Simon McQuoid, the director of the upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot, recently spoke about why the movie won’t be as gory as the video game series.
Simon McQuoid, the director of the next Mortal Kombat reboot, recently talked about why the movie won’t be as gory as the video game series. Mortal Kombat It serves as an adaptation of the popular video game series of the same name, while also rebooting the theatrical side of the franchise after two live-action movies came out in the ’90s. Both Mortal Kombat (1995) and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) garnered a mixed response from viewers and critics alike, and many video game fans have been clamoring for the series to land on the big screen again for decades.
One of Mortal Kombat The most iconic aspects is his exaggerated and bombastic use of violence and blood. One of the main points of contention among fans about 1995 Mortal Kombat film was its PG-13 rating. The film’s violence was diluted to reach a wider audience, but its iconic deaths and fighting moves were a far cry from their video game counterparts. In the following decades, many Mortal Kombat Fans were hoping that a possible cinematic reboot wouldn’t sanitize the movie in the name of accessibility. Fortunately, the new reboot was confirmed to be rated R.
At a recent press event (via Comicbook), McQuoid talked about how he and the creative team behind Mortal Kombat he decided how far the envelope should be pushed. McQuoid confirmed that certain aspects have been toned down compared to video games. The director stated that some of the more extreme violence in the video game series would make the film “inalienable” and that there were many discussions about how far the team could go. McQuoid also said that line producer Bennett Walsh, who had previously worked on Kill bill, played an important role in determining the appropriate level of violence for the film. Check out McQuoid’s comments below:
It was something that required a fair amount of brainpower between us, because we didn’t want to underestimate it and we didn’t want to overdo it. So exaggerating means … When certain things in the game, if you tried to make a real version of that, the movie would be inalienable. That’s just the fact. But we knew we wanted to get to the line and not cross it, and that was really … The discussions were about that.
Although it may not be as violent as the video game series, both the cast and crew of Mortal Kombat have assured fans that the film’s R rating is well deserved. Producer Todd Garner had previously spoken about the reboot containing one of the most brutal fight scenes ever captured on film. Lewis Tan, who plays the lead Cole Young, also mentioned that one of the deaths in the film was so violent that it made him physically ill.
McQuoid and the team’s concerns about the violence are not unfounded. Movie rating boards are generally stricter than their video game equivalents, and if the movie were to receive a rating above an R, it could greatly limit its release. However, fans concerned about McQuoid’s comments should be sure that Mortal Kombat he still nearly received an NC-17 rating for his violence despite being tempered by the games. Of the trailers and pre-launch material, Mortal Kombat It’s certainly shaping up to honor the violent roots of video games.
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