Adelaide: South Australia will be the stage for Mortal Kombat, New Line Cinema’s highly anticipated epic action film, it was announced today by the Premier of South Australia Steven Marshall. Mortal Kombat is a bold cinematic adventure based on the blockbuster videogame franchise. Bringing the legendary property to life on the big-screen is a team of world-renowned Australian filmmakers led by producers James Wan (Aquaman, The Conjuring films) and award-winning commercial filmmaker Simon McQuoid, who is also taking the helm in his feature directorial debut.
Todd Garner (Isn’t It Romantic, Tag) also produces, with Larry Kasanoff (Mortal Kombat, True Lies), E. Bennett Walsh (Men in Black: International, The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Michael Clear (The Nun, Lights Out), and Sean Robins (Playing with Fire, Tag) executive producing. The current screenplay is by Greg Russo (the upcoming Highwaymen). Pre-production on Mortal Kombat will commence later this month with production later this year.
Premier Steven Marshall made the announcement today at Adelaide Studios alongside the film’s Australian director, Simon McQuoid, executive producer E. Bennett Walsh, Australian production consultant Greg Basser (The Whistleblower, Passengers), and South Australia’s Minister for Innovation and Skills, David Pisoni.
In making the announcement, Premier Steven Marshall said Mortal Kombat will create an estimated 580 jobs and 1,500 extras employed, along with some AUD $70 million injected into the South Australian economy.
Led by the Australian creative team of McQuoid and Wan, the film will be shot on Adelaide Studios’ Sound Stages, utilising the state’s world-class crews and acting talent, with post-production in South Australia’s internationally acclaimed visual effects and post-production facilities.
“South Australia has a long and successful tradition of feature film making and Mortal Kombat will showcase our production skills to the world,” said Premier Steven Marshall. “Mortal Kombat will be the largest film production in South Australia’s history and highlights the importance of engaging with the world’s major production houses.”
“The State Government’s investment in Mortal Kombat will enhance the scope and reach of our production and post production capabilities, bringing the promise of fantastic new jobs for the local film industry,” he said.