The Mortal Kombat movie is just around the corner and it looks like the gruesome fighting adventure that we all know and love. That being said, how does a movie reboot of this caliber honor longtime fans while also creating something special for those that may be unfamiliar with the fighting franchise? The Mortal Kombat movie director weighed in recently talking about exactly that and how the team worked hard to make the experience all-expansive regarding different types of viewers.
The theatrical release of the Mortal Kombat movie is just around the corner. We sat down with the producer and director of the film in March to talk about the struggles of game-to-film adaptations as well as finding ways to create an authentic Mortal Kombat experience where the action feels true to the franchise as a whole. Recently, ComicBook attended a press event where Director Simon McQuoid talked about expanding Mortal Kombat for new fans.
During the press event, McQuoid talked about what it was like staying true to what makes Mortal Kombat so beloved and how they tried to perfect the film in a way that makes life-long fans happy while also making new viewers excited for the extensive lore too.
“We really did consider the new fans a lot in this film, but we always felt that we could respect the fans and the material and not alienate anyone new,” McQuoid said. “We don’t really change anything fundamentally to try and pay service to new fans. It was like, ‘Come on the ride with us. The fans have been here before, and you’ll enjoy it.’ We wanted to actually expand it out to new people rather than change it to make it easier for new people. So, that was quite a fundamental point of view going in. But it’s like, ‘No, no, let’s expand it out so more people can enjoy the truth of what’s here rather than change that truth.'”
To get prepared for the launch, we recommend checking out our own Marcus’ Mortal Kombat Movie Ranking list so that you can try to figure out how the 2021 film compares to all the silver-screen adaptations that came before it.
Be excited, because the Mortal Kombat movie will be available to the general public very soon. It comes to theaters and HBO Max on April 16.