Simon McQuoid, Director of Mortal Kombat, on the reasons he loves Kung Laos Death

He also reveals why Rain is not in the film and why there is no post-credits scene.

With Mortal Kombat I am now playing in theaters and streaming on HBO Max for a limited time. I recently spoke to the director Simon McQuoid about customizing the R-rated video game. During the interview, he talked about why he loves Kung Lao’s death, whether he had a longer excerpt from the film, whether they were thinking about a post-credits scene, why Rain is not in the film, why he was trying to showcase all of the characters on an equal footing and more.

The new Mortal Kombat movie is about an MMA fighter named Cole Young (Lewis Tan) who discovers he has a personal connection with an otherworldly group of fighters who band together to defeat the supernatural villain Shang Tsung. If you’ve seen the Red Band trailer, you’ll know that the movie is loaded with the characters from the video game and doesn’t shy away from blood and gore. The film also shows Joe Taslim as Bi-Han aka Sub-Zero, Josh Lawson as Kano, Tadanobu Asano as Lord Raiden, Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Max Huang as Kung Lao, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Max Huang as Kung Lao, Hiroyuki Sanada as Hanzo Hasashi alias Scorpion, Mehcad Brooks as Major Jackson “Jax” Briggs, Chin Han as Shang Tsung, Sisi Stringer as Mileena, Mel Jarnson as Nitara and Daniel Nelson as Kabal.

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Check out what Simon McQuoid has to say in the player above and below. That’s exactly what we talked about, followed by the official recap.


Image via Warner Bros.

Simon McQuoid:

  • Did he have to make any changes to get the R rating?

  • Did he have a longer excerpt from the film?

  • Who was closest to the movie?

  • Who do you think is the strongest character in the game and who is the strongest in the movie?

  • Does he know the Mortal Kombat theme song and can he sing it?

  • Who do you think has the most brutal death in the game?

  • Have you ever talked about doing a post-credits scene?

Here is the official recap of Mortal Kombat:

From New Line Cinema comes the explosive new movie adventure, Mortal Kombat, inspired by the blockbuster video game franchise that most recently saw the most successful video game launch in its history, Mortal Kombat 11. In ‘MortalKombat’, MMA fighter Cole Young, used to hitting money, is unaware of his legacy – or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly cryomancer to order Chasing cole. Fearing for the safety of his family, Cole sets out to find Sonya Blade in the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the strange dragon markings that Cole was born with. Soon he is in the temple of Lord Raiden, an elder god and protector of Earthrealm, who gives refuge to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with veteran warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and villain mercenary Kano as he prepares to face the enemies of the outside world in a high-stakes battle for the universe with the greatest champions on earth. But is Cole pushed hard enough to unlock his Arcana – the immense power from his soul – in time to not only save his family, but stop Outworld once and for all?

Mortal Kombat Director Simon Mcquoid

Image via Warner Bros.

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