Mortal Kombat original script would’ve been an R-rated Avengers film

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Yes I’m going to be that person who gets you all excited for the planned Mortal Kombat movie that is probably never going to happen. A man can dream though. At least it’s not an article about all what Half-Life 3 could’ve been.

The planned Mortal Kombat reboot has certainly had a storied development. It was originally planned after Mortal Kombat: Annihilation came out, a movie that actually made money despite being quite awful (to be fair, all of the movies have actually been quite poor). It was a little too much for the studio to handle however and they decided to put the franchise on hold. New Line Cinema announced the reboot in 2011 with Oren Uziel writing the script, but then not much came from that as people came and went and the studio found little traction with directors wanting to take the project forward.

That has since changed and last we heard James Wan was producing the film with Simon McQuoid directing and that the film was likely to still star Christopher Lambert and have some form of time travel element thrown into it. And they wanted to take ‘their time‘ with it. Of course, knowing the development of this film, that could change very quickly land we will soon hear that everyone has abandoned the project yet again. We don’t know exactly how much remains of Uziel’s original script, but the writer got to speak to Collider recently about what it entailed:

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Well, and again I don’t know what remains of this, but I know that it was going to be—it’s almost like if you took The Avengers, or if you took a storyline like that and set it in a sort of hard-R, over-the-top violence and hard-edged world of Mortal Kombat. It was a little bit like that, it was a little bit like a Wanted-type story that brought together a bunch of these characters and just pulled zero punches, and had a tone that was still fun but very dark

I certainly like the sound of that. Wanted and Avengers are both two fantastic films for very different reasons though, but getting a film with either of their tones is always a good thing. And you obviously can’t have a true Mortal Kombat film without some form of R-rated violence. Yes, the early films tended to avoided this, but that’s because we were all a bunch of kids back them playing games we shouldn’t have. We’re all older now and want our movies to reflect that. We’ll leave the 12-year-olds for that planned Call of Duty movie instead.

Last Updated: May 19, 2017

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Craig Risi

A man of many talents, but no sense how to use them. I could be discovering the cure for aids or finding ways to achieve world peace, but I'd rather be watching movies and writing here instead.

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