tan (“Deadpool 2,” Netflix’s “Wu Assassins”) as Cole Young; Jessica McNamee (“The Meg”) as Sonya Blade; Josh Lawson (“Bombshell”) as Kano; Tadanobu Asano (“Midway”) as Lord Raiden; Mehcad Brooks (TV’s “Supergirl”) as Jackson “Jax” Bridges; Ludi Lin (“Aquaman”) as Liu Kang; with Chin Han (“Skyscraper”) as Shang Tsung; Joe Taslim (“Star Trek Beyond”) as Bi-Han and Sub-Zero; and Hiroyuki Sanada (“Skyscraper”) as Hanzo Hasashi and Scorpion. Also featured are Max Huang as Kung Lao; Sisi Stringer as Mileena; Matilda Kimber as Emily Young; and Laura Brent as Allison Young.

I will be watching tomorrow night when I get my first opportunity to view the film, so expect my full thoughts on it soon afterward !

To get ready for tomorrow, check out the first 7 bloody minutes of Mortal Kombat below and prepare for Kombat when the film hits theaters, IMAX and HBOMAX tomorrow!!

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