news culture Mortal Kombat 2 the movie: the screenwriter speaks out against the discontent of the fans
Released nearly a year ago, the cinematic reboot of Mortal Kombat was far from unanimous. Despite unconvincing results, the production gave the green light for a sequel already in the works. In order to reassure fans of the license, the screenwriter of this new opus spoke at length during an interview.
A deadly result at the Box Office
Mortal Kombat and cinema is a somewhat strange love story that has lasted for many years. The license is one of the most represented games in the seventh art, for better or for worse. If the adaptation of Paul WS Anderson is still so popular with fans today, it is above all because it perfectly synthesizes the Nanardesque side of the different opuses. As we know, Mortal Kombat games have always paid homage to the most cult martial arts films. The two industries therefore pass the buck in turn despite a fairly uneven quality.
With the constant success of the games of the license over the years, the film studios logically had the idea of relaunching the cinematographic adaptations. This is why in 2021 hemoglobin lovers were entitled to a new film supposed to revive the machine. More serious than before, this new vision has, despite all the goodwill in the world, not really been able to seduce. With 83 million dollars in Box Office revenue against 55 million dollars of budget excluding promotion, Simon McQuoid’s film made a splash. Fans were ultimately unconvinced by this reboot, a result which did not prevent Warner and New Line from giving the green light for the development of a sequel.
Mortal Kombat 2 to finish the spectators?
If public dissatisfaction has been widely heard through the low scores of the first film, Warner still intends to exploit the vein for at least one more sequel. On this subject, Jeremy Slater, the screenwriter of this new opus, spoke at length. For him, the development teams have understood the message.
It’s been great fun so far. We’re about halfway through the script. I work closely with the director and the studios, the creators of the games and I think – I can’t say anything about the story, but I think they really learned their lesson last time and said “this is what what the fans reacted to, that’s what the audience liked and that’s what didn’t work out the way we hoped.” So we really see this new opportunity as a chance to be able to keep what worked with the first film, to do even better and give more to the audience, and to do something that is really incredibly satisfying and exciting and unpredictable.
The screenwriter, who has worked on the Marvel Cinematic Universe several times, further specifies that this sequel will logically “not have the same tone as the MCU” but that it will contain “some of its sensitivity”. He hopes to be able to grasp the “bizarre” universe of Mortal Kombat.
It’s Mortal Kombat. We have people ripping heads off and breathing fire – it’s a weird universe. Let’s take this weirdness and make a Mortal Kombat movie that nobody expects, that will surprise everyone. We are still very early in this process, but I am having a blast with this scenario (…).
If Jeremy Slater’s passion is enough to make you enthusiastic, we will have to wait to see the final result to be delighted with this new film, which is not necessarily highly anticipated as it stands.