Mortal Kombat Director Simon McQuoid Interview

It’s time once again for Mortal Kombat as a new film arrives based on the wildly popular, wildly violent video game franchise. Like the games and the previous films, the new movie centers on fighters from our world must battle enemies from another dimension with the fate of Earth in the balance.

The filmmaker tackling Mortal Kombat this time is Simon McQuoid, making his feature debut. In an interview with /Film, McQuoid talks about how he approached the material as someone who was initially not very familiar with the games, and spoke about the freedom in having bloody, R-rated fight scenes.

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The first thing you’re going to notice about the new Mortal Kombat movie is that it’s bloody. When the original Mortal Kombat game arrived on home entertainment systems in the 1990s, fears of an overabundance of violence in video games resulted in a censored version that took out all the blood and gore that made the arcade version famous. However, by using a simple cheat code – nicknamed the blood code – players could unlock the uncensored version of the game, and unlock all the blood with it. With the new Mortal Kombat movie, it’s almost as if the filmmakers have implemented a blood code of their own, because there are geysers of the red stuff flowing left and right, practically exploding out of people’s bodies as they’re cut down in the midst of fast-paced fights.

But all this blood and gore is leading to something grand. As Mortal Kombat director Simon McQuoid puts it, the end result will be a film that’s “epic, brutal, beautiful” and “sort of tasteful.”

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Mortal Kombat Motion Posters

Mortal Kombat is coming to theaters and HBO Max this spring as part of Warner Bros. Pictures’ groundbreaking new release strategy for all their 2021 feature films. Though we’ve seen some photos and brief snippets of footage courtesy of the studio’s tease for this year’s releases, fans are still waiting for the first trailer. Thankfully, they won’t be waiting much longer since the first Mortal Kombat trailer will finally arrive tomorrow. But before that, a batch of Mortal Kombat motion posters introduces the roster of fighters who will be facing each other in the big screen video game adaptation. Read More »

New Mortal Kombat Movie Release Date

A new crack at adapting the fighting video game Mortal Kombat for the big screen has been in the works for years. Now the project finally sounds like it’s becoming a reality. Not only did South Australia Premier Steven Marshall earlier this month that the film would shoot in Adelaide, Australia later this year, but Warner Bros. Pictures has given the new Mortal Kombat movie a spring 2021 release date. Read More »

‘Mortal Kombat’ Movie Gets a Director

Mortal Kombat Movie Director

A new Mortal Kombat movie has been in development for a few years already without much to show for it, to the point where it was easy to forget a Mortal Kombat movie was in development at all. But in recent months, we started hearing rumblings that the film was getting back on track. And now today, it’s taking a giant leap forward. Commercials director Simon McQuoid has been set to direct the video game adaptation, which is being produced by James Wan for New Line.
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