‘Mortal Kombat’ sequel moves forward with Simon McQuoid returning as director – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: After the most recent mortal combat picture outdated at the box office, New Line is ready to return to the arena for a sequel. Sources tell Deadline that Simon McQuoid is set to return as director for the follow-up to the 2021 action-adventure hit.
mortal combat was McQuoid’s feature directorial debut and released simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max during the pandemic in April 2021.
The feature film opened the top spot at the box office and ranks among the best feature film titles ever to air on HBO Max since the platform launched. While some point out F9 Where A Quiet Place Part II like the photos that brought crowds back to theaters after the pandemic, mortal combat was one of the first feature films to try to gauge audience interest in returning to theaters – and the results have surprised many, especially since the day and date film premiered on HBO Max. Executives were quick to get a sequel in development, and one of the first orders of business was to bring McQuoid back to direct.
The film is based on the global video game phenomenon created by Ed Boon and John Tobias. Jeremy Slater is writing the screenplay for the sequel.
The 2021 pic was produced by Atomic Monster’s James Wan, Broken Road Production’s Todd Garner, Simon McQuoid and E. Bennett Walsh. McQuoid directed from a screenplay by Greg Russo and Dave Callaham, a story by Oren Uziel and Russo, based on the video game created by Ed Boon and John Tobias. Richard Brener, Dave Neustadter, Victoria Palmeri, Michael Clear, Jeremy Stein and Larry Kasanoff served as executive producers.
Originally from Perth, Australia, McQuoid is a trained graphic designer who began his career working in advertising agencies in Australia and the United States, then moved on to directing commercials. Simon’s work for Xbox, PlayStation, Call of Duty and Halo 3 collectively earned him multiple awards, including the Grand Prix du Film at Cannes and a Grand Clio. He made his feature film debut with mortal combat and has several projects in development, including the reality-distorting sci-fi thriller Omega for Sony.
McQuoid is replaced by Daniel Cohan and attorney Gregory Slewitt