Aussie Director Eyed for James Wan-Produced ‘Mortal Kombat’ Movie


An Australian director is in talks take the helm of a new Mortal Kombat movie set up at New Line Cinema.

Director James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring, Furious Seven) is attached to produce a reboot of Mortal Kombat, and Simon McQuoid is being eyed as director.

McQuoid is known for directing commercials, high-end promos for companies such as HP, Taco Bell and Samsung. He’s an in-demand director, and has earned himself a slew of awards for his work. If he does sign on that dotted line for Mortal Kombat, we could have another strong filmmaking export on our hand. Check out two of his ads below.

The most recent screenplay draft for the new Mortal Kombat movie has been penned by Greg Russo, who’s also attached as the screenwriter of New Line’s in-the-works hurricane disaster project Category 6. Also producing the film are Michael Clear for Atomic Monster, and Todd Garner and Jeremy Stein under their Broken Road banner. Lawrence Kasanoff is on board as executive producer.

The Mortal Kombat video game franchise was first adapted for the screen by director Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil franchise). The ’95 film Mortal Kombat didn’t do well with the critics, but it did okay financially, earning $US122.1 million at the worldwide box office. The sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, basically stalled the cinematic brand, earning just $US51.3 worldwide.

Story source: Variety