Warner Bros. Considered an HBO Max Release for the Mortal Kombat Film
Following the game-changing announcement of Wonder Woman 1984′s simultaneous theatrical and HBO Max release, Variety brings word that Warner Bros. Pictures is currently considering the same distribution strategy for its other upcoming films such as Daniel Kaluuya’s Judas and the Black Messiah, Denzel Washington’s The Little Things, and Tom and Jerry remake. It is likely that the studio is still waiting to see how well the Gal Gadot-led DC sequel will perform with its theatrical and streaming debut before they’ll be able to decide on the future of some of their films.
In addition, the studio has even reportedly dabbled with the idea of giving the same treatment as Wonder Woman 1984 to James Wan’s upcoming live-action Mortal Kombat movie. However, it somehow fell through with Mortal Kombat still set for a theatrical release but will inevitably suffer a release date delay. The film adaptation was originally set for a January 15, 2021 release but was ultimately delayed according to producer Todd Garner due to the ongoing pandemic.
Mortal Kombat is directed by Simon McQuoid from a script written by Greg Russo. James Wan (The Conjuring universe, Aquaman) and Todd Garner (Into the Storm, Tag) are producing. Larry Kasanoff, E. Bennett Walsh, Michael Clear and Jeremy Stein are serving as executive producers.
The diverse international cast reflects the global nature of the brand, with talent spanning the worlds of film, television and martial arts. The ensemble includes Joe Taslim as Sub Zero; Ludi Lin as Liu Kang; Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade; Josh Lawson as Kano; Tadanobu Asano as Raiden; Mehcad Brooks as Jackson “Jax” Bridges; Chin Han as Shang Tsung; Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion; Max Huang as Kung Lao; Sisi Stringer as Mileena; and Lewis Tan.
Mortal Kombat will be released in theaters worldwide on March 5, 2021.
Two Mortal Kombat movies were previously made. The first, simply titled Mortal Kombat, was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and was released in 1995. It was followed two years later with a sequel, Annihilation, which also paved the way for two television series: the animated Defenders of the Realm and the live-action Konquest. Two web series have been released based on the property as well from director Kevin Tancharoen.