Mortal Kombat is probably one of the most famous video game franchises. I remember playing the first game when I was a kid, and I ended up playing the game until now with each new installment. As you know, another adaptation of the video game is about to release, which makes fans like me equally excited.
Mortal Kombat is a reboot of the original 1995 movie and its 1997 sequel and follows a new storyline. The new movie puts the main character Cole Young, an MMA fighter, as he seeks out the world’s greatest champions to fight against the enemies of the Outworld.
Have a look at some of these cool facts courtesy of IMDB before the movie opens this week:
Mortal Kombat is the first live-action adaptation to get an R-rating. Since the video is famous for its over-the-top brutality, expect violence and bloody fights in the movie that is clearly not made for kids.
The character of Cole Young was made specifically for this movie and does not exist in the video game series.
The movie has been stuck in development hell for a couple of years.
In keeping with the game’s violent fatalities, the movie will also incorporate brutal deaths that actually made some of the actors disgusted when being filmed.
The R-rated trailer (which you can see above) gained more than 114 million views, making it the most-watched R-rated trailer of all time, beating Logan and Deadpool 2’s records.
A sequel to 1997’s Mortal Kombat: Annihilation was originally planned, but after the movie was panned by critics and fans, it was eventually scrapped.
Mortal Kombat originally had a March 8, 2021 opening date, but that release date was shuffled around and will now open on April 8, 2021, in international markets and on April 23, 2021, in the US simultaneously streaming on HBO Max.
Joe Taslim, who plays Sub-Zero, is famously known for his roles in The Raid Redemption and Fast & Furious 6.
James Wan, director of Fast & Furious 7, Aquaman, and The Conjuring, is producing the movie.
Actor Hiroyuki Sanada is playing Scorpion at age 58, the oldest actor to do so.
Mortal Kombat opens in UAE cinemas this Thursday.