Mortal Kombat 2 is well underway. After the reboot found a lot of success on HBO Max last year, Warner Bros. opted to make a sequel to the R-rated video game adaptation. Now, writer Jeremy Slater (Moon Knight) revealed that they are about halfway through the process. The Direct recently spoke with Slater, who had this to say about it.
“It’s really fun so far. We’re about halfway through the script. I’m working really closely with the director and the studios, and the game guys, and I think—I can’t say anything about the actual story, but I think they definitely learned some lessons the last time around in terms of, ‘Here’s the stuff fans responded to, and here’s what people liked out of the movie, and here’s the stuff that didn’t work out as well as we hoped.’ So we’re really looking at this as a chance to take everything that worked in the first one and do it even better and give the audience even more, and make something that is just incredibly satisfying, and really exciting, and unpredictable.”
There is no word yet on casting for the sequel, which was confirmed earlier this year. Simon McQuoid made his feature directorial debut with 2021’s Mortal Kombat. James Wan, director of Aquaman, was on board as a producer. Slater, meanwhile, is taking over scripting duties from Greg Russo, who penned the reboot. Dave Callaham of Wonder Woman 1984 fame also worked on it, with Oren Uziel cooking up the story. But now it falls to Slater to guide the franchise into the future.
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?”
Mortal Kombat did modest business at the box office, taking in $83 million worldwide. However, it remains the most-watched premiere ever on HBO Max. It debuted on the streaming service on the same day that it arrived in theaters. It has not yet been confirmed but it is believed this movie will debut exclusively on HBO Max.
Mortal Kombat 2 does not currently have a release date.