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A Mortal Kombat Sequel Is In Development With The Moon Knight Writer

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BY April 29, 2022

The Mortal Kombat 2021 movie was a surprise success for both Warner Bros. and HBO Max. Like all of WB’s movies in 2021, Mortal Kombat was a day and date release on streaming and in theatres. Critically though, the movie didn’t fare too well, and audiences also had mixed feelings. I absolutely loved it as you can read in my Mortal Kombat review. So, I am of course overjoyed at the official confirmation of a sequel to the 2021 Mortal Kombat in development. It comes from he writer of the upcoming Disney+ MCU series, Moon Knight, who will write the screenplay . This is exciting for so many reasons. But namely, because the existence of a Mortal Kombat 2 will hopefully usher in a new movie franchise for this amazing property.

The Mortal Kombat 2021 Movie Rebooted Franchise for a New Generation

Mortal Kombat sequel Jaxx. Image via New Line Cinema.

The Mortal Kombat franchise was initially a video game that spawned a multi-media franchise of awesomeness. One of the first gory and violent platform action games, Mortal Kombat was just a gratuitously violent game that was enjoyable for that reason. The wildly fantastical characters got their own backstory, spinning off into other mediums like animated films and comic books. There were two previous live-action movies in the ’90s, followed by a prequel live-action series and then a series of short web videos as well.

The franchise is beloved because of how it used a simple premise of a tournament to determine the fate of the world. And under that guise, the story showcased outrageous characters with weird powers and amazing martial arts. The Mortal Kombat 2021 movie reboots those elements with a new spin and features a new protagonist. But despite how much I enjoyed the movie, a Mortal Kombat sequel would be better served to improve on some things.

The Mortal Kombat 2021 Sequel Is Coming from Moon Knight Writer

Mortal Kombat sequel featured. Image via New Line Cinema.

According to the Deadline report that confirms the development of the Mortal Kombat sequel, writer Jeremy Slater will be writing the movie. Slater is the head writer on the new Marvel Cinematic Universe series on Disney+, Moon Knight. Given the weirdness of that show as seen in the trailer, Slater might be a perfect fit for Mortal Kombat 2. Slater also helped develop the Netflix original series The Umbrella Academy, which has a lot of weird and odd elements as well. A lot of the quirks that made Mortal Kombat special can be really out there. So who better to create a story around those parts, than the person responsible for bringing a live-action Moon Knight to the small screen.

Given that Moon Knight itself feels like a property that would be difficult to bring to the live-action format, Slater has some experience adapting the ridiculous into a compelling drama. Time will tell just how Moon Knight shakes out. But if Slater can bring the same kind of interest and level of excitement to this character, then the Mortal Kombat sequel is in good heads. At least, from the perspective of a writer.

Who Should Direct Mortal Kombat 2 In This New Franchise?

Mortal Kombat sequel Scorpion. Image via New Line Cinema.

Simon McQuoid directed the 2021 Mortal Kombat movie and did a fine job with it. However, some of the complaints around the movie are regarding the story and its execution. The choice to replace the character of Johnny Cage with a brand new character played by Lewis Tan, upset many fans. There’s also the inclusion of many other characters that didn’t really have a payoff. Not to mention how the third act is a bit of a mess. While the action and larger popcorn movie elements were on par, things could be better.

Since the Deadline report doesn’t mention a director, here is my choice for who should direct the Mortal Kombat sequel. Kevin Tancharoen is an accomplished writer and director, most recently known for directing episode 4 of The Book Of Boba Fett. Tancharoen has also worked on some of the best genre TV over his long career. His credits include Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D, The Flash, Arrow, Legends Of Tomorrow, 12 Monkeys, and many more. But most notably, Tancharoen was the man responsible for reviving the live-action Mortal Kombat franchise in 2011. He created a series of shorts titled Mortal Kombat: Rebirth. The short episodes reimagined the franchise in a more gritty world ground by reality and the modern-day. It was a viral sensation reawakening interest in the franchise, while also catapulting Tancharoen into the limelight. 

This is How Warner Brothers Wants to Start of a Brand New Franchise

Arms.

A sequel of the 2021 Mortal Kombat should continue many of the plot points and threads introduced in the first film. The 2021 Mortal Kombat movie introduced new ideas and concepts to the franchise. The rivalry between Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim) and Scorpion (Hiroyuki Sanada) culminated in an amazing climactic fight scene. However, there was not enough time to get into the backstories of their separate clans. And what they were even fighting about in the first place. So hopefully the sequel explores those elements of the story.

You can stream the first movie now on HBO Max.

Are you excited for a new Mortal Kombat sequel? Let us know in the comments below. And let me know what your expectations are from the new movie.

Featured image via New Line Cinemas.

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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.

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