Simon McQuoid is back as director for the ‘Mortal Kombat’ sequel.
The Aussie director made his behind-the-camera debut on the 2021 film and now insiders say he’s set to return for the follow-up.
“Mortal Kombat” is based on the popular video game series of the same name and is a reboot of the film series after two films were released in the 1990s.
Last year’s “Mortal Kombat” movie topped box office numbers and ranks among the most popular movies on the HBO Max streaming service.
The film was one of the first to gauge audience interest when theaters reopened after the pandemic and the results came as a surprise to many.
Studio executives were quick to get a sequel in development, and one of their first acts was to bring McQuoid back as director. Jeremy Slater will write the screenplay for the sequel.
The first ‘Mortal Kombat’ game was released in 1992 and spawned a hugely successful series – with the most recent title ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ releasing on consoles in 2019.
McQuoid is a trained graphic designer who has worked in the video game industry on titles such as “Call of Duty” and “Halo 3”. The filmmaker currently has several projects in development, including the sci-fi thriller “Omega.”
Simon had previously banned any talk of a sequel on the set of the first film.
He said: “None of us used the S-word. We would never talk about it in depth because we feel we have to put all of our energy into this movie.
“That being said, if the fans want another one, it’s not for us to decide, it’s for the fans to decide.
“Next, we need a few pieces of carpentry that we know can get us somewhere because there’s a treasure trove of stuff just lying there.”