A third Mortal Kombat film was going to be developed, called "Mortal Kombat: Devastation". Christopher Lambert, Linden Ashby, Adoni Maropis, Robin Shou, Chris Casamassa, Keith Cooke, and Lynn 'Red' Williams were hired to be in the cast as Lord Rayden, Johnny Cage, Quan Chi, Liu Kang, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and Jax, respectively. Talisa Soto and Sandra Hess were in talks to reprise their respective roles of Princess Kitana and Lt. Sonya Blade. However, plans for a third film fell through and the film rights went to Warner Bros., which is planning a Mortal Kombat reboot.
Linden Ashby was asked to return as Johnny Cage, but turned it down after reading the script.
Michael Jai White was scheduled to play as Jax, but eventually he got the lead part in Spawn (1997) instead. He would eventually portray Jax in Mortal Kombat: Rebirth (2010) and Mortal Kombat: Legacy (2011).
For years, a third Mortal Kombat movie was being developed by New Line Cinema to atone for the poor reception to "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation." mink was hired to direct, and then Russell Mulcahy was hired to replace him. Sean Catherine Derek and Lawrence Kasanoff took turns writing the script, which would have had Johnny Cage resurrected to help the heroes against Quan Chi and a resurrected Shang Tsung. However, according to cast member Chris Casamassa, who would have reprised his role as Scorpion, production was halted when Hurricane Katrina destroyed most of the sets and the film ultimately never happened.
In a 20th Anniversary Q and A for the first movie, Robin Shou and Director Paul W.S. Anderson expressed their dislike for this film.
In the film, Jax fitted his arms with "muscle enhancers"; essentially a sort of exoskeleton that quadrupled his muscle capacity. However in the storyline for Mortal Kombat 3 (1995) (One of the shared premises for this film) Jax had his actual arms removed and fitted himself with the bionic arms.
Robin Shou (Liu Kang) and Talisa Soto (Kitana) are the only actors from the first film to reprise their roles. The other main characters are portrayed by different actors. The only other actor to return was Keith Cooke, but as a different character. In the first film, he was Reptile. Here, he portrays Sub-Zero.
Though Musetta Vander and Talisa Soto play mother (Sindel) and daughter (Kitana) respectively, in the real life the actresses are only four years apart in age.
Quan Chi was going to appear in the climax of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, but his scenes were cut from the final print. He still appears in some posters and international versions of the movie on laserdisc and DVD.
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras was offered to reprise the role of Sonya Blade, but then turned it down for the role of Sarah Michelle Gellar's sister in I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997).
The late Thuy Trang, best known for playing Trini Kwan, the yellow ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) auditioned for Jade but was turned down. She died in 2001.
Both Deron McBee (Motaro) and Lynn 'Red' Williams (Jax) are former American Gladiators (1989), and they have a fight scene in this film together.
Paul W.S. Anderson was offered to return for this film, but he chose to work on Event Horizon (1997) instead. He later expressed his dislike for the film and regret that he chose not to be involved in it. It was one of the reasons that he remained involved in the making of the sequels to Resident Evil (2002), as a way of "stay[ing] with the franchise and shepherd it".
(at around 1h 13 mins) Ermac (the Red Ninja) is able to summon the shadow fighter Noob Saibot. According to the video game storyline, Ermac was created by Shao Kahn as an amalgamation of the souls of fallen warriors. (Which could explain how he summoned Noob Saibot) Ermac however, was one of the deadliest fighters in the MK universe; able to battle 5 strong warriors such as Johnny Cage, Kitana, Jax, Sonya Blade and Kung Lao all at once and reach a standstill. (If his characteristics on film had stayed true to the character's inception, his fight with Sonya would have been very brief.)
In the initial Mortal Kombat storyline for the games, Noob Saibot is actually the original Sub-Zero and the popular titular character is the younger brother of the former. With the appearance of Noob in this film, keeping with the storyline would mean that he is in fact the same Sub-Zero that Liu Kang defeated in the first film.
James Remar apparently auditioned for Rayden. Christopher Lambert was apparently interested in reprising Rayden but was committed to Beowulf (1999) at the time.
Liu Kang's animality is to change into a dragon during the final kombat against Khan. Liu Kang changing into a dragon and biting off the top half of the opponent's body is one of his finishing moves in Mortal Kombat II (1993).
Kabal and Stryker are video game combatants and are mentioned by name, but never made a physical appearance.
Chris Casamassa was to reprise his role as Scorpion, but he was committed to do stunt work in Batman & Robin (1997).
Dana Hee, who plays Mileena, was Kitana's stunt double in the previous film. In the game's storyline, Mileena is actually a clone of Kitana raised as her sister.
Lynn 'Red' Williams replaced Gregory McKinney as Jax due to McKinney's health problems. McKinney would eventually die in 1998.
Although popular characters from the video games, like Mileena and Noob Saibot appear in the film, they are never mentioned by name.
If adding up all back-flips, front-flips, and side-flips together there are a total of 54 of them present in the film.
(at around 10 mins) The song playing while Kitana and Liu Kang are traveling through the tunnels is also the song Jim Levenstein strips to in American Pie (1999).
MKA often finds itself part of many top ten worst films of all time lists. (Mainstream/Hollywood movies)
Due to scheduling and money various of the actors and stuntmen had to do several roles. Examples are Ray Park who did two roles (Raptor, Tarkatan) and stunt work, J.J. Perry who did two roles (Scorpion, Cyrax) and stunt work and Dennis Keiffer, John Medlen, Dana Hee, Tyrone C. Wiggins, Keith Cooke and Ridley Tsui who all had a credited acting part and a stunt credit.
In both Mortal Kombat movies, Johnny Cage's sunglasses break. Goro crushes the first set, and in the second movie, his second set break when trying to do a shadow kick against Khan.
During a 20th Anniversary screening of the film, Robin Shou revealed that due to a tight budget and shooting schedule, and also because he was pulling double duties as leading man and martial arts choreographer, he was unable to be on set to supervise the fight between Sub Zero and Scorpion and as a result was supposed to be very different rhythmically. Same for the fight scene between Liu Kang and Baraka, where Shou was doubled by Tony Jaa for the majority of the sequence because he was off shooting other scenes simultaneously.
Talisa Soto (Princess Kitana) and Sandra Hess (Lt. Sonya Blade) both share a birthday (March 27) one year apart.
In an early script for the movie, Smoke was supposed to aid Mileena in the attempt to assassinate Sonya.