In a nutshell: New Line Cinema, a subsidiary of Warner Bros., is moving forward with the sequel to Mortal Kombat, a 2021 reboot of the video game franchise of the same name. According to Deadline, Jeremy Slater has been hired to write the screenplay for Mortal Kombat 2. Slater was the head writer for Moon Knight, the upcoming Disney+ miniseries set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and also worked on The Umbrella Academy for Netflix.
The Mortal Kombat reboot premiered in theaters and on HBO Max in April 2021 at the height of the pandemic. It follows MMA fighter Cole Young as he joins others from Earth to fight the forces of Outworld for control of the universe.
There is no word yet on who will star in the film, which cast members may return after the reboot, or when filming is scheduled to begin.
Mortal Kombat was conceived by Ed Boon and John Tobais and debuted as an arcade fighting game from Midway in 1992. The game was controversial and innovative in equal measure, with lifelike digitized graphics, extreme violence, and levels of gore not seen before in video games.
He was partly responsible for creating the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) in 1994, but more importantly, he spawned a franchise that remains relevant to this day.