The James Wan-led Mortal Kombat film officially enters pre-production in Australia, set to begin filming later in 2019

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Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • May 14, 2019 at 8:21 a.m. PDT

Rumors about a new feature film for Mortal Kombat have been making their way around the internet for many years now, but it appears as though actual progress has been made to make it a reality in the near future.

Australian officials announced today that the yet-to-be named Mortal Kombat film from New Line Cinema will be shot and produced entirely in Kano's home territory as reportedly the largest production ever for South Australia.

James Wan, who has directed / produced movies like Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring and Aquaman, is attached to Mortal Kombat as a producer while Greg Russo — not related to the Russo Brothers of Avengers fame — is penning the screenplay.

Simon McQuoid will be making his directorial debut for a major feature length film in Mortal Kombat though he is an established and award-winning director of commercials including the popular Long Live Play / "Michael" ad for PlayStation 3.

"If anyone has concerns if our director, Simon McQuoid, will stay faithful to [Mortal Kombat], I urge you to go back and look at some of the [video game] commercials he directed," said Russo on Twitter. "His PS3 'Michael' spot still gets me every time I watch it."

Mortal Kombat's first film hit theaters back in 1995 and was successful in grossing over $120 million worldwide along with creating a cult following. It's follow up in Annihilation, however, is largely regarded as one of the worst video game adaptations in history.

For the first time in many moons, NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. officially referenced back to the almost 25-year-old movie by having Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa reprise his role as Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat 11 as well as feature Christopher Lambert, the original movie Raiden, in one of the game's commercials.

No actors have been tied to the upcoming film as of yet nor have any story details been revealed, but the new movie itself is scheduled to begin filming in the latter half of 2019 in / around Adelaide, Australia.

You can take a look at the official announcement by Premier Steven Marshall below where we've also included the Long Live Play commercial because it's still cool eight years later and has a few neat fighting game references within.


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Video source: IGN.
Image source: Mortal Kombat (1995).
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