Mortal Kombat movie comes to theaters & HBO Max in April 2021

Mortal Kombat movie release date April 16, 2021 theaters HBO Max Simon McQuoid James Wan Todd Garner Greg Russo Warner Bros. NetherRealm Studios IMAX

Efforts to bring Mortal Kombat back to the silver screen have been ongoing for closer to a decade, and just as the finish line seemed in sight, COVID delays threw one more banana peel into the production. However, it looks like we have a genuine, final release date this time around. The Mortal Kombat movie has a new release date of April 16 simultaneously in movie theaters and on streaming platform HBO Max.

To the uninitiated, the idea of this movie coming to HBO Max at the same time as theaters might sound outrageous and out of nowhere. But actually, it’s just part of a previous announcement by Warner Bros. that its entire slate of 2021 films will be simultaneously opening in theaters and on HBO Max. The stipulation is that these new releases are only planned to stay on HBO Max for about a month after release, so, for example, you won’t be able to fire up HBO Max in December 2021 and watch every new movie released by Warner Bros. in that year.

This new Mortal Kombat movie is directed by Simon McQuoid, produced by James Wan and Todd Garner, and written by Greg Russo, and it has a large cast of characters to perform fatalities on each other. Indeed, Russo stated last year that the film would be rated R and feature fatalities, so the hope is that this just might provide the definitive Mortal Kombat film experience. A trailer has yet to materialize though.

Where are you hoping to watch this movie in 2021?


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!