Only when the corpse of every pop-culture touchstone has been drained, will Hollywood be sated. Unless it’s a flop, in which case it will be our fault again for being racist or sexist or something.

The latest thing from our youth to be mercilessly necrophiliated by some sub-intelligent Hollywood suit with about as much clue as to what the audience really wants as John Wilkes-Booth is Mortal Kombat.

New Line Cinema has announced that filming is officially underway in South Australia.  Simon McQuoid is directing from a script by Greg Russo.

The long-running video game series is based on a tournament that brings fighters together from across multiple realms to compete for the ultimate prize.

An international cast has been assembled to represent these fighters:

  • 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 Scorpion
  • Max Huang as Kung Lao
  • Sisi Stringer as Mileena

James Wan and Todd Garner are producing. The usual long roll-call of exec producers all in for points includes Larry Kasanoff, E. Bennett Walsh, Michael Clear and Jeremy Stein.

The director of photography is Germain McMicking (True Detective).  He is joined by production designer Naaman Marshall (Underwater), editor Scott Gray (Top of the Lake), and costume designer Cappi Ireland (The Rover).

Mortal Kombat will be released in theaters March 5th 2021.  Box office expectations?  In the opinion of the Outpost, limited.