Mortal Kombat (film series)

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Mortal Kombat
Produced byLawrence Kasanoff
James Wan
Based onMortal Kombat
by Ed Boon and John Tobias
Production
company
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$48 million
Box office$173 million

Mortal Kombat is an American series of martial arts action films based on the fighting video game series of the same name by Midway Games.

Films[edit]

Mortal Kombat (1995)[edit]

Three unknown martial artists are summoned to a mysterious island to compete in a tournament whose outcome will decide the fate of the world.

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)[edit]

A group of martial arts warriors have only six days to save the Earth from an extra-dimensional invasion.

Cancelled sequel[edit]

Threshold Entertainment's production on a sequel was initially scheduled to commence shortly after the release of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, but it was shelved due to Annihilation's poor reception and disappointing box-office performance. It consequently never got off the ground as it remained stuck in development hell for over ten years, with numerous script rewrites and story changes, along with the 2005 destruction of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, which greatly affected one of the planned shooting locations.[1] In June 2009, a bankruptcy court lawsuit saw Lawrence Kasanoff suing Midway while mentioning that a third film was in the works. Warner Bros. (which became the parent of New Line Cinema in 2008, after over a decade of both operating as separate divisions of Time Warner) ended up purchasing most of Midway's assets, including Mortal Kombat, the next month.[2] In July 2009, actors Chris Casamassa (Scorpion) and Linden Ashby (Johnny Cage) separately announced that they would be reprising their respective roles from the original film, with Casamassa additionally claiming that filming would begin in September of that year,[3][4] but the project still did not commence production, and aside from a poll that asked fans to vote on which major character they believed would die in the third movie, no official information on the project ever existed on the Mortal Kombat website hosted by Threshold, which itself permanently ceased updates in late 2004.[5]

Reboot[edit]

In September 2011, it was reported that New Line Cinema (Mortal Kombat film rights holders), sister studio to Warner Bros. (current franchise holders), had hired Kevin Tancharoen to direct a new feature-length film with the intention of aiming for an R rating.[6] Oren Uziel, who wrote Tancharoen's 2010 short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, was hired as the screenwriter while no actors nor other crew were confirmed. Reports stated that the film would not be an extension of the games nor Tancharoen's then-current Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series.[7] Shooting was expected to begin in March 2012 with a budget of well under $100 million and a release date of 2013,[8][9] but was ultimately delayed due to budget constraints, and Tancharoen started working on the second season of Legacy until problems with the film had been sorted out. However, in October 2013, Tancharoen quit the film production.[10] In August 2015, James Wan signed on as producer,[11] while in November 2016, Variety reported that Simon McQuoid was hired as director.[12] Greg Russo announced on his Twitter page that the script is complete.[13] In May 2019, it was announced that the reboot has entered pre-production and will be shot in South Australia for a March 5, 2021 release date.[14][15][16] On July 9, 2019, The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Indonesian actor Joe Taslim is cast as Sub-Zero in the film.[17] Producer Todd Garner announced on Collider Live that the reboot will be an Hard R rating movie and will be more like the games but nothing like the original and Russo confirmed that the film is rated R and will features Fatalities for the first time on the big screen.[18][19]

Cast[edit]

Key
  • A V indicates the actor or actress lent only his or her voice for his or her film character.
  • A dark gray cell indicates the character was not in the film.
Characters Films
Mortal Kombat Mortal Kombat:
Annihilation
1995 1997
Liu Kang Robin Shou
Johnny Cage Linden Ashby Chris Conrad
Sonya Blade Bridgette Wilson Sandra Hess
Rayden Christopher Lambert James Remar
Scorpion Chris Casamassa J.J. Perry
Sub-Zero François Petit Keith Cooke
Princess Kitana Talisa Soto
Shang Tsung Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
(archive footage)
Kano Trevor Goddard
Reptile Keith Cooke
Frank WelkerV
Goro Tom Woodruff, Jr.
Kevin Michael RichardsonV
Frank WelkerV
Art Lean Kenneth Edwards
Chan Kang Steven Ho
Master Boyd Peter Jason
Jax Gregory McKinney Lynn "Red" Williams
Shao Kahn Frank WelkerV Brian Thompson
Jade Deleted scene Irina Pantaeva
Sindel Musetta Vander
Sheeva Marjean Holden
Shinnok Reiner Schöne
Nightwolf Litefoot
Motaro Deron McBee

Crew and other[edit]

Occupation Films
Mortal Kombat Mortal Kombat:
Annihilation
Mortal Kombat
1995 1997 2021
Director(s) Paul W.S. Anderson John R. Leonetti Simon McQuoid
Producer Lawrence Kasanoff James Wan
Writer(s) Kevin Droney Screenplay by
Brent V. Friedman
Bryce Zabel
Story by
Lawrence Kasanoff
Joshua Wexler
John Tobias
Greg Russo
Composer George S. Clinton
Director(s) of photography John R. Leonetti Matthew F. Leonetti
Editor(s) Martin Hunter Peck Prior
Production company(s) Threshold Entertainment Atomic Monster Productions
New Line Cinema
Distributor(s) New Line Cinema Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates August 18, 1995 (1995-08-18) November 21, 1997 (1997-11-21) March 5, 2021 (2021-03-05)
Running times 101 minutes 95 minutes

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

Film Release date Box office gross Budget Reference
North America Other
territories
Worldwide
Mortal Kombat August 18, 1995 (1995-08-18) $70,454,098 $51,741,822 $122,195,920 $18 million[20] [21]
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation November 21, 1997 $35,927,406 $15,449,455 $51,376,861 $30 million[22] [23]
Total $106,381,504 $67,191,277 $173,572,781 $48 million

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Mortal Kombat 46% (37 reviews)[24] 58 (12 reviews)[25] A–[26]
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation 2% (42 reviews)[27] 11 (12 reviews)[28] C+[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clint Morris (February 8, 2008). "Director talks Mortal Kombat reboot". Moviehole.net. Archived from the original on August 8, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2008.
  2. ^ "WB Picks Up Rights to Midway Video Games". Comingsoon.net. July 6, 2009. Retrieved July 16, 2009.
  3. ^ Polybren (July 8, 2009). "Third Mortal Kombat movie filming in September - Report". GameSpot.com. Archived from the original on July 12, 2009. Retrieved July 16, 2009.
  4. ^ "Linden Ashby talks about Mortal Kombat".
  5. ^ "Threshold Entertainment". mortalkombat.com. Archived from the original on January 6, 2012. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  6. ^ "New 'Mortal Kombat' movie 'needs to feel brutal,' says director". Entertainment Weekly. September 29, 2011. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
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  8. ^ "'Glee' director prepares for 'Mortal Kombat' film". Los Angeles Times. September 30, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
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  12. ^ Kroll, Justin (November 18, 2016). "'Mortal Kombat' Reboot Finds Director in Simon McQuoid (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
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  14. ^ Collis, Clark (May 14, 2019). "James Wan-produced Mortal Kombat movie to shoot later this year". Entertainment Weekly.
  15. ^ McNary, Dave (May 17, 2019). "New 'Mortal Kombat' Movie to Hit Theaters in 2021". Variety.
  16. ^ Polito, Thomas (May 29, 2019). "Warner Bros' Live-Action 'Mortal Kombat' Movie To Begin Filming On September 16th In Australia". The GWW.
  17. ^ Galuppo, Mia (July 9, 2019). "'Mortal Kombat' Movie Finds Its Sub-Zero (Exclusive)". The GWW.
  18. ^ Spider-Man Rights Could Be Going Back to Sony? - Collider Live #173
  19. ^ [2]
  20. ^ "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)". The Numbers. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
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  22. ^ "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)". The Numbers. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  23. ^ "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  24. ^ "Mortal Kombat reviews". Rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved January 26, 2014.
  25. ^ "Mortal Kombat reviews". Metacritic.com. Retrieved January 26, 2014.
  26. ^ "CinemaScore". cinemascore.com.
  27. ^ "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  28. ^ "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  29. ^ "CinemaScore". cinemascore.com.

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