The 2021 Mortal Kombat movie dared to answer an incredible question of cinema: What if you created a movie that was just a fight scene every five minutes? New Line Cinema has evidently decided that this is a brilliant formula worth repeating because, per Deadline, a Mortal Kombat 2 movie is happening with Jeremy Slater attached as the writer. Slater was head writer of the upcoming Disney+ Marvel Cinematic Universe series Moon Knight, which stars Oscar Isaac and got its first trailer recently.
Slater is working or has worked with Mortal Kombat movie producer James Wan on a few separate occasions already, so it makes sense that he would write Mortal Kombat 2. However, apparently no one besides Slater is confirmed for this sequel right now, so we don’t know who’s actually attached to the project. The first film had a large cast, even subtracting the ones who wound up dead by the end of the film, and there are many more characters still to choose from. (Johnny Cage is all but confirmed.) Since there are no plot details yet, it’s anyone’s guess what shape the sequel will take and whether it will directly continue from what the original established.
Simon McQuoid did a great job of directing the mindless, middle school-esque nonsense of the first Mortal Kombat movie though, so I really think he’s earned the opportunity to return to direct Mortal Kombat 2. What do you hope to see in this inevitably ultra-violent Mortal Kombat sequel?