Mortal Kombat movie adds director

Simon McQuoid has signed up as director for the forthcoming 'Mortal Kombat' movie

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Lambert in Mortal Kombat

Christopher Lambert in the original Mortal Kombat

The 'Mortal Kombat' movie reboot has added a new director.

Simon McQuoid, who is known for helming PlayStation, Range Rover and Beats by Dre advertisements, among others, has signed up to helm the forthcoming film for New Line.

According to Variety, the Australian filmmaker is one of the most in-demand commercial directors around and he has won several awards.

James Wan will produce the motion picture alongside Todd Garner, Jeremy Stein and Michael Clear, while Lawrence Kasanoff will act as executive producer on the movie.

Greg Russo has written a draft version of the script and while details of the storyline are not yet known, the film will be based on the classic 90s arcade game 'Mortal Kombat'.

Paul W.S. Anderson helmed the original 'Mortal Kombat' movie in 1995, which was also produced by Kasanoff.

The film saw 'MK' characters Liu Kang (Robin Shou), Johnny Cage (Linden Ashby), and soldier Sonya Blade (Bridgette Wilson), attempt to try to defeat evil Shang Tsung (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) in a tournament to save the world and was based on the first game and second, 'Mortal Kombat II'.

Christopher Lambert played Raiden in the original, and he recently admitted the new movie will have a time travel theme.

He said: "They have a great idea for the third one. It will be very different.

"We are going to be travelling through time, but in a very special way. Imagine characters having a battle in the middle of London and then whoosh, you smash through a window and find yourself on the hood of a New York cab."

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