Recently, the WGA ended its strike against the AMPTP and now, the SAG-AFTRA strike is over.
With both strikes now a thing of the past, the race is on for studios to secure shooting locations and sound stages.
A sequel to 2021's Mortal Kombat had the good fortune of beginning its film shoot in Australia in June, just before the actor's strike kicked off in July.
With the strike over, a recent article stated that Mortal Kombat 2 would resume filming in 2025 but producer Todd Garner took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to set the record straight.
The sequel will see Simon McQuoid return to the director's chair with Jeremy Slater replacing Greg Russo as the script writer.
In a previous interview, Slater stated that the creative team is looking to double down on the things that fans liked in the first film and correct the things that fans didn't like.
"I can’t really share any details about it, but we want to make something that the fans really love and I think it’s a really great creative team. They have been listening to the fan reactions and they know what fans loved about the first movie and what they didn’t."
"Everyone is creatively setting out to really make a sequel that tops the original in every way. We’re still very early in the process, but the fans should be really excited. It’s going to be awesome."
The first film was released simultaneously on HBO Max and in theaters in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the film being available on streaming, it still earned $84.4 million worldwide from a production budget of $55 million.
Among the cast, returning are Lewis Tan as the original character Cole Young, Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion, Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Max Huang as Kung Lao, Mehcad Brooks as Jackson "Jax" Briggs, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, Chin Han as Shang Tsung, and Josh Lawson as Kano.
Newcomers to the cast include Karl Urban's Johnny Cage, Tati Gabrielle as Jade, Adeline Rudolph as Kitana, Martyn Ford as Shao Kahn, Damon Herriman as Quan Chi, and Ana Thu Nguyen as Queen Sindel.
The film is currently without an exact release date but is expected to be released theatrically in late-2024/early-2025.