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Mortal Kombat Writer Says Film Will Be R-Rated, Feature Fatalities

July 12, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Fans who are worried that the Mortal Kombat reboot film would soften the game’s edge for a PG-13 rating need not be concerned. Writer Greg Russo took to Twitter to shoot down rumors that the film will be aiming for a PG-13 rating, noting that it will go R-rated and that “and for the first time EVER, FATALITIES will FINALLY be on the big screen.”

The first Mortal Kombat in 1995 had a couple of deaths, but they were handled in a very PG-13 format. Russo seems to be saying that the full-gore Fatalities of the video game will be depicted.

Simon McQuoid is directing the film, with James Wan producing. The movie has been confirmed to star Joe Taslim (The Raid) as Sub-Zero. Plot details are being kept under wraps, though it supposedly follows a male protagonist who becomes drawn into the interdimensional tournament, and who begins to realize his true potential as a result of the experience. It is set for release on March 5th, 2021.