MORTAL KOMBAT Reboot To Feature More Realistic Violence Than The Games
Producer James Wan and director Simon McQuoid’s live-action Mortal Kombat is coming in January 2021. And today Mehcad Brooks aka new Jax Briggs says the new film will portray violence grounded in reality.
But no worries, Brooks also assured fans that Fatalities and signature moves will be included, alongside “a real story about real people that you can connect and identify with.”
Brooks tells podcaster Duncan Trussel: “When I approached Jax I was like okay, well, he’s an assassin, he’s a killer, and he kills monsters, so he has to be a monster. And I was stuck on this Ernest Hemingway quote, and I’m sure I’m gonna f**k it up, but it goes along the lines of ‘Once you’ve hunted and killed trained men long enough, you have very little taste for anything else in the world,’ and that’s who Jax is. That’s how I found this grounded realism in him. Who was he before he was hunting monsters?“
On top of Lewis Tan as an undisclosed lead character, this reboot’s cast includes Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Josh Lawson as Kano, Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Mehcad Brooks as Jackson ‘Jax’ Briggs, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, Sisi Stringer as Mileena, Chin Han as Shang Tsung, and Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion.
This reboot is said to center on a male protagonist who becomes drawn into the interdimensional tournament and begins to realize his true potential as a result.
Mortal Kombat marks award-winning commercial director Simon McQuoid’s feature directorial debut. He’s working from a screenplay written by Greg Russo. James Wan and Todd Garner are producing with Larry Kasanoff, E. Bennett Walsh, Michael Clear, and Sean Robins serving as executive producers. The flick will be unleashed on January 15, 2021.