Expected to generate $70 million in expenditure, create 580 jobs and employ 1,500 extras, the actioner based on the popular videogame franchise will be the largest production to ever take place in South Australia.
Simon McQuoid is set to make his directorial debut with this new Mortal Kombat project with James Wan, director of the Aquaman movie, is set to produce it.
Variety reported the news, which received confirmation from the Premier of South Australia, Steven Marshall, and South Australia's Minister for Innovation and Skills, David Pisoni. "The Australian federal government has a robust series of incentives that encourage film and TV production, and certainly that has been a factor in planning for "Mortal Kombat" to be Australian-made", national body Screen Australia confirmed.
Wan said: "I'm really happy and excited to be bringing another show back to Australia with Mortal Kombat, especially after having such a great experience filming Aquaman". Additional producers include Todd Garner, Larry Kasanoff, E. Bennet Walsh, Michael Clear, and Sean Robins as executive producer.
No casting or plot details for the new Mortal Kombat were available at the time of writing, however there is long-running speculation Wan's involvement means the film is angling for a gorier, R-rated tone.
While we don't know the actors that will be appearing the Mortal Kombat movie reboot, a character list did leak a couple months ago. The character might be new, but that last bit should sound familiar - the Mortal Kombat tournaments are held as a means of defending our planet form the threat of an Outworld invasion.
The first Mortal Kombat movie, released in 1995, was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson who would go on to make the Resident Evil series.