In 2021, the pandemic shifted the way most studios released titles. While many continued to push out releases, Warner Bros. attempted a new release strategy by shifting its entire theatrical slate to a day and date release that saw the film’s debut on HBO Max, alongside theaters. One of those films was the highly anticipated Mortal Kombat reboot. While the film didn’t smash any box office records with just $83.8 million worldwide, it did perform well on HBO Max, pulling in 3.8 million streams during its debut weekend. This led many to question whether or not Mortal Kombat would receive a sequel.
Thankfully, it appears the story isn’t over yet. Deadline is reporting that New Line is officially moving forward with a sequel to the 2021 film. Jeremy Slater, who most recently worked on Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight, has been tapped to write the script for the sequel. Producer Todd Garner and Lewis Tan have confirmed that they will return for the sequel.
The first film saw the introduction of an original character Cole Young, revealed to be a descendant of Hanzo Hasashi, aka Scorpion. Cole is recruited to help repel the forces of Shang Tsung, who has sent his fighters to Earthrealm to kill Raidens champions so that Outworld will be able to secure its tenth victory in the Mortal Kombat that it can invade Earthrealm. With a sequel on the horizon, it looks as if we could see that Johnny Cage tease come to fruition.
Mortal Kombat 2 currently has no set release or director and, outside of Tan, it’s unknown just cast members will be returning.