Adelaide has been selected as the home for the production of the Mortal Kombat movie, 24 years after the critically panned original was first released.
New Line Cinema is the production company behind the reboot based on the blockbuster videogame franchise, and will be the largest film ever made in South Australia.
The production will be led by Australian filmmakers including James Wan, whose credits include Aquaman and The Conjuring, and Simon McQuoid.
Mortal Komat will be McQuoid's directorial debut. Hopefully he can produce something better than the 1995 version which currently has a Metacritic rating of 58 per cent.
Preproduction of the film will commence later this month, with production in South Australia to come later this year.
South Australian Premier Steven Marshall was on hand to reveal the blockbuster's new home, saying that the production will create an estimated 580 jobs and 1,500 extras employed, along with $70 million injected in to the South Australian economy.
"South Australia has a long and successful tradition of feature film making and Mortal Kombat will showcase our production skills to the world," says Marshall.
"Mortal Kombat will be the largest film production in South Australia's history and highlights the importance of engaging with the world's major production houses."
The film will be shot on Adelaide Studios' Sound Stages, utilising the state's own crews and acting talent, with post-production also taking place in SA visual effects and post-production facilities.
The ex-Adelaidian director Simon McQuoid says he is excited to return to SA.
"Having lived in Adelaide early in my career, I am thrilled to be back in South Australia to make my directorial debut with Mortal Kombat," says McQuoid.
"We need many different elements for its success and have found them all right herethe uniquely beautiful landscapes, the outstanding world-class stage facilities and VFX houses, and the brilliant artists and technicians from across the film-making community. I'm grateful to the Premier and people of South Australia for having us, we're all very excited to be here."
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