The sequel to Mortal Kombat is in the works at Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema.
Jeremy Slater, best known for the Disney Plus Marvel series ‘Moon Knight’, has been tapped to write the screenplay.
According to varie.com, Warner Bros. and New Line were quietly looking for other installments in the Mortal Kombat universe, but plans for a sequel weren’t official until Slater was hired to write the script.
The first installment featured a martial arts-inspired adaptation of the hit video game, which opened in theaters and on HBO Max last April.
Despite mixed reviews, the R-rated film still managed to generate solid ticket sales at a time when most people left their local cinema for the most part. Mortal Kombat made $42 million domestically and $83 million worldwide.
Simon McQuoid, who directed Mortal Kombat, previously hinted to Variety that he would be interested in expanding the film into a gory action franchise.
The companies backing the sequel have not announced whether McQuoid will return to direct the sequel.
“None of us used the if word.” We would never talk about it in depth because we feel like we need to put all our energy into this movie,” McQuoid said of the 2021 release of Mortal Kombat.
“That said, if the fans want one more, it’s not for us to decide; that’s up to the fans to decide. Then we need a few pieces of furniture that we know can lead us somewhere, because there’s a wealth of stuff just standing there,” added Simon McQuoid.
Plot details, as well as returning or newly cast actors, aren’t final yet.
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