The next “Mortal Kombat” adaptation is hitting the big screen in 2021. Warner Bros. Pictures gave the film a March 5, 2021 release date, with Simon McQuiod directing and James Wan producing. This isn’t the first “Mortal Kombat” film to hit theaters, Paul W.S. Anderson directed the first installment in 1995. That installment made $23M on opening weekend before grossing over $122M worldwide. John R. Leonetti’s follow up, “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation,” released in 1997 but the film only made $51M globally.

Releasing in March 2021 has the “Mortal Kombat” reboot fighting against Sony Pictures’ “Masters of the Universe” reboot with Noah Centineo. That film is another childhood throwback, and the first and only adaptation released in 1987. The film was an instant dud when it hit the box office, only making $17M worldwide for the studio. He-Man’s big debut starred Dolph Lundgren and Courteney Cox.

The other big releases that could impact “Mortal Kombat’s” reign at the box office are an untitled Disney live-action film, and “The Boss Baby 2” from Universal Studios. The original Boss Baby had an impressive $50M debut in theaters and made over $527M worldwide for Universal. “Nimona” is a Disney-FOX animated release, though its future is unclear after Disney’s acquisition of the studio.

Warner Bros. Pictures will start pre-production on “Mortal Kombat” later this month and filming is scheduled to begin in Australia later this year. At that time, the studio should confirm the extended cast and crew that will be working on the project.

In the video game world, NetherRealm Studios recently released “Mortal Kombat 11.” The game is available on the PS4, PC, Xbox One, and PC through Steam. While the movies have been universally panned by critics, the games are often well received.

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