“I’m really happy and excited to be bringing another show back to Australia with Mortal Kombat, especially after having such a great experience filming Aquaman,” said Mortal Kombat‘s producer James Wan. “Now we get to experience South Australia with its scenic locations and a wealth of artistic talent to work with. It will be perfectly suited for this fantasy-action project.”
Directing is Australian Simon McQuoid, who has been behind some of the world’s biggest commercials, and steps into his first feature directing gig with the blockbuster.
“Having lived in Adelaide early in my career, I am thrilled to be back in South Australia to make my directorial debut with Mortal Kombat,” he said. “We need many different elements for its success and have found them all right here — the uniquely beautiful landscapes, the outstanding world-class stage facilities and VFX houses, and the brilliant artists and technicians from across the filmmaking community. I’m grateful to the Premier and people of South Australia for having us, we’re all very excited to be here.”
Based on the ’90s arcade game, Mortal Kombat has been adapted into feature film form before, with 1995’s Paul W.S. Anderson’s a hit, and its 1997 sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation a dud. More recently, the web series, Mortal Kombat: Legacy enjoyed online popularity earlier this decade. The game itself continues its popularity, with Mortal Kombat 11 released in April this year.
According to South Australian Premier Steven Marshall, the new feature film will create an estimated 580 jobs and 1,500 extras employed, along with some AUD $70 million injected into the South Australian economy. Not only will the production engage local crews, the post production companies in South Australia will also be employed.
“Brought to life by Australian creative talent working in partnership with US studios, Mortal Kombat will be a boon for South Australia and a massive shot in the arm for our industry and Adelaide Studios, delivering unprecedented screen spend into the state and a huge number of jobs for South Australians,” said Courtney Gibson, CEO of South Australian Film Corporation & Adelaide Studios.
Now, the only question remains, who will Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannell play in the film?