Mortal Kombat Movie Reboot Coming In 2021

The first movie was fine, if a bit campy, but imagine Mortal Kombat with modern special effects and film technology.
The long-awaited Mortal Kombat movie reboot finally has a release date and it's March 5, 2021.
The long-awaited Mortal Kombat movie reboot finally has a release date and it's March 5, 2021. Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. has just officially announced that after years of work and waiting, the Mortal Kombat movie reboot will finally be released on March 5, 2021. It's two years from now, but with fans having waited for a new movie since the original one came out in 1995 (24 years ago), what's another two years?

The Mortal Kombat movie reboot has been a long time coming, and fans have been waiting for this news since Warner Bros. first announced that they had found a team for the movie back in 2016. For three years, fans had close to no news until finally, last summer, the movie plot and other details were leaked to the masses.

Right now, everything's more or less speculation with nothing but the release date and the fact that the movie is in production actually officially confirmed. However, in an exclusive interview with That Hashtag Show, it was suggested that the plot will follow the likes of "a Philadelphia boxer that is recruited by a prophecy chaser to compete in a fantastical tournament, the outcome of which determines the fate of Earth and its inhabitants". (Thanks, Eurogamer!) However, it is entirely possible that this is no longer the case, especially after writer Greg Russo informed the public that that story was part of the old drafts for the film's script.

While technology, visual effects, and even the way people consume media has changed so much since 1995, most hardcore gaming fans will still say Mortal Kombat when you ask them what they think is the best video game movie ever made. The 2021 reboot of the Mortal Kombat movie, while probably newer and flashier and equipped with all sorts of fancy visuals, carries with it a certain legacy, and it is our hope that it does the franchise proud.

Mortal Kombat is a fighting game franchise that's been around since 1992, the silver age of home arcade games. There have been quite a few Mortal Kombat titles since then, with the most recent one being Mortal Kombat 11, released earlier this year. The original Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat 11 are two entirely different animals, with the latter having been built with space-age animation technology powered by graphics cards that are capable of a million times the output required by 1992 arcade systems. Hopefully, the movie will follow the same trend and improve upon its predecessors.

Catch Mortal Kombat in theaters on March 5, 2021.

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