After last week's announcement of Joe Taslim as Sub Zero as the first actor for the upcoming
Mortal Kombat film, scriptwriter Greg Russo now comments on the way the film was made
and the possible age rating for the movie. Via Twitter he announced that Mortal Kombat will
get an R rating and that they want to show the brutal ways of death on the screen for the
first time. So in terms of brutality they don't want to be inferior to the video game template
in any way. Furthermore, this is a counter-trend to other cinema adaptations in the past,
which turned out to be much more gentle in order to reach a wider audience.
In any case, the highest priority should be to become more successful than the two film
predecessors of 1995 and 1997, as both flopped and received more than devastating
reviews, which was possibly also due to the lower age rating.
A R rating will also be in the interest of producer James Wan, who has had some success
with r rated movies like Conjuring and Saw.
An exact release date is not yet known, but a release in 2021 is considered to be likely.