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James Wan finishes those Mortal Kombat casting rumors, but hope for reboot still kicking

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Jul 13, 2018

News flash: There is fake news out there, and sometimes you can’t believe everything you read on the internet. But hey, at least in entertainment news, there’s no elections on the line. Although in this case, there are character’s lives at stake.

Earlier this week, That Hashtag Show reported on a leaked character breakdown for the Mortal Kombat reboot being produced by James Wan of Conjuring, Saw, and soon-to-be Aquaman fame. The breakdown involved many of our favorite characters from the many video game and movie iterations of the fighting franchise, including Kano, Sonya Blade, Raiden, Liu Kang, and Kung Lao, who, it was noted, “yields an all powerful boomerang hat.”

Well, now the producer himself has weighed in as to the veracity of THT’s claims:

And for good measure, screenwriter Greg Russo chimed in as well…

Near as we can tell (any translation help in the comments will be greatly appreciated), that first word in Japanese has something to do with the Scorpion, Mortal Kombat's undead ninja specter with all the best finishing moves. Interestingly, he’s not listed in THT’s character breakdown.

As far as the second word in Japanese? Well, a Google search came up with the Japanese police procedural television drama, Zettai Reido, so maybe that Scorpion theory means nothing at all. Or maybe that second word translates to Sub Zero, another popular character noticeably left off the breakdown. 

Either way, let’s focus on what we do know. Mortal Kombat, a project we really haven’t heard much about since 2016, seems to still be very far from being finished. And while answering fan questions responding to the above tweet, Russo noted that “an insane amount of love & care has already gone into the project.” And that as a guy “who used to rule the arcade machine (Kitana all day), it's in VERY good hands. Hopefully we get to make it soon..."

So we shall remain hopeful too. What about you? Let us know in the comments, and while you’re at, let us know which Mortal Kombat character the reboot can’t possibly live without.