Mortal Kombat Reboot Writer Confirms R-Rating, Fatalities



The new Mortal Kombat movie will be the first to be rated R in North America. The most gratuitously violent fighting game is finally getting a gratuitously violent film. And you know what that means: fatalities on the big screen.

Now here is something really cool for all Mortal Kombat fans out there.

Space Invaders is considered one of the greatest arcade games in history, setting the precedent for many shooter games going into the future and was one of the earliest games to popularize the high score achievement that would become a major trend among young gamers in the 1980s. However, to appeal to a wide audience, it had a PG-13 rating and lacked over-the-top gore and fatalities. I don't necessarily believe the movie needs to be as gory as the recent games, but just some acknowledge of the trademark "fatalities" would go a long way in paying reverence to the source material. That controversy eventually earned it the attention of Congress, which used Mortal Kombat clips as a primary example of the degrading effect of violence in video games. All we need is a kick-ass director and some hard-hitting action and we'll finally be given the Mortal Kombat movie we were promised a quarter of a century ago.

There are no official plot details yet, but assuming the film follows the basic premise of the games, Mortal Kombat will likely focus on a line-up of the some of the best fighters from our world going up against super-powered beings from other dimensions, all in the name of world domination.

Little else of the Mortal Kombat film has been revealed so far, but it begins filming in Australia later this year.

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