Sorry, guys. It looks like we will have to wait a little longer for the long-awaited adaptation of the film Mortal Kombat for GET OVER HERE! The next video game movie rated for minors was originally due to be released in March of this year, but has been postponed by Warner Bros. to April 16 as part of a reshuffle of the studio’s programming due to the pandemic COVID-19 that wreaked havoc in cinemas. Now Deadline revealed that WB is delaying Mortal Kombat again … but only for a week!
The bloody action movie is now set to open in theaters and on HBO Max in the United States on April 23, 2021. This is not too disturbing. In fact, a delay of just a week is a little strange, as production problems should have affected it much more severely. So why did the WB make a small leap? Well, you can blame a certain angry lizard and monkey and their struggles.
As we reported on Monday, Godzilla vs. Kong had a grand opening at the international box office last weekend, thanks to a grand opening of $ 70.3 million in China. After just a few days, WB’s kaiju blockbuster currently stands at a total of $ 123.1 million, which already eclipses the entire international box office of Wonder Woman 1984, the studio’s last major blockbuster debut. Godzilla vs. Kong hits the US theaters and HBO Max later today, and while it is probably not as successful, simply because the US is still in a much worse position than some international markets when it comes to COVID-19, WB still wants to give the film every opportunity possible to maintain that momentum and win that moola.
And that means not competing with yourself having Mortal Kombat facing Godzilla vs. Kong just two weeks after the last one was released. Especially since Mortal Kombat has a huge hype at the moment with its debut trailer, breaking audience records for trailers rated as minor when it was released. It can be argued, however, that Mortal Kombat’s ultraviolent action would guarantee that there would be separate audiences for these two films, but there is definitely a huge overlap of fans. After all, whether it’s giant radioactive monsters punching themselves or supernatural ninjas punching themselves, we just like to watch movies about punching, okay ?!
Mortal Kombat is being directed by Simon McQuoid and penned by Greg Russo and Dave Callaham. The film stars Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson, Tadanobu Asano, Mehcad Brooks, Ludi Lin, Chin Han, Joe Taslim, and Hiroyuki Sanada. Here’s the official synopsis.
In Mortal Kombat, MMA fighter Cole Young, accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his family’s heritage – or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade at the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking that Cole was born with. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden, an Elder God and protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao, and rogue mercenary Kano, as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe. But will Cole be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana – the immense power from within his soul – in time to save not only his family, but to stop Outworld once and for all?