'Mortal Kombat' Delays Release Amid HBO Max Shift
It'll be a few more months before it's time to fight. Warner Bros. and New Line are pushing back the release of their Mortal Kombat reboot from Jan. 15, 2021, to April 16, 2021.
The new date was announced Monday, less than two weeks after the studio revealed it will debut its entire 2021 slate of films on HBO Max and in cinemas due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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Monday's follow-up announcement also included new dates for Tim Story's family film Tom and Jerry, which is moving up from March 5, 2021, to Feb. 26, 2021, and filmmaker Lisa Joy's sci-fi drama Reminiscence, which has been taken off the calendar. It previously was dated for April 16, 2021, and is expected to find a new home at some point in 2021.
Mortal Kombat, based on the popular video game series about a martial arts tournament held for the fate of the world, is from first-time director Simon McQuoid with James Wan producing.
The cast includes Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Josh Lawson as Kano, Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, Mehcad Brooks as Jackson "Jax" Briggs and Lewis Tan in a mystery role.
Reminiscence marks the feature directorial debut of Joy — known for HBO's Westworld — and stars Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Thandie Newton, Daniel Wu and Cliff Curtis.
Joy is married to filmmaker Jonathan Nolan, the brother of Christopher Nolan, who has been vocal in his criticism of the studio's decision to shatter the theatrical window and send its 2021 slate to HBO Max.
Tom and Jerry, based on the classic cat and mouse cartoon, stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Colin Jost, Rob Delaney, Pallavi Sharda, Jordan Bolger, Patsy Ferran, Nicky Jam, Bobby Cannavale, Lil Rel Howery and Ken Jeong.
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