Mortal Kombat has only been out for a few days, but the fans already ravenous for a sequel or two. Despite some decidedly mixed reviews, Warner Bros. live-action take on NetherRealm's brutal fighting series has been a definite victory - especially when you consider the typically low standards we all have for video game adaptations.
For the most part, Mortal Kombat is being hailed as a brutal and bloody adventure with some fantastic fight scenes. The plot doesn't make a ton of sense, but that's Mortal Kombat for you. The good news is that there's plenty of nonsensical carnage to come - that's according to writer Grego Russo, who has already teased plans for an entire trilogy.
Speaking to Collider, Russo explained that the crew wanted to focus on establishing Mortal Kombat for a new audience before going full MCU and sewing tons of seeds for the future. You may recall that 2020's Sonic The Hedgehog took a very similar approach, resisting the urge to tip in decades of lore in one go.
"Everybody was focused on movie one, right? You don't get a trilogy without it," Russo said. "But as a writer, you should never be painting yourself in a corner, that's my motto. You should always be thinking about 'Where can your story go even beyond the two hours - this is not a lot of time - that I have to tell this story? Where else can it go?' So I always saw it as leading up to something bigger.
"And so the idea then became, alright, we have a certain amount of characters we can fit, don't have the luxury of having individual movies of all these characters, I'm getting thrown right into Avengers mode, which is fun and a challenge. But I knew that there were other characters I just couldn't get in, and it actually didn't even make sense to bring in yet for the story. So then it became a matter of, 'Well, who's the big characters that we wanna save?' 'Cause you also don't wanna use everything."
Russo went on to outline his proposed three-act structure for Mortal Kombat. He explained that he saw the first movie as pre-tournament, the second as the tournament, and the third would be 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," he said.
While a sequel to Mortal Kombat has yet to be officially greenlit, Sub-Zero actor Joe Taslim recently confirmed that he's signed on for at least four more movies. That's not a guarantee they'll get made, but it's an encouraging sign that more fatalities are on the way.
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