In an annoying twist, Resident Evil, Mortal Kombat, and Venom: Let There Be Carnage have all been delayed again!
Once again, the studios have decided to play around with their release dates. We all thought the merry-go-round of movie delays was over. Apparently not. In two cases, the delay isn’t severe. But for one movie, it sees its release pushed back by two full months.
‘Resident Evil: Welcome To Racoon City‘, the reboot of the franchise has shifted from September 3rd to now open on November 24th. The horror flick, starring Kaya Scodelario as Clare Redfield has bypassed the Halloween market to open closer to Christmas. Although there is still no synopsis for the film, it is said to be an origin story. One that is based on the first two games in the long-running Capcom videogame franchise.
‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage‘ is possibly the reason ‘Resident Evil‘ has shifted. The film has moved from a September 17th release to now hit screens on September 24th. The Tom Hardy starring sequel has already been delayed from June to September. With support from the returning Michelle Williams and Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady (Carnage), the film is expected to be another hit. Also, it is rumored that actor Stephen Graham could be playing Detective Patrick Mulligan. Comic book fans will know that in the comics, Mulligan is infected with his own symbiote. This brings to life the character of Toxin. The Toxin creature is more powerful than both Venom and Carnage. This time around, the film is directed by Andy Serkis of ‘The Lord Of The Rings trilogy‘ fame.
The reboot of ‘Mortal Kombat‘ is also on the move. Again, the film is delayed by a single week. Instead of opening on April 16th, the film will debut in theatres and HBO MAX on April 23rd. This time, the film has been rated a hard R. Director Simon McQuoid has explained this by saying:
“We wanted to push the [blood, gore, and fatalities] right to the limit,” the director said but he did concede that there is a “point where the film becomes unreleasable if you push it too far, and that would be a very unwise return on investment for the studio. But from day one it’s been, ‘Okay, we’re doing this and we’re going to do it properly.’”
Sounds extremely interesting. And thankfully, not too long left to wait. The original ‘Mortal Kombat’ movies sat comfortably within the PG-13 setting, angering some fans. But this time, they should get their full fix of violence and deaths, just as the videogame contained. Could this be the perfect film for all the fans, one they will hold up as being exactly what they wanted all along?
We will bring you the news of any further delays IF they happen.
Source: Sony Pictures
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Entertainment/Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter where he uses the force frequently!