Mortal Kombat fans will soon be getting the reboot both they and the long-running franchise deserve. The films of the 90s were truly awful in my opinion, it was like whoever made the films had never played the games and didn’t care to learn about them.
With the reboot on the way, writer Greg Russo has been given the monumental task of choosing which of the 70 characters to include in the story. Back when the original Mortal Kombat movie came out, there were only a handful of characters, at least in comparison to now and the assignment laid before writer Greg Russo.
Russo recently spoke with Comicbook.com and talked about his dilemma, you can check out what he had to say below.
“One of the trickiest things I think with adapting the properties are there are so many characters, right? I mean there are, I think there’s 70 something characters in this, and we don’t have the ability to stagger these films like the [Marvel Cinematic Universe] does, right? We can’t do a Sonya movie and then do a Liu Kang movie. So we’re forced right into Avengers mode off the bat.”
“So when that happens from a story perspective, you’re naturally going to have to juggle a lot of different characters, and you’ll realize very soon that you only have so much room in, what’s hopefully, story one… So you only have so much room. And what one of the hardest things has been from a writing standpoint is saying, ‘OK, who makes sense for this first film? And who makes more sense for what would be maybe a subsequent chapter of this world?”
Well, if you ask me, a long-time fan who one day walked into the local arcade to play Street Fighter II and found Mortal Kombat at around the age of 12, there better be a blue and yellow ninja, an eletricity enthusiast, a female special operative, a mercenary, a Shaolin monk, and a sun glasses-adorned celebrity.
I’m not saying you can’t throw Jax and Kung Lao in there, but the original seven should be part of this first story. Start simple, start with the core of what made the game rise to the popularity it enjoys today. Hopefully, the film will be well received enough to create a Mortal Kombat Cinematic Universe and future writers will be able to incorporate more and more characters along the way.
Which MK characters do you think should be included? Let us know in the comments down below!
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