For those who might have missed the initial nods earlier this year, it was evidently revealed that New Line Cinema will be producing a Mortal Kombat film: atop of that, word recently broke that Jos Taslim will be taking the role as Sub-Zero for the video game adapted flick. Taslim isn’t new to action-centered films as seen from his involvement with The Raid: Redemption and Fast & Furious 6.
As for this coming film, however, it has been announced that the project will be receiving an R-Rating which will satisfy fans who look for what defines the series, gory violence. Though the movie is out in the open practically, film Screenwriter Greg Russo made that announcement sharing the rating along with detailing that fatalities are the culprit for the R-rated status.
Since it's already been stated by other members of the team, I'm gonna put this one to bed. MK WILL be R-Rated and for the first time EVER, FATALITIES will FINALLY be on the big screen (and no I'm not gonna say which ones) You'll just have to wait for the movie & see!!! 😉 pic.twitter.com/aVTewH4t28
— Greg Russo (@WriterRusso) July 12, 2019
For younger fans of the Mortal Kombat franchise, you should know that the series has already a decent amount of cinematic projects following the popularity of the video game series. With the titular 1995 film as well as the sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation in 1997 which New Line Productions were involved in also. Despite the negative connotation surrounding the graphic violence the inspired games portrayed, the two films were instead branded with a PG-13 rating that limited what the series is deprived of.
As well as the overall reception of the both films, the best description is loosely crafted with below average reviews of the two movies. Some could even say that the two among other films based on video games that arrived around the same time are what gave adapted movies the reputation for being too foreign to what they are translating to the big screen for films that followed even to today.
Previously, NetherRealm Studios as for the debut of the current Kombat Pass for Mortal Kombat 11 released the first character Sheng Tsung from the original 1995 film into the latest fighter.
The Mortal Kombat film is reported to debut in theaters on March 5, 2021.