Actor Ludi Lin, who brought Liu Kang of the mortal Kombat back to the big screen, teased plans for a reboot span more than a single film. While Warner Bros. ‘s upcoming reboot is the third time the classic mortal Kombat game series has been adapted for the big screen, Lynn will only step into the ring as the second live-action actor Kang. It was the death race, Robin Shou, in both of the previous live-action installments.
It would have been 26 years since the first mortal Kombat film released in theaters when the reboot opened in January 2019. Developed initially as a three-film series, the third was abandoned after a disappointing turn at the box office. In the development of Aquaman and Saw producer James Wan and newcomer director Simon McCoyd and screenwriter Greg Roos, the new mortal Kombat film appears to be moving towards the darker end of the tone. Its anticipated R-rating will be in line with other productions from production house Atomic Monster Productions, the enchanting franchise of the films.
While talking with Jaynestars, Lynn talks about his work on the film Nashwar Sangram and how he feels many similarities between him and Kang. He had gotten into many fights as a child, and like his character, the one who would stand to take on the weak. Beyond his experiences, he also spoke of McCoyd’s attachment to the Mortal Kombat world:
Director Simon McQuoid is very devoted to this world. He is very passionate about building a universe of Mortal Kombat, rather than one single fight film. He started a back story of the world as a whole and made sure to flesh out the characters so that people feel it’s not just a video game, and there is some substance behind it.
While McQuoid is a newcomer to the film direction feature, he is no stranger to behind a camera or to the rhythm and tone of video games. His resume claims to have a long, award-winning career in commercials, including high-profile national campaigns for PlayStation and Halo. While there is not a lot of information that has emerged from the production surrounding the mortal Kombat story yet, this is the first time that public plans have been said about the possible plans already considered beyond this one film being done.
Everyone involved in the mortal Kombat seems as attached as fans are to the game’s universe. Wan also spoke enthusiastically that the film would be the first time the human Hai Sangram’s famous graphic death will be fully felt onscreen. An experienced producer, with a gritty production house, and a director accustomed to quick pacing and tone for video game-friendly audiences, they likely have a chance to breathe new life into one as the best combination for hope. It may be expressed as a cinematic franchise that was written by fans and studios almost 23 years ago. Fans will get to see for themselves when the mortal Kombat hits theaters next year.
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