Warner Bros. is pushing back the release of Mortal Kombat by a week
As the studio prepares to finally debut its MonsterVerse crossover Godzilla versus Kong Tomorrow, Warner Bros. announced a minor timing change as a highly anticipated adaptation of the video game Mortal Kombat moves back a week from its original April 16th release to April 23rd. When asked about his feelings about the postponement, Scorpion only had to say, “GET OVER HERE!”
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While the new release date might disappoint some who want the movie as soon as possible, it’s worth noting that the latest blockbuster in Legendary’s Kaiju franchise has seen a similar last-minute move in its release, though it’s currently unclear why that is latest adaptation of the Midway Games title changes its publication. One possible explanation could be that with the opening of more theaters across the country, the studio wants to allow more time for copies of the film to reach the cinemas that will be shown for the audience ready to go to the cinema while others choose to watch couches with HBO Max from the comfort of their own home, though another might be that the studio wants more room to breathe in between GVK and MK Bringing in as much cash as possible at the box office instead of competing with yourself.
in the Mortal KombatMMA fighter Cole Young, used to hitting money, is unaware of his legacy – or why Outworlds Emperor Shang Tsung sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly cryomancer, to hunt down Cole. Fearing for the safety of his family, Cole searches for Sonya Blade in the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the strange dragon mark Cole was born with. Soon he is in the temple of Lord Raiden, an elder god and protector of Earthrealm, who gives refuge to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with veteran warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and villain mercenary Kano as he prepares to face the enemies of the outside world in a high-stakes battle for the universe with the greatest champions on earth. But is Cole pushed hard enough to unlock his Arcana – the immense power from his soul – in time to not only save his family, but stop Outworld once and for all?
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The diverse international cast reflects the global character of the brand, with talent from the fields 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 a scorpion; Max Huang as Kung Lao; Sisi Stringer as Mileena; and Lewis Tan.
James Wan (The incantation Universe, Aquaman) and Todd Garner (Into the storm, label) to produce. Larry Kasanoff, E. Bennett Walsh, Michael Clear, and Jeremy Stein are executive producers. Director Simon McQuoid brought the hugely popular property to the big screen and led a team of Australian and American filmmakers, including cinematographer Germain McMicking (True detective, Top of the lake: China Girl), Production designer Naaman Marshall (Underwater, servant), Editor Scott Gray (Up on the lake, Daffodils) and costume designer Cappi Ireland (lion, The rover).
The first video game in the series was developed by Midway Games and published in 1992. In the storyline, different fighters from eighteen different fields compete against each other in an epic tournament. Quite a few sequels followed the original game, with the latest, Mortal Kombat 11, being released earlier this year.
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Two Mortal Kombat films were previously made. The first, simply called Mortal Kombat, was directed by Paul WS Anderson and released in 1995. Two years later, the sequel Annihilation followed, which also paved the way for two television series: the animated series Defender of the Empire and the live action Conquest. Director Kevin Tancharoen also released two web series based on the property.