Mortal Kombat 2 Creative Team Hears Fan Feedback, Says Writer

Mortal Kombat 2 writer Jeremy Slater says the creative team behind the movie is listening to fans’ reactions to the original film for the sequel.

Mortal Kombat 2 writer Jeremy Slater says the creative team is listening to fan reactions to the original film. Warner Bros. rebooted the adaptation of the iconic video game franchise in 2021, with Simon McQuaid directing. Taking a new, R-rated approach, Mortal Kombat focused on washed-up MMA fighter Cole Young (Lewis Tan) as he figures out his secret lineage. Young assembles a group of elite fighters to protect Earthrealm against Outworld, while facing off against the lethal assassin Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim). Mortal Kombat was released simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max in April 2021. It earned $83 million worldwide, becoming HBO Max’s most successful feature launch. Following this success, the studio announced that Mortal Kombat 2 was in development, with Moon Knight writer Slater penning the screenplay.


Although the new film sought to remedy the reputation of the film franchise after Paul WS Anderson’s universally panned 1997 film, Mortal Kombat: Annihilationthe Mortal Kombat reboot received mixed reviews from both fans and critics. While there was some praise for the thick action and the film’s faithfulness to its source material, including the reproduction of some iconic fight scenes, audiences were generally unimpressed by the joylessness of the Mortal Kombat screenplay, as well as the uncharismatic performances. However, heading into Mortal Kombat 2there are plans to solve the original movie’s problems.

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Now, in a new interview with Discussing FilmSlater reveals that Mortal Kombat two‘s creatives are paying attention to fan feedback on the 2021 movie. With the sequel currently in the early stages of development, the crew is hearing from viewers to see what worked and what didn’t in Mortal Kombatand they plan to use the response to make a movie that “tops the original in every way.” Slater also asserted that fans have many reasons to be excited about Mortal Kombat 2:

“The Mortal Kombat sequel is awesome. I’m having a ton of fun. I can’t really share any details about it, but we want to make something that the fans really love and I think it’s a really great creative team. They have been listening to the fan reactions and they know what fans loved about the first movie and what they didn’t. Everyone is creatively setting out to really make a sequel that tops the original in every way. We’re still very early in the process, but the fans should be really excited. It’s going to be awesome.”

Though it’s only in the early stages, Mortal Kombat 2 is already shaping up to be a thrilling project. The video games’ beloved protagonist and comic foil, Johnny Cage, will appear in Mortal Kombat 2. Both WWE’s The Miz and martial artist/actor Scott Adkins are interested in playing Cage. Additionally, the new movie will draw from the MCU’s sensibilities while being bloodier, quirkier, and more action-packed than its predecessor. There are also plans to make full use of Scorpion’s Fatality, with Sonya Blade actress Jessica McNamee hopeful that her character de ella will be explored in greater depth after being somewhat failed by Mortal Kombat. Of course, since Slater is only halfway done with the script, details are not concrete, but it appears that the team are working toward developing a more compelling and satisfying sequel.

While it bodes well for Mortal Kombat 2 that the team is actively taking fan response into consideration, they must also be mindful of opinions on the new storylines teased for the sequel. In particular, the 2021 movie retconned Johnny Cage’s origins from him, changing his story from him to being “the chosen one” instead of an outsider. Mortal Kombat 2 will need to reintroduce Cage as the same outcast and nonbeliever from the original games. Many characters and champions were also missing from Mortal Kombat. However, now that a tournament has been promised for Mortal Kombat 2, it would seem a missed opportunity if the sequel did not introduce warriors like Kotal Khan and Kitana. Finally, with the hunt for a new director still underway after McQuaid’s departure, Mortal Kombat 2 has the opportunity to hire a director who also truly loves the franchise and delivers a story that is both entertaining and game-accurate.

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Source: Discussing Film

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