Get over here, Mortal Kombat fans as we’ve got some big news. Mortal Kombat 2 is officially in development at Warner Bros., continuing the version of the franchise that kicked off in 2021. According to Deadline, New Line is pressing on with a sequel and they’ve found a writer for the job.
Jeremy Slater has been tapped to pen the screenplay for Mortal Kombat 2. Slater recently served as head writer on Marvel’s Moon Knight series. While the show hasn’t arrived yet, his work impressed the studio enough to hand him the keys to this franchise. Some of his other credits include The Umbrella Academy and The Exorcist TV show. He also wrote an upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers.
Plot details currently remain under wraps for the sequel. The 2021 movie, directed by Simon McQuoid, never actually got a tournament of the realms. The heroes of the film managed to thwart the whole operation, at least for now. Though it seems safe to assume the iconic tournament of fighters from the various realms would be at the center of the follow-up. The film’s ending also set up the introduction of popular Mortal Kombat character Johnny Cage. That means, an actor will need to be cast to fill out that role. No names have emerged just yet.
Here is the synopsis for Mortal Kombat.
“MMA fighter Cole Young, accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage—or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade at the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden, an Elder God and the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark.
Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano, as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe. But will Cole be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana—the immense power from within his soul—in time to save not only his family, but to stop Outworld once and for all?”
Last year’s Mortal Kombat was released at a time when things were still uncertain at the box office. It topped out at just $83 million worldwide, which was well below original expectations. However, it was also released on HBO Max on the same day as its theatrical release in the U.S. On the streaming service, it ranked as one of the most-watched titles. That is very likely what convinced Warner Bros. to press forward with another entry in the franchise based on the video game of the same name.
There is no word yet on when production will begin. That said, it sounds like it’s in the relatively early stages. It also hasn’t been confirmed which cast members will return. Though it does seem somewhat fair to assume most of the core ensemble will be back.
Mortal Kombat 2 does not yet have a release date.