'Mortal Kombat' Reboot Release Date, News & Updates: Finally Found Its New Director, Simon McQuoid

By R. A. Jayme - 21 Nov '16 09:36AM

Simon McQuoid has been tapped to direct New Line's big screen reboot of Mortal Kombat. McQuoid have directed commercials for both PlayStation and "Halo," according to Variety.

James Wan known for his direction for "The Conjuring" and "Aquaman" is set to produce the film alongside Michael Clear, Todd Garner, and Jeremy Stein. The most recent draft of the script was written by Greg Russo.

"The key here is to try and do it right," Wan previously told us about the film. "I don't want to rush into it. So right now, we're just trying to take our time to make sure it's heading in the right direction. I think that's more important than trying to rush through it and pump up something that no one likes. I love the characters. I think they're such colorful characters. It's such an amazing take on, basically, Enter the Dragon. It's that fantasy version, the video game version, of Enter the Dragon," Wan told Coming Soon.

 "Mortal Kombat" rose to popularity as a video game. It was developed by Midway Games and released in 1992. The storyline sees a diverse range of fighters hailing from eighteen different realms become pitted against one another in an epic tournament. A series of sequels followed the original game with the most recent, "Mortal Kombat X", being released last year.

Two "Mortal Kombat" movies have already been released. The first, simply titled "Mortal Kombat," was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and saw release in 1995. It was followed two years later with a sequel, "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation." Due to popular demand, two television series were also created: the animated "Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm" and the live-action "Mortal Kombat: Konquest." Two web series have been released based on the property as well from director Kevin Tancharoen.

The new movie will follow a male protagonist who becomes drawn into the interdimensional tournament, and who begins to realize his true potential as a result of the experience.

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