Mortal Kombat Will Likely Still Get A Cinema Release Rather Than Going Direct To HBO Max

Warner Bros. is said to be considering releasing more movies directly to HBO Max in the future, but Mortal Kombat will still probably go to cinemas first.


With Mortal Kombat 11 still going strong, fans of the franchise are likely looking forward to the upcoming movie. However, with cinemas struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic and Warner Bros. currently planning to launch tentpole film Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max alongside a global cinema rollout, there's been reason to think Mortal Kombat might go straight to streaming, too.

However, in a new report by Variety, it's been suggested that while numerous Warner Bros. titles will launch on HBO Max in the future, Mortal Kombat is not expected to be one of them. Variety suggests that films like Judas and the Black Messiah, The Little Things, and Tom & Jerry will likely release on HBO Max alongside a cinema release, but Mortal Kombat will not.

"The studio also considered taking the same route with “Mortal Kombat, an adaptation of the popular video game, but expect to delay the film’s theatrical debut instead," the report says. The film was expected to land on January 15, 2021, but has been knocked back to an indefinite later date.

Mortal Kombat is one of a few major adaptations of games coming to cinemas in the future. Monster Hunter is due to release on Christmas day, while the Resident Evil movie series is getting a reboot. Sonic the Hedgehog is also getting a sequel.

Fans of the 1995 film, meanwhile, can now download a skin pack for Mortal Kombat 11 that adds the voices and likenesses of actors from that movie.

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