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Mick-LuciferPosted: 07/12/2018 01:23 AMStatus ::
Writer Greg Russo Responds to MK Movie Character Rumors

Reports of a rumored character list for the next Mortal Kombat movie have had everybody talking, but the most important voice may be Greg Russo's.

The writer of the film took to Twitter to respond to concerns raised by the leaked information, clarifying that the list was based on an earlier version of the script, and only partially accurate.

Russo also addressed concerns and errors found in the original report, specifically mocking the listing of Jax as "Jackson Bridges" (instead of Briggs), and the description of Shaolin fighting monk Liu Kang as a "ninja".

Details inconsistent with the established characters were a natural point of contention for die hard fans, but they may be artefacts from the writer of the original article, or the "telephone game" of second-hand information. Russo cast further doubt on the information's veracity: "I have no idea where those descriptions came from... but certainly not from anyone involved in the project."

Despite the mistaken details, the list wasn't completely without merit, even if rooted in redundant information: "They got some stuff right and whiffed on most of it." Some characters described have since been excised from the script, while a prominent icon like Sub-Zero -- who was missing from the report -- will be "kicking all sorts of (frozen) ass."

On the inclusion of more obscure fighters from the series, the writer adds: "It's a tricky thing. Because you don't just want to throw characters in for no reason. Everyone has to have to have a reason and a moment to shine. (read: kick ass)".


Familiarity and arcade credentials are a big part of Greg Russo's damage control mesage to fans. It's no guarantee the final product will appease dyed in the wool fandom, and moviegoers alike, but it comes as timely reminder that films go through many stages before reaching the big screen.

Mortal Kombat is currently in pre-production, with James Wan's Atomic Monster Productions and Todd Garner & Jeremy Stein (Broken Road) producing. Lawrence Kasanoff (Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation) will executive produce. Simon McQuoid is expected to make his feature directorial debut. There is no release date as yet.

[Related Article: From Sprite to Screen: How Mortal Kombat Invaded Hollywood]

What do you hope to see from a finished Mortal Kombat movie reboot? Register to voice your hopes, dreams & concerns on the Media & Merchandise forum. Special thanks to MK Online User Detox for posting about this follow-up. Help spread the word by liking & sharing this story via Twitter and Facebook.

KenshiMaster16Posted: 07/12/2018 01:52 AMStatus ::


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RE: Writer Greg Russo Responds to MK Movie Character Rumors

Guy gets my vote of confidence. Seems like he is passionate enough.

Methuselah6463Posted: 07/12/2018 02:29 AMStatus ::


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RE: Writer Greg Russo Responds to MK Movie Character Rumors

The only way I see a great movie being made is to tell stories in the canon that haven't been told yet. Link the story to events we know about and show us what we want to see.

Damn its hard being this cool
KenshiMaster16Posted: 07/12/2018 04:05 AMStatus ::


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As long as its something new, by all means I'm down.

gorostilllivesPosted: 07/12/2018 06:23 PMStatus ::


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RE: Writer Greg Russo Responds to MK Movie Character Rumors

Fans need to start looking at the business side of film-making. Why was the first MK film a success and yet it spawned many unsuccessful, or, ill-received programs?

1. Mortal Kombat is based on a fighting game. And in the '90s, before "shoot-them-up" MMROPGs and other games like Resident Evil and Tombraider, fighting games were king for most of the '90s. So every other game property done their best to transform their games into anime videos, animated series, or even feature length films (Fatal Fury, Double Dragon, Streetfighter, Streetfighter II, etc.)

2. The first film, even in September 1995 on a telecast on Entertainment Tonight, was coined a "sleeper hit" or sleeper success. When it opened in the U.S. box office in 1995, it didn't have much to compete with it. In fact, Dangerous Minds had already been released the week prior and along with MK was... The Babysitter's Club. That week and until September 8-10 weekend Mortal Kombat held the #1 spot, beating out films like Angus (which actually promoted MK on its first print) and Hackers (which seen a very risque pool scene with Angelina Jolie). And what beat out Mortal Kombat? The film starring some major Hollywood A-listers in drag, To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everything on its September 8 release weekend. (http://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekly/?yr=1995&p=.htm). Eventually Seven, which was also cross-promoted with MK, beat both of them out.

Now let's look at today:

1. Superhero films, or films, like Transformers, about saving the universe, are #1. Mortal Kombat, thankfully, is a film about saving the universe (along with other films like A Wrinkle in Time) but it's still a fighting film. That notably and admittedly, like Batman being a copy of The Shadow, is based on Enter the Dragon, which is a widely talked about film to this day (moreso than MK).

In fact, look at the year 2018 and most of the films have been superhero films, either cartoonish ones like Incredibles or actual comic book ones, or like the ones in Star Wars and Jurassic World. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekly/?yr=2018&p=.htm

The question is, can Hollywood turn this property into something that will attract the mainstream audience? If they want to attract hardcore MK fans then they better stick to the lore or make it believable (I do remember the stir that making Scorpion/Sub-Zero slaves got in 1995) but this crap that they even considered, well, that wouldn't even attract audiences today. A 14 year-old Rayden? This isn't Hunger Games, this is Mortal Kombat.

To make an original film like this work, since it's based on existing media, they need to plan for a series of sequels, the Harry Potter route I call it. That way they can evolve the existing lore and storyline.

If they want to redo it, for the love of God, learn from Rebirth/Legacy's failures. Yea they may have been the most watched videos for the first week of the premiere but none of that was Mortal Kombat but a fan series.

So far both Kevin T's and this new approach are pissing me off. The fact that Kasanoff is even backing this already-doomed disaster pisses me off too. If they just stuck to the original script they would have had a decent film. Kasanoff is trying to become the next "Tim Burton" by first distancing himself from New Line/Warner Bros. and now ultimately it seems coming back in hopes they'd distribute this mess.

KenshiMaster16Posted: 07/12/2018 10:01 PMStatus ::


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gorostilllives Wrote:
The question is, can Hollywood turn this property into something that will attract the mainstream audience? If they want to attract hardcore MK fans then they better stick to the lore or make it believable (I do remember the stir that making Scorpion/Sub-Zero slaves got in 1995) but this crap that they even considered, well, that wouldn't even attract audiences today. A 14 year-old Rayden? This isn't Hunger Games, this is Mortal Kombat.


That's just typical of scripting in Hollywood for the past several decades. They get a bunch of drafts of different types and then pick from the batch and touch it up. And even then it wouldn't be the first time a movie changed incredibly drastically from early draft to the inevitable screen. The original Con Air was penned as a small budget drama character piece. The original script for Commando was about a guy who turned his back on violence. Hell, as a James Bond fan even I can tell you, do not seek out the early drafts for any of the post-Connery flicks because woo-boy, some of those originally pitched ideas are just wow, especially the latest one - Spectre. That original script? Jesus H. Christ was it terrible.

MrMephistophelesPosted: 07/13/2018 12:15 AMStatus ::


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RE: Writer Greg Russo Responds to MK Movie Character Rumors

Executive Producer is probably just an honorary appeasement for Kasanoff.

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