Hollywood depends more than ever on franchises. Pretty much every big new live-action movie is meant to be the start of a new cinematic universe. The recently published Mortal combat is no exception. Film writer Greg Russo confirmed to ComicBook.com that Mortal combat is meant to be the start of a new trilogy.
“I’m hopeful. I’m hopeful. Fingers crossed that we can do more of this. I certainly … When I wrote this, I will tell you, I wrote it as a trilogy. I didn’t write the trilogy, but I wrote it with a trilogy in mind. I always think that as a writer we have to make sure that we leave ourselves places to go, that we let’s not paint ourselves in the nooks and crannies. “
Although based on the iconic gaming franchise, Mortal combat does not feature the titular “Kombat”, an interdimensional tournament where the strongest fighters from different realms clash and destroy each other in an effort to save their realities. In the past, Russo had explained that he had built the Mortal combat trilogy in a way where the first film deals with pre-tournament events, the second film deals with the tournament itself, and the third film deals with the tournament fallout.
That is why Mortal combat ends with a teaser for a sequel that promises to feature the games’ most popular Earth Kingdom warrior, Johnny Cage, as the tournament is about to begin in earnest. Still, Russo says sequels aren’t guaranteed at this point, and whether or not they get the green light depends on how many fans are watching. Mortal combat in theaters and on HBO Max.
“There are places, there are worlds, there are characters and things that I would love to explore, but at the end of the day it’s up to the fans. It’s up to the viewers. If an audience comes out, s ‘he goes to the theater, if they watch the movie on HBO Max, he will send a message that Mortal combat is valuable, and I hope more stories can be told. So I’ll leave that one to the viewers. “
Given the positive response to the film so far, fans seem eager to see Russo’s project. Mortal combat the trilogy is over. It now remains to be seen whether the film has a strong enough box office and streaming projection to convince the studio that both sequels are worth making.
Directed by Simon McQuoid and produced by James Wan, Mortal combat stars a main cast consisting of Lewis Tan as Cole Young, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Josh Lawson as Kano, Tadanobu Asano as Lord Raiden, Mehcad Brooks as Jackson ” Jax “Bridges, Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Chin Han as Shang Tsung, Joe Taslim as Bi-Han and Sub-Zero, Hiroyuki Sanada as Hanzo Hasashi and Scorpion, Max Huang as Kung Lao, Sisi Stringer as Mileena, Matilda Kimber as Emily Young and Laura Brent as Allison Young. The film is now in theaters and available to stream on HBO Max. This story was born in Mortal Kombat 2.
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