Possible new details about New Line’s upcoming Mortal Kombat film reboot have surfaced that suggest it could be taking a different approach to the iconic game series’ story.
According to a recent report from That Hashtag Show, unlike Paul W. S. Anderson’s campy 1995 Mortal Kombat, the Warner Bros. reboot will supposedly not focus on Liu Kang and his journey to get revenge on his brother’s killer. Instead, the film might follow a brand-new character named Cole Turner, a “struggling and widowed boxer who cares more about his young daughter than anything.”
The pop culture site also revealed a few surprising changes to the immortal thunder god and protector of Earth realm, Raiden. In the description of the iconic character, it was suggested he will be portrayed as a 14-year-old boy named Jin. Similar to the addition of Cole, it’s unclear why such a drastic change could be made to the series’ characters.
Joining Jin and Cole in the “fantastical tournament” will be a few well-known and less recognizable fighters from the Mortal Kombat franchise, including Kano, Sonya Blade, Mileena, Jax, Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Shang Tsung, Drahmin, Kabal, Nitara, and Reiko.
While the list of fighters seems strange—not least for its lack of Scorpion and Sub Zero—the film’s screenwriter, Greg Russo, recently confirmed this list isn’t final. As seen in the tweet below, Russo wrote that That Hashtag Show’s report was “based off an older version of the script,” and revealed in another tweet that some of the characters have been cut and omitted.
And… DEEP BREATH, everyone. 1) This is NOT the full list of characters. 2) This is BASED off an older version of the script and lastly 3) 全蠍人 & 絶対零度 Forever 😉 https://t.co/xN7ROFA4wm
— Greg Russo (@WriterRusso) July 10, 2018
While it’s difficult to predict if the changes to Raiden and the introduction of a new protagonist will work for the upcoming reboot, it seems nothing is set in stone. Despite announcing Simon McQuoid as the director in late 2016, New Line and Warner Bros. haven’t greenlit production. Russo previously revealed the script is complete, but no other progress has been made. Overall, fans shouldn’t get too attached to possible details, such as this recent character list, as many areas of the film will likely change once (or if) production begins.
Source: That Hashtag Show