It might’ve been the slightly inferior fighting franchise, but between it and Street Fighter, it was always Mortal Kombat who had the better film franchise (@ me if you must about either of those points, but you’ll be wrong).
An absolute staple of shitty late-night free-to-air TV, the original 1995 Mortal Kombat film is an absolute masterclass is cinematic crapulence, and a riotously entertaining time.
Plus it’s also got one of the greatest theme songs of all-time.
You’re much better off hitting play before you read the rest of this article, trust me.
The 1995 film was followed up by a profoundly shit sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation in 1997; a film so gut-wrenchingly fucked it proved once and for all that just because you can make a sequel to something, it doesn’t always mean you should.
In the 19-odd years that have passed since Annihilation hit cinemas to literally no acclaim, the film industry writ large has been mostly content to put a pin in the MK movie franchise; content in the knowledge that beat-em-up video games don’t exactly possess the narrative scope to shoulder an entire feature film.
Or, y’know, they were content to leave it the hell alone.
Back in 2011 New Line Cinema very quietly began tentative plans to reboot the franchise, or at the very least to shoot a third film for the franchise.
Now Christopher Lambert, who played Raiden in the original, has not only claimed that ‘Mortal Kombat 3‘ is officially a go, but he’s let slip a pretty loose-sounding plot concept.
Speaking to UK mag Loaded, Lambert stated that the third film will feature time travel and warping elements that sound, quite frankly, completely batshit insane.
“We are going to be travelling through time but in a very special way. So imagine characters having a battle in the middle of London and then whoosh, you smash through a window and find yourself on the hood of a New York cab.”
Which sounds utterly ridiculous, but if it means there’s a scene where Johnny Cage bashes Scorpion so bloody hard that they literally rip through time, I am ALL. FUCKING. IN.
‘Course this is all wild and rampant speculation at this stage, so whether or not the film actually gets up is anyone’s guess at this stage.
But hey! A guy can dream.