‘Mortal Kombat’ Reboot Finds Its Director

Commercials director Simon McQuoid is in talks for the videogame adaptation.
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1995’s ‘Mortal Kombat’
Mortal Kombat is ready for a new round.

Simon McQuoid is in talks to direct the big screen reboot of the videogame franchise, Heat Vision has confirmed.

James Wan is producing the reboot for New Line, the studio behind both the 1995 film that became a surprise hit, as well as its less-than-stellar followup, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. Larry Kasanoff, who produced the original films and helped extend the Mortal Kombat brand to new heights, is executive producing the reboot.

McQuoid comes from the world of commercials and directed a well-liked Star Wars spot for Duracell last year and is also known for work with brands such as Nissan, Samsung and HP.

The 1995 Mortal Kombat movie is still remembered breaking the “videogame curse” and being the first adaptation to be both embraced by fans and a hit at the box office. It told the story of Liu Kang (Robin Shou), Johnny Cage (Linden Ashby) and Sonya Blade (Bridgette Wilson-Sampras), who fought for the fate of humanity in a life-or-death tournament.

Director Paul W.S. Anderson would go on to find success with the Resident Evil series, but at the time was an unknown filmmaker. The film reigned as No. 1 three weekends in a row at the U.S. box office and grossed $122 million worldwide.

“Robin would rate the fights,” Anderson told Heat Vision last year the brutal stunts his star put himself through. “They would be a one, a two or a three. That would refer to how many ribs he bruised when he did the fight.”

For more on the original Mortal Kombat, read our oral history — which chronicles all the broken bones and screaming executives the cast and crew weathered to make the hit.

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