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Mortal Kombat movie producer Todd Garner would "love to see" the franchise blossom into a multi-faceted TV series and movie franchise, that explores the intricate lore of the video game series.
When you say it out loud, Mortal Kombat seems like a no-brainer for something akin to how the Marvel Cinematic Universe handles all their characters. Or how Star Wars is branching out into more spin-offs following the huge success of The Mandalorian. Come to think of it, pretty much anything that Disney is doing right now is turning to gold.
You've got hundreds of beloved characters steeped in lore, multiple timelines and realms in which to set stories, and Johnny Cage, who's Johnny Cage.
Speaking to GAMINGbible in a recent interview, Garner explained why we won't be seeing Cage in the upcoming movie. "Well, Johnny Cage is a great character, and he is an important character, and he's a really fun character and he deserves to be treated as such. And when you look at Johnny Cage with his ego and his flashiness, and you look at Kano, they have a similar thing, and we didn't want to muddy the waters in terms of those two competing. So we have great plans for Johnny Cage. He's not somebody that you can just throw into an ensemble movie and expect him to shine. So we have big plans for him coming up."
That certainly sounds like they've got more films in the pipes to me. A point which Garner also spoke about with Eurogamer, where he confirmed he'd love to see exactly that.
"The dream is to sit down with Ed [Boon] and John [Tobias] and Warner Bros. and Simon [McQuoid, Mortal Kombat's director] and the writers and look at a board with all of the characters on it and do what Marvel was able to do, which is to map out intelligently a series of movies and things to tie all the characters together and give them all their due.
"I mean, for me, personally, I would love to see a nine-hour series of the monks. And I would love to see a series about Jax and Sonya Blade's time in the Special Forces. Maybe that movie would look like Black Hawk Down, and maybe the monk story would look like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
"To be able to give each character their own space and respect and really dig into their stories so that everybody who plays this game and our fans get a deep dive into each of the characters - that's the dream. Who knows what will happen? But there's so much rich IP there that we could go for a long, long time."
Mortal Kombat will release April 16th in US theatres and on HBO Max, with a UK release date to be confirmed soon.
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