Mortal Kombat writer on trilogy plans

Greg Russo is also hopeful we’ll see Johnny Cage soon

Further to what Simon McQuoid has to say about a follow-up, “Mortal Kombat” co-writer Greg Russo has revealed how he sees the next film playing out.

While speaking to Collider, Russo says he sees the arc playing out over a trilogy of films.

“Movie one, we were always kind of setting this up as — well I was setting it up, it’s basically in my head — I always saw [movie one] as pre-tournament, then [movie two is] hopefully tournament, then [movie three is] post-tournament. So the idea was that this was going to be a pre-tournament movie that would hopefully sow the seeds for the tournament, the final.”

Russo is hopeful we’ll see ‘Citizen Cage’ in the next film, too.

“Johnny’s tease at the end, the button, it changed different ways,” the writer explains. “I remember there were different versions of it. That poster was something that the design team did, which I love. I picked ‘Citizen Cage’ ’cause I just thought that was hilarious. ‘Fight For Your Rights.’ So I picked that and put it in the script and then they designed an amazing poster. And then it had lived in other places, so it actually wasn’t the button for a while, it was earlier in the story, like they were walking and you just see it in the background. And we felt like that just wasn’t enough, ’cause you wanted to really hit on it.”

“I remember there was a version for the end where they actually went to the lot,” he continues. “So Cole and Sonya went to the studio lot. I forget what it even was, they pulled up, and they were going to the meeting. It was gonna be shot at Warner Brothers. But it just felt like, with the pandemic and everything, it got to a point where it was hard to do a lot of that. I love the way that it buttons and it’s simple. And yeah, hopefully we can tell more of those stories.”

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