Adelaide will be the home of a new Mortal Kombat film, which will be the largest scale film ever produced in South Australia.  

The American fantasy martial-arts movie will inject $70 million into the state’s economy and create an estimated 580 jobs.

A further 1,500 will be employed as ‘extras’.

Premier Steven Marshall made the big announcement on Tuesday afternoon and already plenty of eyebrows are being raised that it was Adelaide to get such a big movie production.

“It will be shooting in, of all places, Adelaide. Adelaide, South Australia. No, we are not kidding,” wrote Pedestrian.TV

The film will be shot on Adelaide Studios’ Sound Stages in Glenside and “highlight South Australian locations, talent and facilities”, according to New Line Cinema’s Katherine Beyda.

It will be produced by James Wan (Aquaman, The Conjuring) and directed by Simon McQuoid.


Pre-production for the film will begin this month and cameras rolling later in the year.

The last big movie shot in Adelaide was Daniel Radcliffe’s Escape from Pretoria but this production will be far larger.

Since the release of the arcade game of the same name in 1992, Mortal Kombat has had two movies made in the 1990s, and other short films and web series since then. A further movie sequel was scrapped in 2004.

Wan and McQuid signed on in 2015 and 2016 respectively to make a reboot of the film but it has taken until now to lock in a deal to make it.