One of the most iconic, early violent video games is getting ANOTHER cinematic installment. James Wan, the Malaysian-Australian director behind such hits as Aquaman and the Conjuring franchise will be producing the new fighting triller.
Wan’s fight and action sequences for Aquaman were heavily praised, so fans are already excited for bloody, brutal action from his Mortal Kombat.
Wan was attached to the reboot project since 2015. Rising Australian director Simon McQuoid will be directing the film as his first feature. Production looks to take place in Adelaide, Australia according to South Australia Premier Steven Marshall.
In an official statement, Wan declared “I’m really happy and excited to be bringing another show back to Australia with Mortal Kombat, especially after having such a great experience filming Aquaman.”
He also added “Now we get to experience South Australia with its scenic locations and a wealth of artistic talent to work with. It will be perfectly suited for this fantasy-action project.”
Earlier this year, Wan appeared to distance himself from rumors that he would still be producing, but this week, he’s very much looking to be an enthusiastic part of the production team.
The previous Mortal Kombat films were released in 1995 and 1997. 1995′ Mortal Kombat received mixed to poor reviews because of its flimsy plot, bad acting, and lackluster dialogue. Still, it went on to be one of the highest grossing video game movies.
Its sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation managed to fare even worse, being universally hated as one of the worst movies of all time. Mother turned villainess Sindei’s line remains a classic meme and quotable example of bad screenwriting and delivery.
The first film received a poor 46% on Rotten Tomatoes but Annihilation managed to be even more abysmal with JUST 2% on the review aggregate.