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Why Fans Of Moon Knight Should Be Excited For Mortal Kombat 2

After a successful run on HBO Max in 2021 with a concurrent theatrical release — with Deadline reporting that it was the number one film in the country the week of its release that April — the latest big-screen version of "Mortal Kombat" has been greenlit for a sequel (via Deadline). 

While video game fans definitely know that there's more might-testing ahead for their favorite characters, those who like hard-hitting action and video game adaptions will have to wait a little while to see the finished product, as there's been no release date announced as of press time. They haven't even announced the names of any cast members, new or returning, and there have been no announcements as to who will be directing the film.

But fans of both "Mortal Kombat" and Disney+'s "Moon Night" definitely have a reason to celebrate. There's a fresh bit of news that connects the Marvel series to the upcoming "Mortal Kombat" sequel, and if you like the combination of action, mystery, humor, and witty panache in "Moon Knight," you should start getting hyped now.

Mortal Kombat 2's script will be penned by Moon Knight's Jeremy Slater

Jeremy Slater, who is head writer on "Moon Knight," will pen the script for the next "Mortal Kombat" film (via Deadline). That's good news for action fans, and it seems to suggest a more humor-orientated angle for the thus far very serious reboot project.

Slater is quite a busy fellow. Aside from "Moon Knight," the Deadline article also reports that he's penning the script for a new adaptation of Stephen King's "The Tommyknockers" with James Wan, which is in development at Universal. He also wrote a draft for the upcoming Netflix film "Uprising" and will write and direct the film "Thread." Slater's past projects include developing the superhero series "The Umbrella Academy" for Netflix, as well as serving as showrunner for Fox's television sequel show "The Exorcist" (via IMDb). Based on all of this, Slater clearly has a talent for adapting supernatural and fantastical stories, so hopefully "Mortal Kombat 2" will reflect his strengths as shown in "Moon Knight."

Not all of Slater's projects, however, were winners, as he also wrote the script for 2015's "Fantastic Four." Slater jokingly apologized on his Twitter account for participating in the notorious bomb in 2018, saying, "When I finally got my foot in the door, I only had three dream projects on my bucket list. One was Marvel (umm...sorry about that one, guys), one was Star Wars, and the third, of course, was Stephen King. Any one of those jobs would let me die a happy man." With any luck, he'll be making "Mortal Kombat" fans happy for years to come.