News Archive - May, 2019
Warner Bros Set Mortal Kombat Movie Release Date
Coming to theatres 2021!

Warner Brothers has set a 2021 release date for its long awaited Mortal Kombat theatrical reboot. First-time feature director Simon McQuoid will begin shooting in South Australia later this year, with pre-production beginning very soon, according to a recent announcement.

Deadline reports the March 5th, 2021 release will put Mortal Kombat in a direct box office showdown with Sony's recently delayed Masters of the Universe.

The He-Man reboot has been pushed back significantly from its previous target of December this year. Only twenty-four hours separates the two scheduling announcements, lending to speculation there may yet be another change for one of the films. Although He-Man typically skews younger in demographic, the properties will likely attract overlapping audiences. DC Comics recently produced a He-Man crossover with another NetherRealm Studios video game property, the six-issue Injustice vs Masters of the Universe.

Mortal Kombat's return to the big screen has had its false starts over the years, but has been steadily advancing since James Wan joined as producer in 2015. The Aquaman director has navigated business and scripting challenges, expressing a desire to "do it right" throughout. Simon McQuoid has been attached to direct since late 2016.

With filming beginning later this year, an early 2021 release will give the film a solid year of filming and post-production. Follow and discuss all the progress with us in the Media & Merchandise forum!

Mortal Kombat Australian Pre-Production Announced
South Australian Premier announces 2019 filming.

The wait is finally over: Mortal Kombat will begin pre-production later this month, to begin filming in Australia later in the year! The movie reboot was officially announced with a special event held by local politician Steven Marshall, touting the investement as South Australia's biggest film production to date.

Simon McQuoid attended the announcement, having been attached to direct since late 2016. No new plot or casting details have emerged, but a release from the State Premier's office confirms several producers of the New Line Cinema project, including the long involved Australian hand of James Wan, Todd Garner, and Larry Kassanoff.

Filming will begin later this year at Adelaide Studios, with heavy emphasis on local crew and VFX houses. South Australia has a noteable history in the region's celluloid, with major releases Pitch Black and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome filmed there, as well as some shark scenes from Jaws, and revered Australian stand-outs The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Picnic at Hanging Rock, and Storm Boy. Locations near Adelaide Studios were recently used for Daniel Radcliffe starring thriller Escape From Pretoria.

Adelaide: South Australia will be the stage for Mortal Kombat, New Line Cinema’s highly anticipated epic action film, it was announced today by the Premier of South Australia Steven Marshall.

Mortal Kombat is a bold cinematic adventure based on the blockbuster videogame franchise. Bringing the legendary property to life on the big-screen is a team of world-renowned Australian filmmakers led by producers James Wan (Aquaman, The Conjuring films) and award-winning commercial filmmaker Simon McQuoid, who is also taking the helm in his feature directorial debut.

Todd Garner (Isn’t It Romantic, Tag) also produces, with Larry Kasanoff (Mortal Kombat, True Lies), E. Bennett Walsh (Men in Black: International, The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Michael Clear (The Nun, Lights Out), and Sean Robins (Playing with Fire, Tag) executive producing. The current screenplay is by Greg Russo (the upcoming Highwaymen). Pre-production on Mortal Kombat will commence later this month with production later this year.

Premier Steven Marshall made the announcement today at Adelaide Studios alongside the film’s Australian director, Simon McQuoid, executive producer E. Bennett Walsh, Australian production consultant Greg Basser (The Whistleblower, Passengers), and South Australia’s Minister for Innovation and Skills, David Pisoni.

In making the announcement, Premier Steven Marshall said Mortal Kombat will create an estimated 580 jobs and 1,500 extras employed, along with some AUD $70 million injected into the South Australian economy.

Led by the Australian creative team of McQuoid and Wan, the film will be shot on Adelaide Studios’ Sound Stages, utilising the state’s world-class crews and acting talent, with post-production in South Australia’s internationally acclaimed visual effects and post-production facilities.

“South Australia has a long and successful tradition of feature film making and Mortal Kombat will showcase our production skills to the world,” said Premier Steven Marshall.

“Mortal Kombat will be the largest film production in South Australia’s history and highlights the importance of engaging with the world’s major production houses.

“The State Government’s investment in Mortal Kombat will enhance the scope and reach of our production and post production capabilities, bringing the promise of fantastic new jobs for the local film industry,” he said.

“We are thrilled to be highlighting South Australian locations, talent and facilities for Mortal Kombat,” said Katherine Beyda, Executive Vice President, Physical Production, New Line Cinema.

“It brings together all of the components we need to make an ambitious action film a success, and we applaud the South Australian Film Corporation for their role in attracting the production to their region.”

Producer James Wan said, “I’m really happy and excited to be bringing another show back to Australia with Mortal Kombat, especially after having such a great experience filming Aquaman.

"Now we get to experience South Australia with its scenic locations and a wealth of artistic talent to work with. It will be perfectly suited for this fantasy-action project.”

Director Simon McQuoid said, “Having lived in Adelaide early in my career, I am thrilled to be back in South Australia to make my directorial debut with Mortal Kombat.

"We need many different elements for its success and have found them all right here—the uniquely beautiful landscapes, the outstanding world-class stage facilities and VFX houses, and the brilliant artists and technicians from across the film-making community.

"I’m grateful to the Premier and people of South Australia for having us, we’re all very excited to be here.”

Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said “Mortal Kombat highlights the importance of the Marshall Liberal Government’s commitment to support the creative arts as an industry that will deliver exciting career opportunities for South Australians.

“The film will provide unrivalled skills development opportunities for South Australian screen business and crews, whilst enabling the screen sector to update technologies and techniques to keep pace with global trends.

"The Marshall Government is excited to welcome the live action movie production of one of the world’s most successful games franchises, particularly with South Australia also being a centre for games development,” he said.

CEO of South Australian Film Corporation & Adelaide Studios, Courtney Gibson said, “Brought to life by Australian creative talent working in partnership with US studios, Mortal Kombat will be a boon for South Australia and a massive shot in the arm for our industry and Adelaide Studios, delivering unprecedented screen spend into the state and a huge number of jobs for South Australians.”

The confirmation is at last a light at the end of the tunnel for the long anticipated feature film return. Are you ready for Mortal Kombat on the big screen? Share your thoughts and keep your eyes peeled to the Media & Merchandise forum for updates!

Supreme Mortal Kombat Champion Tournament 2019!
The tournament to decide the Mortal Kombat 11 champion!

History has never been far behind in Mortal Kombat. Is it future, or is it past? Mortal Kombat 11 introduces a time-bending possibility that the present could be the battleground for both!

April 23rd saw the official introduction of Kronika and a fresh batch of kombatants whose goals threaten the realms, time, and reality itself! With in-game customization, revised gameplay, and a dramatic time-twisting story -- the only constant through it all is the fighters! Therefore there's never been a more compelling time to take stock and ask: Who is the Supreme Mortal Kombat Champion?

The annual voting tournament returns to dissect and assess the current state of the series. MK Online invites the entire kommunity to enter the Fan Koliseum for another year of daily polls that will challenge sixty-four fighters from past and present in elimination battles! Read on for the updating battleplan, poll results, and links to the latest match-ups you can comment on on the forums:

Per tradition: sixty-four kombatants will compete in a single elimination tournament bracket. Each result will be decided by regularly unlocked updates to the MK Online User Poll. You can find the poll to the right of screen on browsers, or via menu options at the top of the page on mobile devices.

This year's tournament is all about reflecting upon Mortal Kombat 11, but the top sixteen characters ranked from previous years will also receive guaranteed seeded entry. Sub-Zero and Raiden appear at the top and bottom positions as #1 and #2 ranks. Some characters may miss out, while others return from the past for another shot at consideration. Check match-up posts on the forum to find the latest rankings information for each character.

  • Round 1: Sub-Zero (79.2%) d. Cyrax (20.8%)
  • Round 1: Frost (70.8%) d. Kharon (20.2%)
  • Round 1: Kano (76.2%) d. Bo' Rai Cho (23.8%)
  • Round 1: Johnny Cage (59.1%) d. Sektor (40.9%)
  • Round 1: Erron Black (58.3%) d. Hsu Hao (41.7%)
  • Round 1: Sheeva (52.2%) d. Sindel (47.8%)
  • Round 1: Jade (65.4%) d. Tanya (34.6%)
  • Round 1: Ashrah versus Smoke

To be eligible to vote you must be a registered MK Online User. Users found registering multiple accounts will be disqualified and banned indefinitely. New accounts may face initial voting restrictions, but are encouraged along with everyone to share thoughts about characters in each match-up posted to the 2019 Supreme Champion thread!

Mortal Kombat 11 Tops PlayStation April Downloads
MK11 is PS4 top seller for April.

It hasn't even been a full month since Mortal Kombat 11 was released into the wild on April 23rd, but that was all the time needed for the time-bending sequel to top the month's PlayStation 4 sales!

Fans chose Days Gone as the best new release in an April player poll, but the late coming Mortal Kombat couldn't be bested for digital sales! The latest download chart shows MK11 edged out Days Gone on the PlayStation Store, with franchised third-person shooter World War Z coming in third.

PS4 has been the console of choice for many players, with an overwhelming 56.4% of a recent MK Online poll choosing the system. MK11 is also available for Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Join the discussion about all version on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Fatal Friday News
Later stream time tonight, no stream on 5/17

Another Fatal Friday happens tonight at 10 PM central time with special guest host SurvivedKombatants. We're streaming a bit later tonight, to match our guest host's schedule. And speaking of changes, there's another reminder that there will be NO Fatal Friday on 5/17, the next show will air on 5/24. So, make sure you tune in tonight to get your fix on! The leaderboard currently stands at sharkb1te74 in the #1 spot with a whopping 21 win streak record. In second place, we've got PaPaHeavy420 with 12. Who will emerge victorious tonight? Tune in, and find out!

You will also find that tonight our streaming quality will be substantially better due to our new capture card device, which allows us to stream at true 720p HD quality. We had a open QA stream test, and I'm very grateful to everyone who was able to jump in and participate with giving me your feedback. It has proved invaluable in making sure we can deliver the best quality possible to you on Twitch, Facebook, Mixer, and YouTube.

Also a reminder: If you want to compete tonight, Season 1 is on XBOX ONE. Simply jump into the room titled "Fatal Friday" and join Fatalkade's King of the Hill room. It's that simple! The server room will go up around 9 PM central time, so be on the look out for it. We'll see you there!

Bruce Campbell Denies Mortal Kombat 11 Evil Dead DLC
If chins could kill... rumors!

Mortal Kombat 11 will gain six more characters when The Kombat Pack downloadable content is revealed in the coming months. Guest characters from other franchises will inevitably be part of that group, but according to Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell -- Ash Williams won't be one of the crossover killers!

Campbell issued the elaborate denial [pictured above] via Twitter, using klassic MKII graphics to deliver a groovy fatality to widespread online rumors. Speculation has stemmed from the reported extraction of in-game data that included directories for multiple DLC characters, including the ambiguously named "Ash".

Separating the actor from a character he originated with Sam Raimi's classic 1981 horror movie seems unimaginable. Campbell has reprised the role of Ash Williams for two iconic Evil Dead sequels, multiple video games, and most recently the 2015 Starz television revival: Ash vs Evil Dead.

It's possible the claim denotes a semantic distinction between the original character and some later incarnation, or is simply a bold faced lie. Either way, speculation now inevitably turns toward other plausible explanations, such as the return of Ashrah, or a completely new character. One thing's for sure - the discovery may've come from Nintendo ports, but we won't expect a Pokémon crossover any time soon!

[Related Article: Todd McFarlane Thinks Spawn Will Be in Mortal Kombat 11]

Krypt keeper Shang Tsung is the only confirmed Kombat Pack fighter so far. Will he hail to the king? Join the discussion and speculation on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Mortal Kombat Inducted Into World Video Game Hall of Fame
Original MK creators receive honor via video message.

There exists in New York City a World Video Games Hall of Fame and the arcade klassic Mortal Kombat has had the honor of being inducted into its hallowed halls! The original MK joined an eclectic class of 2019 inductees, nominated by the public, and selected by a panel of industry experts, journalists, and historians. Read on:

2019 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony | Mortal Kombat Creator's Thank You

As reported by Variety; The Strong Museum welcomed Mortal Kombat into its Hall of Fame with a ceremony in New York City. The induction recognized the game's lasting achievements in four key areas of criteria: iconic status, influence, geographical reach, and longevity.

Original creators Ed Boon, John Tobias, and John Vogel appeared together in a pre-recorded video filmed at NetherRealm Studios, thanking the organization for the honor.

The Strong interactive museum established its Hall of Fame in 2015. The organization curates a collection of electronic games and artefacts purported to be in the 60,000 range, annually adding new titles to its Hall of Fame. Other 2019 inductees included Super Mario Kart, Colossal Cave Adventure, and Microsoft Solitaire. Past inductions have counted Street Fighter II, Doom, Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Pong, and many others.

The influence of Mortal Kombat's earliest chapters can still be felt today, factoring heavily into the plot and character lineup in April's Mortal Kombat 11 release! It might be argued that Mortal Kombats II & 3 deserve a place in the prestigious list as well, but there's simply no escaping the importance of the original chapter, which introduced iconic fighters like Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and Shang Tsung, as well as memorable trademarks like Mirror Matches, Blood Mode and Fatalities!

Watch the full induction ceremony and thank you videos embedded in the are above. Dive deeper into the series' history and nostalgia by joining the discussion in the 2D Kombat Klassics forum!

Fatal Friday Recap
A new champion has been crowned!

The last show was even more intense this time around, with a new champion being crowned and taking the #1 spot for himself. Sharkb1te74 cashed in a massive 21 win streak on our Fatal Friday show, until finally being defeated by the previous champion, and now #2 spot, PaPaHeavy420. Take a look at the current leaderboard below to see these standings for yourself!

Joining me on the last program was another fantastic and well known celebrity YouTuber, BruskPoet, who was also witness to all of the hype that happened. With these two highly skilled players developing a rivalry at an extremely fast rate, one could only imagine what will happen on the next episode? Stay tuned, because we're going to announce our guest host in a few more days for the next episode! If you want to see the whole recap from our last show, you can watch it live right here: