Mortal Kombat writer teases two further instalments

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Flawless victory or fatality for the Mortal Kombat videogame adaptation’s chances of a sequel? You decide, apparently.

The new movie adaptation of Mortal Kombat, the classic Midway tournament fighter seems to have pleased fans, with the film earning mostly positive reviews so far. Plus, the section that we have seen, the seven minute opening segment that depicts the origins of the bitter rivalry between series stalwarts Scorpion and Sub Zero, was certainly impressive.

The film is directed by Simon McQuid and written by Greg Russo, who is also currently working on developing Space Invaders, another video game adaptation. Russo has been chatting to (via Movieweb) about designing the film’s narrative around a trilogy structure. If you’ve been following the film’s much discussed story, you’ll know there are a couple of surprising omissions, one in terms of plot and one in terms of a certain popular character missing from the film’s ensemble.

This, according to Russo, was entirely intentional, with plans to introduce both and more in the film’s follow-up, should that happen.

Says Russo, “I’m hopeful. I’m hopeful. Fingers crossed that we can do more of this. I certainly… When I wrote this, I’ll 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 as a writer, we need to make sure that we leave ourselves places to go, that we don’t paint ourselves into any corners.”

Ultimately, Russo is clear that fans need to support the film if it is to have any chance of spawning a franchise, with viewing numbers in cinemas and in the US on streaming platform HBO Max being the final arbiter on whether a trilogy happens.

“There are places, there are worlds, there are characters and things that I would love to explore, but ultimately, that is up to the fans. It’s up to the viewers”, he says. “If an audience comes out, if they go to the theatre, if they watch the movie on HBO Max, it will send a message that Mortal Kombat is valuable, and hopefully more stories can be told. So I’ll leave that one up to the viewers.”

Presently, Mortal Kombat, is set to release on PVoD from the usual streaming outlets on the 6th May.

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