'Mortal Kombat' News and Updates: Returning to Movie Theaters, Australian Filmmaker Simon McQuoid Is Set to Direct

By Cores Grace Malaay , Updated Nov 20, 2016 08:02 AM EST
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It looks like "Mortal Kombat" is returning to theatres and has found its director. He's famous in directing commercials, and he's no other than Simon McQuoid. The director is known for his best commercial works such as Duracell, Logitech, Samsung and Netflix.

Variety reports that Simon McQuoid is in talks to helm the "Mortal Kombat" reboot for Warner Bros.' New Line. To game enthusiasts, he is known for directing the "Michael" ad for Sony's PlayStation 3 and Halo 3's "Enemy Weapon" while New Line has produced two films based on the fighting game franchise in the ‘90s: "Mortal Kombat" and "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation".

McQuoid is an infamous Australian filmmaker working on high-profile campaigns for PlayStation, Halo, Range Rover, Beats by Dre and other top-of-the-line brands. He has garnered a Grand Clio, a D&AD Pencil, a GRANDY Award and more for his works.

According to Polygon, for some time now, Warner Bros.' New Line Cinema division has been making an effort to reboot the "Mortal Kombat" movie franchise. James Wan is set to produce the movie alongside writers Dave Callaham and Oren Uziel while Greg Russo writes the new "Mortal Kombat" script.

"Mortal Kombat" has generated numerous pop culture properties including the best-selling video game, "Mortal Kombat X" developed by NetherRealm Studios which is owned by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Warner Bros. also released two seasons of the web series "Mortal Kombat: Legacy" in 2011 and 2013 which is based on the success of Tancharoen's unauthorized short film, "Mortal Kombat: Rebirth".

"Mortal Kombat" is a video game franchise originally developed by Midway Games' Chicago studio in 1992. Following Midway's bankruptcy, the "Mortal Kombat" development team was acquired by Warner Bros. and turned into NetherRealm Studios.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment currently owns the rights of the "Mortal Kombat" franchise and rebooted it in 2011. The series takes place in a fictional universe consisting of eighteen surviving realms which, according to in-game backstories, were created by the Elder Gods.

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