Earlier films omitted the game’s iconic and over-the-top gruesome killing blows, but the 2021 reboot will not shy away from the mayhem, according to actor Lewis Tan and director Simon McQuoid.
Get over here! Following the growing trend of video game film adaptations, we can now look forward to a Mortal Kombat reboot. While we’ve known it’s being produced by James Wan (Aquaman, The Conjuring) and will debut in theaters and on HBO Max on April 16, 2021, we didn’t realize until just know there’s a new exciting reveal: fatalities!
While the original 90s films didn’t delve too deeply into the game’s iconic and over-the-top gruesome killing blows called “fatalities,” the 2021 reboot will not shy away. According to Lewis Tan (Wu Assassins, Into the Badlands), a martial artist who plays new character Cole Young in the upcoming film, “There are some crazy fatalities. We've picked a couple of iconic ones. There's a lot of really cool signature moves that you'll see, […] but there are some really badass fatalities that I can't wait to see on the big screen. They're brutal, man. They, they don't hold back.”
In the same Entertainment Weekly article, director Simon McQuoid reveals, “Blood represents a connection. Blood represents who we are. Without getting too overcomplicated, what we did is use blood executionally." Blood and brutal deaths? Finally, Hollywood is representing Mortal Kombat faithfully: with an “R” rating.
Put the kids to bed early and prepare yourself for some glorious gore April 16, 2021 on HBO Max.