While fans have gotten the chance to re-immerse themselves in the world of Mortal Kombat in the recently released Mortal Kombat 11, the cinematic reboot of the fighting game franchise is expected to begin pre-production this month in Australia.
Australian government officials Steven Marshall and David Psioni and production consultant Greg Basser confirmed the film is expected to begin principal photography in Adelaide Studios' Sound Stages soon as the production assembles its crew to begin constructing sets for the film and visual effects teams for its action.
"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," Premier of South Australia Steven Marshall declared in a statement to Variety. "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."
For producer James Wan, the Australian location had been a welcome experience while filming Aquaman, with the prolific filmmaker looking to take advantage of the location's tax incentives and further the studio's working relationship with the country.
"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,” Wan explained.
The adaptation is being produced by Wan through New Line Cinema, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. The screenplay is written by Greg Russo and marks the feature directorial debut of Simon McQuoid. However, no cast or release date has been announced by New Line at this time.