In an interview with DiscussingFilm, screenwriter Greg Russo briefly spoke about his upcoming reboot of the Mortal Kombat film franchise. Reiterating the previous talk that the James Wan-produced Mortal Kombat film will indeed be more mature (original two films were PG-13) and that they’ll be going for a less serious tone, not unlike the Marvel movies.
RUSSO: “Just look at Kano as an example, he’s a great character. He’s always cracking jokes. To me, there needs to a certain levity and a fun tone. While there is violence and there is fighting and real stakes and emotional stakes for all the people involved at the end of the day it still should be fun and a sense of humor. As much as I hate to throw up the direct comparison to Marvel they’re still fun and always cracking jokes but obviously, ours will be a bit more adult.”
While he didn’t give away what characters will be the main focus Russo revealed that the original seven characters (Kano, Liu Kang, Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Sonya Blade, Johnny Cage, and Raiden) will remain important as with any adaptation.
RUSSO: [Laughs] “That’s a tricky one. I’m not at liberty to completely give it away but I can say certainly that the original seven are important. I think they’re important to any adaptation to this property.”
There had been some chatter that the film could actually focus on a new character created for the film, which wouldn’t be too shocking since each video game installment does introduce a couple of new characters.
Director Simon McQuoid has been attached for some time now and the screenplay for the video game film was also worked on by Wonder Woman 1984’s Dave Callaham (The Expendables, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 2, Zombieland: Double Tap, Shang-Chi) and Supergirl’s Oren Uziel (Detective Pikachu 2, Cloverfield Paradox, Sonic The Hedgehog, 22 Jump Street). There hasn’t been a huge update concerning when they plan on shooting Mortal Kombat or when it could be released in theaters.
SOURCE: DISCUSSING FILM