Since the debut of Todd Garner's live action Mortal Kombat film more than two years ago, fans have been eagerly anticipating news about a sequel. Fortunately, the producer has now shared a much-awaited update on when filming is expected to begin.
According to a report by GeekVibesNation on Twitter, the filming of Mortal Kombat 2 is slated to commence in Australia in June, with production scheduled to conclude three months later, in September.
This update has since been confirmed by Todd Garner via his Twitter account. The latest update shares similarities with the first Mortal Kombat film, which was also shot in Australia during a three-month filming period.
Last year, Warner Bros. Discovery officially gave the green light for the sequel, which will be written by Jeremy Slater and directed by Simon McQuoid. Although details about the film have not been disclosed, Slater has announced that Johnny Cage, a fan-favorite character in the franchise, will make an appearance.
Despite expressions of interest from several actors, including Scott Adkins and pro-wrestler The Miz, the role of Cage remains uncast. However, Lewis Tan, Mehcad Brooks, Tadanobu Asano, Ludi Lin, Jessica McNamee, Chin Han, and Joe Taslim are set to reprise their roles in the sequel.
Joe Taslim, who portrayed Bi-Han/Sub-Zero, revealed that he had committed to starring in four sequels, subject to the success of the franchise reboot. Thankfully, the film was a hit, partly due to the pandemic, which led to its direct release on HBO Max.
However, the sequel won't be able to rely on a similar release strategy, which means it will need to perform well in cinemas to ensure the franchise's future continuity. While no official release date has been announced, based on when filming is expected to wrap up, we anticipate that the sequel will likely be released in theaters early next year.
Speaking of Mortal Kombat, the latest installment in the game series has reportedly set a franchise record. This comes from Matt Welsh, a former global brand manager at Warner Bros. Entertainment, who claims that the game had earned $500 million in profits as of February 2022. Its sequel, Mortal Kombat 12, is scheduled to be released this year on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.