15th May2019

James Wan’s ‘Mortal Kombat’ redux to shoot in Australia

by Phil Wheat


Based on the fantasy fighting video game launched in 1992, Mortal Kombat has spawned a number of spin-off games and films to become one of the most successful franchises in video game history.

New Line Cinema’s highly anticipated new version will be led by Australian Producer James Wan (Aquaman, The Conjuring films) and award-winning commercial filmmaker Simon McQuoid, who is also making his feature directorial debut.

Pre-production on Mortal Kombat will commence later this month with production later this year. The film will be shot on Adelaide Studios’ Sound Stages, utilising local crews and acting talent, with post-production in South Australia’s internationally acclaimed visual effects and post-production facilities. Wan said South Australia would be perfectly suited for the fantasy-action project:

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. Now we get to experience South Australia with its scenic locations and a wealth of artistic talent to work with.

Director Simon McQuoid, who lived in Adelaide early in his career, adds:

I am thrilled to be back in South Australia to make my directorial debut with Mortal Kombat. 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 film-making community.

Mortal Kombat is produced by Todd Garner (Isn’t It Romantic, Tag), with Larry Kasanoff (Mortal Kombat, True Lies), E. Bennett Walsh (Men in Black: International, The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Michael Clear (The Nun, Lights Out), and Sean Robins (Playing with Fire, Tag) executive producing. The current screenplay is by Greg Russo (the upcoming Highwaymen).


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