The 1990’s. Where a never ending production line of movies just kept hitting the screen, all with the same production values, dance-remix soundtrack and approach. Never did a more consistent stream of mediocrity hit screen all at once. It was gloriously awful!
Speed 2: Cruise Control, The Island Of Doctor Moreau, Lost In Space, Street Fighter, Godzilla. An array of big movies, based on massive properties, was just kinda shat onto the screen with a general feeling that all involved in making them just shrugged and said:

“That’ll do, release it!”

Among this merry brand of failures was the original adaption of the classic beat-’em-up Mortal Kombat. In 1995, it opened to a savage mauling from both fans and critics alike. Fans pointed to the PG-13 rating and total lack of gore, unlike the video game it was based on. Critics pointed to the shonky effects and terrible, terrible acting.

The less said about the sequel, the better. A Mortal Kombat reboot had been consistently teased for years but never seemed to go anywhere, even as the game was updated constantly for new editions. Last year it finally entered production and new images were released last week from the nearly completed movie.

Now director Simon Quoid has reassured fans that this definitely WILL NOT be a PG-13. McQuoid is a longtime fan of the franchise and has been on the record as saying only something in the spirit of the game will do:

“It’s definitely not gonna get a PG-13 rating… Out of context this quote might seem incendiary, it’s not: The rules around ratings aren’t what a lot of people think they are. It’s amount of blood, it’s amount of red, it’s interpretation of how you go about it.

We had a lot of discussions about getting the balance right so there was gore and there was blood and there were fatalities. And there is gore, blood, and fatalities.”

This was in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. So does this mean the movie will feature the signature, blood soaked finishing moves? The movie is confirmed to feature Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Jax Briggs, and Raiden, played by Joe Taslim, Hiroyuki Sanada, Mehcad Brooks and Tadanobu Asano, respectively.
The plot will remain largely unchanged, as the blurb tells us:

“Once in a generation, an inter-dimensional martial arts tournament hosted by the sorcerer, Shang Tsung will determine the fate of the opposing realm if the reigning Outworld is being declared the victor. The protector of Earthrealm, Raiden enlists a Mixed martial arts fighter named Cole Young to join his clique of fighters to participate in the tournament, only to learn about his hidden lineage.”

The screenplay is by Greg Russo and Dave Callaham. The release date is currently April 16th 2021, but that is expected to slip given the COVID-19 situation.