Conventional wisdom is that if you make a video game movie, it will be mediocre at best or an abomination at worst. Detective Pikachu laid a bit of groundwork recently in changing that, but there’s still a long road ahead. However, one of the few video game movies a lot of people actually did like was 1995’s Mortal Kombat. That might be a good omen for the upcoming Mortal Kombat movie reboot, which has just gotten an updated release date: Jan. 15, 2021, sooner than the original date of March 5, 2021.
Seemingly no explanation for the release date shift has been provided, possibly just a case of studio housekeeping. In any case, fans have reason to look forward to the film. Shooting began back in September, and it will be rated R and feature Fatalities. Comparatively, the original film was rated PG-13 and had some campy elements (which, again, still resulted in an enjoyable movie).
Most of the cast for the new Mortal Kombat movie was announced back in September as well, including Power Rangers‘ and Aquaman‘s Ludi Lin as Liu Kang and The Raid: Redemption‘s Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero. On paper, it really feels like this movie could work. In just over a year, we’ll know for sure.