Moon Knight writer hired for Mortal Kombat sequel

Fans finally got official news about the Mortal Kombat sequel, confirming its return and the film's writer.

2021's Mortal Kombat movie was largely a success. While the film didn't blow up at the global box office, the live-action adaptation of NetherRealm Studio's long-running fighting game series did recoup its initial $55 million budget. Not to mention, fans couldn't get enough of it, suggesting that a sequel was all but guaranteed.

Fans believe that Mortal Kombat's ending sets up Joe Taslim's return as Noob Saibot following his death as Sub-Zero at the hands of Scorpion.

Nearly a year later, Warner Bros has officially greenlit a follow-up to last year's Mortal Kombat.

Making nearly $84 million at the global box office against a $55 million budget usually won't warrant a sequel. However, Mortal Kombat achieved such numbers despite being released at a time when theaters were still closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. What's even more amazing is that Mortal Kombat was released simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max.

Now, many consider Mortal Kombat as one of the best video game movies ever released, with the potential to be a series.

According to Deadline, New Line has hired Moon Knight's scribe, Jeremy Slater, to pen the script for the upcoming Mortal Kombat sequel. Unfortunately, Deadline's report did not contain other important details about the Mortal Kombat sequel. Naturally, the plot should pick up from the first film, paving the way for Johnny Cage, among other recruits. Of course, with more than two decades worth of story content to pull from, Jeremy has no shortage of inspiration for where he wants to take the sequel's story.

Then again, will the story even change at all? The Mortal Kombat games have always revolved around a group of fighters defending the Earth against Outworld's combatants. What is interesting here is that since Shang Tsung lost, we might just see Mortal Kombat's other big baddie, Shao Kahn appear. If this is the case, then Mortal Kombat's creator, Ed Boon, thinks that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson would nail the role of Outerworld's ruler perfectly. Some fans even think that this is Boon's way of confirming that The Rock is part of the cast for the Mortal Kombat sequel after the Black Adam star teased that he is working on a new video game movie.

In other news, NetherRealm Studios hasn't announced its next project yet. The last that we heard from NetherRealm was that it was working on Mortal Kombat 12. But, according to the Nvidia GeForce Now leak, NetherRealm might release Mortal Kombat 12 and Injustice 3 sometime in 2023.

Aron Gerencser
Gaming at least as long as he's been walking, Aron is a fan of all things sci-fi and lover of RPGs. Having written about games for years, he's right at home reporting most of the breaking news in the industry and covering the happenings of the e-sports world. Graduating summa cum laude from Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi with a BA in Media Production, Aron has been a game journalist since 2014. When not writing, editing or playing, Aron is building models which you can find on Instagram.
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