Mortal Kombat 2 producer Todd Garner confirms when and where filming will take place. The film will serve as a sequel to 2021’s Mortal Kombat, which rebooted the film series after the critical and commercial failure of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation in 1997. The 2021 reboot film received largely mixed reviews, but performed moderately well at the box office alongside an HBO Max release. As a result, Warner Bros. officially greenlit a sequel in early 2022. Over a year later, the intended sequel is preparing to commence production.
Garner took to Twitter to confirm when Mortal Kombat 2 will begin filming and where it will take place. The news was first reported by Geek Vibes Nation, with Garner resharing and confirming their initial post.
Filming is set to start in June and will take place in Australia. This isn’t surprising as Mortal Kombat was also filmed in several locations across South Australia. Additionally, filming took about three months, meaning if Mortal Kombat 2 follows this timeline, it could wrap by September.
Everything We Know About Mortal Kombat 2 So Far
Mortal Kombat 2 still doesn’t have a tentative release date. However, now that filming will take place and most likely conclude this year, it could release sometime in 2024. Initially, many had hoped for a 2023 release date, but it seems filming didn’t commence quickly enough. Fortunately, there aren’t expected to be delays after Mortal Kombat 2 wraps filming. The first Mortal Kombat film ended up being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessity to shoot a few extra days in 2020. This is why the film didn’t release for nearly two years after production initially wrapped.
Meanwhile, several of Mortal Kombat‘s cast members have been confirmed to be returning for the sequel. Lewis Tan, Mehcad Brooks, Tadanobu Asano, Ludi Lin, Jessica McNamee, Joe Talisman, and Chin Han will all be returning for Mortal Kombat 2. No new cast members have been confirmed so far, but announcements may be forthcoming. Johnny Cage has been confirmed to appear in the film, meaning at least one new role is open. Rumors suggest that Joel McHale may be playing the role, though The Miz and Ryan Reynolds have also been rumored to be attached to the role.
Mortal Kombat‘s end set the stage for the sequel. Villain Shang Tsung (Han) is banished, but indicates plans to return someday with armies to win the Mortal Kombat tournament. Meanwhile, Cole Young (Tan) is tasked with recruiting new fighters for the next Mortal Kombat tournament, and Cage is the first recruit he sets out to find. Hence, the film is expected to show the actual Mortal Kombat tournament playing out with Young and his recruits and Tsung with his new allies and armies. With Mortal Kombat 2 preparing to begin filming shortly, further information will likely arise soon.
Source: Todd Garner/Twitter