Mortal Kombat Returning To The Big Screen
If ever there was a signature cult film heralded in the annals of Geekdom – it was 1995’s Mortal Kombat. Following on the heels of competing property, Street Fighter (1994), starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. With a modest 18 million dollar budget, Mortal Kombat was applauded a success when it achieved over $122 million at the Box Office. Unfortunately, the sequel that followed bearly made ends meet.
Despite all this, New Line Cinema and the State Of South Australia announced earlier today that a new film in the hit game franchise. Boasting Aquaman director James Wan, who will be producing the effort. Pre-production is slated to commence later this month.
Creating over 500 Jobs for South Australia
Confirmation of the project came earlier today from Premier of South Australia, Steven Marshall; David Pisoni, South Australia’s minister for innovation and skills; and former Village Roadshow executive Greg Basser (“The Whistleblower,” “Passengers”), who is acting as production consultant.
The video-game adaptation film is expected to use the Adelaide Studios’ Sound Stages, use Australian crews, and do post-production and visual effects work in the state. Marshall said that “Mortal Kombat” will create an estimated 580 jobs and 1,500 extras employed, along with $49 million (A$70 million) injected into the South Australian economy.
The film is expected to be able to access a combination of federal and state incentives, though the value of these were not specified. South Australia offers a 10% rebate for production and post-production spending. “The Australian federal government has a robust series of incentives that encourage film and TV production, and certainly that has been a factor in planning for ‘Mortal Kombat’ to be Australian-made,” national body Screen Australia confirmed.
A Win For All Parties Concerned
“’Mortal Kombat’ will be the largest film production in South Australia’s history and highlights the importance of engaging with the world’s major production houses,” said Marshall. “The state government’s investment in ‘Mortal Kombat’ will enhance the scope and reach of our production and post production capabilities, bringing the promise of fantastic new jobs for the local film industry.”
South Australia “brings together all of the components we need to make an ambitious action film a success, and we applaud the South Australian Film Corporation for their role in attracting the production to their region,” said Katherine Beyda, executive vice president, physical production, New Line Cinema.
Wan said: “I’m really happy and excited to be bringing another show back to Australia with ‘Mortal Kombat,’ especially after having such a great experience filming ‘Aquaman.’”