After the success of the first film, Simon Mcquoyd officially returns to directing Mortal Kombat 2. Mcquoyd directed the first part of the reboot of the Warner Bros film franchise based on the video fighting games Midway Games. The film Mortal Kombat explores the origin story of Cole Young, a character created specifically for the film, when he learns about his hidden legacy of the descendant of the ninja Hanzo Hasashi, also known as Scorpio, and about his destiny to protect the Earthly Kingdom from the evil sorcerer Shana. Tsung and his forces of the Outside World.
Lewis Tan directed the cast of Mortal Kombat as Cole along with Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Josh Lawson as Kano, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, Mehkad Brooks as Jax, Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Chin Han as Shang Tsung, Max Huang as Kung Lao, Joe Taslim in the role of Bi-Khan/Sub-Zero and Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpio. Mcquoyd directed the first “Mortal Kombat” based on a script by Greg Russo and Shang-Chi, as well as Dave Callaham from The Legend of the Ten Rings based on a story treatment by Russo and Oren Uziel. At the beginning of 2021, Mortal Kombat, released simultaneously in theaters and HBO Max, received more positive reviews than Paul W.S. Anderson’s 1995 film was a modest commercial success, grossing over $84 million with its production budget of $55 million, and also became a hit for HBO Max.
Six months after “Moon Knight” creator Jeremy Slater was brought in to work on the script, Deadline reported that Warner Bros. attracted Simon Mcquoyd for the production of “Mortal Kombat 2”. The Australian director made his directorial debut on the first film adaptation of the fighting. a video game that has become a hit for rental and viewing. Sources report that the executives not only quickly included the sequel in development, but also made Mcquoyd’s return as a director a priority.
Given that the first Mortal Kombat movie was criticized for its script and characters, confirmation that Mcquoyd will return to direct Mortal Kombat 2 with a new script from Moon Knight creator Jeremy Slater should be a positive sign for those who enjoyed the 2021 reboot. Critics and audiences generally praised the film’s direction, visuals, and action sequences, and they were all hailed mainly for preserving the dynamic and bloody nature of the original video games. It should also be an encouraging sign that sources are reporting that McQuaid’s return was a top priority for Warner Bros. During the development of Mortal Kombat 2, leaving fans of the first film more hopeful than Paul W.S. Anderson’s 1995 sequel, Mortal Kombat, Annihilation, in which John R. Leonetti took over, most of the cast was replaced, and critics and viewers tore it apart.
Now that Mcquoyd is about to return to directing Mortal Kombat 2, and Slater has been working on the script for six months, the studio seems to be close to starting production on a sequel. What will be interesting to see is how many of the original cast returned for Mortal Kombat 2, many of whose characters were killed in the first film, just because of Shang Tsung Chin Han’s hint that death would only be the beginning for enemies, and since games often bring characters back to life, it seems possible that the entire list of stars can come back. While viewers are waiting for further details about the sequel, they can already stream the first McQuoid movie on Mortal Kombat on HBO Max.