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Mortal Kombat: 5 Ways The 2021 Movie Is Better (& 5 Ways The 1995 Movie Is Superior)

Mortal Kombat: 5 Ways The 2021 Movie Is Better (& 5 Ways The 1995 Movie Is Superior)
With Mortal Kombat rushing back to theater screens, it's only logical longtime fans would draw direct comparisons between Simon McQuoid's movie and the original 1995 film directed by Paul Anderson. After all, that was the first time Mortal Kombat ever hit the silver screen, and it occurred when so-called "Mortal Mania" was in full, albeit highly controversial swing.

Related: Mortal Kombat: Every Character From The 1995 Movie, Ranked

The 2021 Mortal Kombat film is much different than its predecessor, whether it's character introduction or overall story. With so many huge differences in scope, narrative, and of course, parental rating, it's a good time to take a look back and pit these two cinematic adaptations against each other to see which version scored better in particular areas.
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Why Rain Was Removed from the Mortal Kombat Reboot

Why Rain Was Removed from the Mortal Kombat Reboot
The new Mortal Kombat movie takes the mythology of the games it is based on very seriously. To that end, the film features many fan-favorite fighters from the games. The character of the ninja Rain was initially rumored to be in the film. But that rumor turned out to be only sort of true. In an interview with ComicBook.com, the writer of Mortal Kombat, Greg Russo, explained that the initial script for the film that he received did include Rain, but he decided to take out the character since he felt the script did not do him justice.

"Somebody talked about that Rain had been in... And he was. He was in a script at a certain point a long time ago. First of all, I was lobbying to remove it because I felt that he wasn't... I inherited that, and I felt like he wasn't done justice. And whenever
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Post and VFX companies fear Pdv Offset threshold change is ‘short-sighted’

Post and VFX companies fear Pdv Offset threshold change is ‘short-sighted’
The Federal Government’s impending media reforms have come under fresh scrutiny from the post-production sector, which is calling for a reassessment of the proposed changes to the Post, Digital and Visual Effects (Pdv) Offset.

While the government backtracked on its initial plan to reduce the Producer Offset for feature films to 30 per cent last month at the behest of industry, there are still plans to double the minimum qualifying expenditure threshold to $1 million, both for that rebate and the 30 per cent Pdv Offset.

In the case of the latter, the move may alter the scope of work available.

Animal Logic CEO and Ausfilm deputy chair Zareh Nalbandian told If raising the minimum Pdv spend could be the difference between winning a project that was a “good stepping stone” for a growing business and “never getting past first base”.

“It is really short-sighted if we want to leverage the opportunity
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Mortal Kombat Director Teases Trilogy Plans, But Fans Can Only Make It Happen

Mortal Kombat Director Teases Trilogy Plans, But Fans Can Only Make It Happen
Hollywood is more reliant on franchises than ever before. Practically every major new live-action movie is meant to be the start of a new cinematic universe. The recently released Mortal Kombat is no exception. The writer of the film, Greg Russo confirmed to ComicBook.com that Mortal Kombat is meant to be the start of a new trilogy.

"I'm hopeful. I'm hopeful. Fingers crossed that we can do more of this. I certainly... When I wrote this, I'll tell you, I wrote it as a trilogy. I didn't write the trilogy, but I wrote it with a trilogy in mind. I always think as a writer, we need to make sure that we leave ourselves places to go, that we don't paint ourselves into any corners."

Although based on the iconic gaming franchise, Mortal Kombat does not feature the titular "Kombat", an interdimensional tournament where the strongest fighters from different realms
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Bo Report: ‘Wrath of Man’ knocks out ‘Mortal Kombat’

Bo Report: ‘Wrath of Man’ knocks out ‘Mortal Kombat’
In a clash of the actioners, Guy Ritchie’s Wrath of Man narrowly defeated Mortal Kombat at the box office last weekend, with the two titles driving almost half of all ticket sales.

Distributed by Studiocanal, Ritchie’s latest Jason Statham-starrer opened on $1.7 million from 389 screens, an average of $4,444. With previews, it sits on $1.8 million.

Co-written by Ritchie with Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies, the film is based on the 2004 French feature Cash Truck by Nicolas Boukhrief.

Statham plays H, hired by a cash truck company. During one job, the truck gets held up at gunpoint and he single-handedly deals with the robbers. Secretly, H is hunting for the people who murdered his son during a similar robbery, and plans to use his new position to set traps for every would-be robber in the city until he finds his son’s killers.

The film is yet to be released in the US and UK,
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‘Mortal Kombat’ Featurette Looks at the Creation of the Fantastical, Bloody Fight Scenes

‘Mortal Kombat’ Featurette Looks at the Creation of the Fantastical, Bloody Fight Scenes
Mortal Kombat is out in theaters and on HBO Max, and if you’re wondering how director Simon McQuoid brought the video game action to life, a new featurette digs into the creation of the fight scenes. They didn’t even need to use a player’s guide to pull off the killer combos. Mortal Kombat Featurette Even […]

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Mortal Kombat Reboot Originally Had a Much Different Johnny Cage Tease

Mortal Kombat Reboot Originally Had a Much Different Johnny Cage Tease
Even though the recent release of a new live-action reimagining of Mortal Kombat was met with a positive response from audiences, the character that was most talked about was one that did not even appear in the film. The cocky Hollywood star fighter Johnny Cage was conspicuous by his absence, and only showed up from the neck down in a poster at the end of the movie, as a teaser for a sequel. The co-writer of Mortal Kombat, Greg Russo, explained to Collider that an effort was made to make Cage's poster a suitably big deal for the audience.

"Johnny's tease at the end, the button, it changed different ways. I remember there were different versions of it. That poster was something that the design team did, which I love. I picked 'Citizen Cage' 'cause I just thought that was hilarious. 'Fight For Your Rights.' So I picked that
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Mortal Kombat Fans Want a Sub-Zero Prequel and Joe Taslim Is Ready for It

Mortal Kombat Fans Want a Sub-Zero Prequel and Joe Taslim Is Ready for It
Simon McQuoid's Mortal Kombat is perfectly set up for a sequel, but many fans want to see more of Sub-Zero in a prequel. Played by Joe Taslim in the video game adaptation, Sub-Zero stood out as a highlight for many fans. His rivalry with Scorpion (Hiroyuki Sanada) has also been praised with some viewers left feeling there's still so much more left to tell with that particular story.

On social media, some fans have been asking for a Sub-Zero prequel, which could provide more backstory on the character and expand upon his feud with Scorpion. Over on twitter, one fan wrote after watching the Mortal Kombat movie: "Hi WB. Can I please had a prequel movie about Sub-Zero and Scorpion? Thank you."

Hi WB. Can I please had a prequel movie about Sub-Zero and Scorpion? Thank you. #MortalKombat

Dave Grimes (@DawnoftheDave87) April 25, 2021

"Just make a prequel that focuses on
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Noob Saibot's Arrival in Mortal Kombat 2 Teased by Sub-Zero Actor Joe Taslim

Noob Saibot's Arrival in Mortal Kombat 2 Teased by Sub-Zero Actor Joe Taslim
Sub-Zero actor Joe Taslim says we will "probably" see Noob Saibot if Mortal Kombat gets a sequel, adding that he hopes it happens because he definitely wants to play the character. This month, Mortal Kombat was released to great success at the box office and high viewership on HBO Max. The story also lends itself to a sequel, but Mortal Kombat 2 hasn't yet been greenlit by Warner Bros. Before we proceed, be aware that spoilers lie ahead.

Should a follow-up Mortal Kombat movie happen, Taslim is ready and willing to return. In the video game lore, Bi-Han/Sub-Zero has his soul transformed into Noob Saibot after he is killed by Scorpion. As Taslim plays the Bi-Han version of Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat, it seems only natural for the character to similarly become Noob Saibot in Mortal Kombat 2. In a new interview with THR, Taslim also says as much
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‘Mortal Kombat’ Star Joe Taslim on a Potential Sequel and Sub-Zero Prequel

‘Mortal Kombat’ Star Joe Taslim on a Potential Sequel and Sub-Zero Prequel
[This story contains spoilers for Mortal Kombat.]

After Mortal Kombat’s opening weekend victory at the domestic box office, Sub-Zero actor Joe Taslim can’t help but imagine future (and past) stories involving his character. The Indonesian actor and renowned martial artist was offered the role of Bi-Han/Sub-Zero out of the blue, fulfilling a childhood dream in the process. And even though the assassin met his demise in Simon McQuoid’s franchise relaunch, no one’s ever really gone in the Mortal Kombat universe as the video game franchise resurrected Sub-Zero into Noob Saibot.

“Yes, that’s the next transformation of the character,...
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/Filmcast Ep. 616 – Mortal Kombat (Guests: Tara Ariano and Daanish Syed)

/Filmcast Ep. 616 – Mortal Kombat (Guests: Tara Ariano and Daanish Syed)
David and Devindra are joined by friends of the show Tara Ariano and Daanish Syed to chat about the good, the bad, and the awkward of the Academy Awards. For the feature review, the cast watches Mortal Kombat, the directorial debut of Simon McQuoid. Follow Daanish on Twitter and follow Tara Ariano on Twitter. The Slashfilmcast is launching […]

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Ryan Reynold Transforms Into Johnny Cage for Mortal Kombat-Themed Mint Mobile Meme

Ryan Reynold Transforms Into Johnny Cage for Mortal Kombat-Themed Mint Mobile Meme
Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds thought of a fun way to respond to the recent Mortal Kombat casting rumors, essentially putting himself into the game to promote Mint Mobile. With fan favorite fighter Johnny Cage likely to appear in a possible sequel, there has been great discussion from Mortal Kombat fans over who is right for the role. One name that has come up with some fans is Reynolds, who has the right look and attitude for someone like Johnny Cage.

Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Ryan Reynolds posted a Gif of himself as Johnny Cage in the Mortal Kombat video game. Though he looks like Reynolds as Cage, he is representing Mint Mobile, the wireless company that has just earned a flawless victory over other "Big Wireless" competitors. The point is to tease how he would look as Cage while simultaneously promoting the company, which Reynolds purchased an ownership stake
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Mortal Kombat Writer Explains How the Next Two Sequels Will Play Out as a Trilogy

Mortal Kombat Writer Explains How the Next Two Sequels Will Play Out as a Trilogy
Now that the live-action reboot of Mortal Kombat has been released to critical and commercial acclaim, fans are eager to know where the budding franchise is headed. One major complaint has been that the movie does not feature the titular tournament. In an interview with Collider, the film's co-writer, Greg Russo, explained that was a deliberate choice, and the next two parts of an intended Mortal Kombat trilogy will deal with the tournament and its fallout.

"Movie one, we were always kind of setting this up as - well I was setting it up, it's basically in my head - I always saw [movie one] as pre-tournament, then [movie two is] hopefully tournament, then [movie three is] post-tournament. So the idea was that this was going to be a pre-tournament movie that would hopefully sow the seeds for the tournament, the final."

Unlike the Mortal Kombat movies that released in the '90s, which jumped straight into the
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Mortal Kombat Packs a Big Punch at Both the Box Office and HBO Max

Mortal Kombat Packs a Big Punch at Both the Box Office and HBO Max
The figures are in and Mortal Kombat has proven to be a K.O. for HBO Max. The viewer tracking application Samba TV has reported that thanks to the R-Rated video game adaptation, HBO Max has posted its most viewed weekend premier ever, clocking 3.8M U.S. households.

According to Samba TV, which polls HBO Max audiences in terrestrial TV homes, viewership of Mortal Kombat reached as high as 1.7M households per Samba TV on Friday, the day of its release. Overall it drew more viewers in its first weekend than Warner Bros./Legendary's Godzilla vs. Kong did in its first five days, which the third-party streaming monitoring service had down at 3.6M households.

Based on the figures provided by Samba it would also mean that Mortal Kombat was streamed more than Wonder Woman 1984 during its HBO Max premiere in December last year. Wonder Woman 1984 was the first Warner Bros.
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‘Mortal Kombat’ Stunt Coordinator Breaks Down the 5 Most Brutal Fight Scenes

‘Mortal Kombat’ Stunt Coordinator Breaks Down the 5 Most Brutal Fight Scenes
Stunt coordinator Kyle Gardiner worked with director Simon McQuoid and fight choreographer Chan Griffin to deliver the extreme fights in the “Mortal Kombat” movie. Combining signature moves with well-structured action, the stunt team had plenty to work with for this action-packed fantasy flick.

Free from the PG-13 boundaries applied to 1995’s enjoyably campy Paul W.S. Anderson-directed adaptation, this R-rated 2021 effort puts much more emphasis on the brutal nature of these bouts, complete with the gory fatalities this gaming franchise is known for.

With over a dozen combatants involved in nearly 20 different individual fights, it was important to add a unique element to every battle to keep from seeing the same thing over and over. As Gardiner explains, “There was a mood board for each fight, and it created a tone and a level of violence Simon was after, keeping the fights from blending into each other.”

It takes research to plan out any stunt,
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Some Mortal Kombat Fans Really Want Ryan Reynolds to Play Johnny Cage

Some Mortal Kombat Fans Really Want Ryan Reynolds to Play Johnny Cage
The long-awaited Mortal Kombat reboot finally arrived over the weekend. It was a big win for Warner Bros., as fans flocked to theaters and streamed it en masse on HBO Max. This to say, director Simon McQuoid's take on the ultra-violent video game was a hit. Should Mortal Kombat 2 end up happening (and there is a good chance it will), fans have begun putting forth their picks for Johnny Cage. A popular choice has emerged in the form of Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds.

Warning: mild spoilers ahead for Mortal Kombat. Though many fan-favorite characters from the games appear in the movie, Johnny Cage didn't make the cut. However, the end of the movie sees Cole Young (Lewis Tan) getting ready to make his way to Hollywood in search of a fighter to help protect Earthrealm in inevitable future conflicts. We then see a poster teasing the arrival of
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Kano Actor Wants James Marsden as Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat 2

Kano Actor Wants James Marsden as Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat 2
The Mortal Kombat cast has weighed in on who could play Johnny Cage in the potential sequel, and Kano actor Josh Lawson has nominated James Marsden. In the Mortal Kombat reboot, which was released in theaters and on HBO Max on Friday, Johnny Cage was nowhere to be seen. If a sequel ends up getting made, Johnny will more than likely arrive early into the next movie, given the way Mortal Kombat ends.

As of now, Mortal Kombat 2 doesn't yet have its greenlight, so the sequel is still not officially confirmed. Director Simon McQuoid has suggested that this will be up to the fans, but the movie's success at the box office over the weekend can only help its chances of getting a followup movie. Because of this, nobody has yet been cast in the role of the fan favorite fighter, leading to great speculation from fans as to just whom it might be.
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‘Mortal Kombat’ Set Was A Whole New World For Director

‘Mortal Kombat’ Set Was A Whole New World For Director
On the set of Mortal Kombat, director Simon McQuoid must have felt at times like he was a United Nations ambassador. Since a large part of the franchise’s box office over the years has come from the international markets, there was a concerted effort to bring in talent from all over the world to work […]

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‘Mortal Kombat’ Is A Ko For HBO Max, Says Samba TV

‘Mortal Kombat’ Is A Ko For HBO Max, Says Samba TV
For AT&T CEO John Stankey, it’s just another case of a “rising tide lifting all boats.”

Samba TV is reporting that HBO Max posted its most viewed weekend premier ever with New Line’s Mortal Kombat clocking 3.8 million U.S. households. Samba TV polls HBO Max audiences in terrestrial TV homes, and in this case, those who watched the Simon McQuoid directed R-rated movie for at least five minutes. Viewership peaked on Friday in 1.7M households per Samba TV. All in, Samba TV says that Mortal Kombat‘s first weekend drew more viewers than Warner Bros./Legendary’s Godzilla vs. Kong did in its first five days, which the third-party streaming monitoring service pegged at 3.6M households.

Pair this with the overperformance of Mortal Kombat at the weekend domestic box office. Heading into Friday, B.O. estimates were between $10M-$15M for the feature adaptation reboot of the Midway videogame.
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Sub-Zero's Return in Mortal Kombat 2 Teased, and It's Tied Directly to the Video Game

Sub-Zero's Return in Mortal Kombat 2 Teased, and It's Tied Directly to the Video Game
The long-awaited Mortal Kombat movie has finally been released, and fans of the game and action films in general are showing their love on social media. Joe Taslim has been singled out for special praise in the role of the villainous Sub-Zero. Director Simon McQuoid recently spoke to Variety about possible sequels, where the filmmaker explained that the lore of Mortal Kombat allows for various ways for dead characters to return to the central storyline, from reincarnation to alternate timelines.

"If you just look at the game, it's exactly what the game has done in a really interesting way. I think we can perhaps learn from [the games] and try to do something interesting - again, there's a big asterisk on all of this. I think the way they handle timelines and alternative iterations of the same character is really interesting. It doesn't always mean that character comes back, "Oh, I've been reincarnated.
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