‘Mortal Kombat’ Gets Sequel From ‘Moon Knight’ Writer
mortal combat may not have been the biggest hit with critics or audiences; it grossed $42 million in the U.S. and another $41 million overseas in the spring of 2021. But apparently that total was enough at the start of blockbuster releases during the pandemic — or maybe the performance of the movie on HBO Max, where it released simultaneously while in theaters, was strong enough – to suggest there’s an audience for a sequel.
Anyway, there will be another mortal combat film, which I sincerely hope is called 2 deadly fight. This one will be written by Jeremy Slater, who just created and scripted Marvel’s moon knight series starring Oscar Isaac. Slater, who also created The Exorcist television show and developed The Umbrella Academy TV series, confirmed the news on Twitter, writing that he is “beyond thrilled to join the team” and that they are “building something bigger, better and bloodier that will blow people’s minds.”
The first movie didn’t lack blood service to begin with; it was the first mortal combat film to earn an R rating. (The previous two live-action mortal combats from the 90s were both PG-13.) How bloody can this thing get before it veers into NC-17 territory?
2021 mortal combat, directed by Simon McQuoid, told the story of the Mortal Kombat tournament and the eternal battle between Earth and invaders from the dimension known as Outworld, from the perspective of a new character named Cole Young (Lewis Tan). This left things on a cliffhanger, with Cole heading to Hollywood to recruit movie star Johnny Cage to fight in the next tournament. This at least gives the sequel a starting point to work with. Hopefully they can work out some small talk in this one. These are funny.