Mortal Kombat X

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Script 6: SHAO KAHN TAKES EARTH

Based on Mortal Kombat 3 and Ultimate MK3.


Frost, Kenshi, and the vampires come from MK: Deadly Alliance.


The future vision of Shao Kahn winning is from MK9.


Ermac and Rain are from Ultimate MK3.


Otherwise, the rest really goes back to MK3.  John Tobias' MK3-era artwork was just amazing, and has inspired me, since 1995, to want to adapt the story of MK3.

MORTAL KOMBAT X, Part 6: SHAO KAHN TAKES EARTH.


INT. CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MORNING


The Sun rises over an empty, dead, deserted town.


Chicago, Illinois is empty today.


INT. CITY OF CHICAGO


From a far distance, we see the buildings

of the inner city, the water, a bridge.


Everything is empty and deserted.


INT. CITY - STREETS


Many mortal men and women lay on

the ground, across the city's streets.


We slowly LOOK UP to see a S.W.A.T.

officer, armed with a gun, running forth,

looking left, right.


From the S.W.A.T. man's POV:


He runs forth.  Gun ready.  Aims it

around.  Looks up at the rooftop.


Nothing, anywhere.


BACK TO a normal angle.  He

talks into his radio.


STRYKER

This is officer Stryker, contacting

Dispatch.  Officer Curtis Stryker,

contacting Dispatch.  DAMN it!!

Why am I not getting a signal?


BLACK.


INT. DESERT - EVENING


In the endless miles of desert sand,

nobody is walking.


Except Shao Kahn.


The silhouette of the Emperor,

holding his War Hammer, stands

far away.  He slowly comes closer.


He stands over a monument made

of bone, meant to carry a dead body.

A mummy, covered in white bandages

all over like an Egyptian Pharaoh,

rests forever on the bone tomb.


Shao Kahn's Shadow Priests,

wearing all purple robes, stand

over the mummy.


Slowly, they are unraveling the

white bandages, to reveal

the body underneath.


SOON - her face is revealed completely.


SHAO KAHN

Queen Sindel.  You were dead for 2,000 years.

Now . . . you will walk again.


He holds up the red Deathstone, and it starts

to glow with bright red energy.


SHAO KAHN

Now . . . using the spilled blood of the kombatants . . .

you shall rise up . . . in Earth!


CLOSE ON Sindel’s eyes, as her dead body

suddenly reanimates for the first time in over

2,000 years.


PULL BACK from Sindel’s head, to reveal

her surroundings in the desert.


SINDEL

Where am I??


SHAO KAHN

You are in Earth.


SINDEL

Earth??  . . . What am I doing here?


SHAO KAHN

I have brought you back to life - on Earth.

You are now one with this world.  I will

rule the Earth as its Emperor.  And you

shall be my Empress.


SINDEL

I am the Queen of Edenia.  Not Earth.


SHAO KAHN

Yes.  Well.  Earth and Edenia

are now both one.  Outworld.

You shall remain as my Empress.


SINDEL

Yes.


Shao Kahn has stolen the souls of the entire population of planet Earth, starting in China, ending in North America, claiming billions of human souls his own.  Raiden has protected the souls of certain people in the Earth - the survivors of the 10th Mortal Kombat tournament, and the Outworld battles.  Liu Kang, Johnny Cage, Sonya, Sub-Zero, Kenshi, Jax, Kung Lao, Hornbuckle, Bo, and Kitana are still alive, due to Raiden's protection.  There are four newcomers they must meet: S.W.A.T. officer Curtis Stryker, Native American werewolf Nightwolf, crime-fighting vigilante Kabal, and Sub-Zero's sister, Frost, who was born in China but raised in Colorado.


RAIDEN

Although I've protected you all, you must

also meet the four newcomers.  Their names

are Stryker, Nightwolf, Kabal, and Frost.


LIU KANG

Raiden.  I don't understand.

I don't understand this.  We won

the 10th tournament!  Shao Kahn

cannot take Earth!


RAIDEN

Yes, Liu Kang . . . Earth did win the tournament.

Still, Shao Kahn is not a pleasant loser.

He is determined to take Earth, through

fair means or foul.  Even though he lost

the tournament, he has taken Earth anyway.


LIU KANG

How?


RAIDEN

From what I know . . . he has resurrected

Sindel, the old Queen of Edenia, on

Earth grounds.


LIU KANG

Sindel?  . . . Okay.


RAIDEN

The process of merging Earth with Outworld

will be a six-day process.  We are on the

second day.  Look . . .


Raiden points up to the sky.


Liu Kang looks up.  The blue sky of Earth

is beginning to develop a purple swirl.


LIU KANG

Why is it turning purple?


RAIDEN

The merging process has begun.

In time . . . it will be red.


LIU KANG

How do you know?


RAIDEN

I've seen it.


LIU KANG

You mean . . . you can see the future??

So tell me what happens.  Tell me the final

outcome!


Raiden remains silent, grimly.


RAIDEN

You would not like all the things

I've seen from the future.


INT. CHICAGO - MIDDLE OF THE STREET


Shao Kahn walks slowly down the street.


Standing by his side is Queen Sindel.


Shang Tsung walks on the opposite side of Sindel.


CUT TO a farther-away angle.  Many humans form

the first ring of Shao Kahn’s Armies.


Several Masked Guards are walking at the head of

the humans.


Cryomancers form the second ring of his Armies,

walking behind the humans.  They all wear the same

black and blue colors in their attire.


Tarkatans form the third ring, behind them.


Reptilian Saurians, dozens in number, are walking

behind them.  Most are green, but some are gray.

They are headed by gray-skinned male Chameleon,

and female Khameleon.


Four-armed Shokan walk in rows and columns,

headed by Sheeva.


Half-horse Centaurs walk in rows and columns,

headed by Motaro.


Winged vampires march behind them.


VAMPIRES

Hail Kahn!  Hail Kahn!  Hail Kahn!


CUT TO a farther-away angle of the entire set of

extermination squads, all walking down the streets at once.


VOICES

Hail Kahn!  Hail Kahn!  Hail Kahn!


The vampires, the Centaurs, the Shokan, the Saurians,

the Tarkatans, the Cryomancers, and the humans are

all chanting the same thing.


VOICES

Hail Kahn!  Hail Kahn!  Hail Kahn!


We STAY STILL in the street, as Shao Kahn slowly

walks closer to us.  Without him taking off his skull-like

helmet, the burning red glow of his eyes is visible.


SHANG TSUNG

At last, your plans have come to light!


(Shang Tsung’s attire: a black robe, and black collar

around his neck.)


SHAO KAHN

Don’t think you will gain favor with me by

talking praisingly.  I have no more use for

you, Shang Tsung - none.  You are lucky

enough to be given the chance to serve me.


SHANG TSUNG

Y-yes, Master.


SHAO KAHN

Tell me.  Why, necessarily, should I let you live?


SHANG TSUNG

Because I will kill Raiden for you.


SHAO KAHN

Raiden?  . . . No!  I want him for myself.

You may have any of his mortals that you please.


SHANG TSUNG

Very well.  I will show you the severed heads

of all your mortal enemies!


EXT. ARCADE BUILDING - SOON


The Sun is setting, turning the sky orange and pink

for a short time.  The Sunset-soaked light shines down

upon a connected set of public store buildings.


In the glass display of Big Joe’s Arcade: a sign reading CLOSED.


Johnny Cage pokes his head out from the side

of the CLOSED sign.


INT. ARCADE BUILDING


From behind Johnny Cage’s head, and over his

shoulder, we see the army of Centaurs marching

down the street.


JOHNNY CAGE

We are doomed.  This is it.  We are doomed.


SONYA

Stop saying that.


JOHNNY CAGE

But look.  You guys have seen it.  The tournament, we

lost it, somehow.  Everything from Outworld is spilling into

Earth.  Outworld has, in fact, overtaken our planet.  The

Emperor of Outworld has, in fact, won.  Let’s not sit in

denial here.  Everything is over.


RAIDEN

Nothing is over so long as any of you

continue to draw breath.


JOHNNY CAGE

No.  We’re finished.  Us humans, we failed

to take the tournament seriously enough.  We

failed to realize what was at stake.  Outworld

was at stake.  And this is what happens when

Earth loses.


LIU KANG

No!  We won the tournament!  You and I BOTH

won our matches in the tournament!


JOHNNY CAGE

Yeah . . . well . . . we won the tournament,

but this Shao Kahn guy just invaded us anyway.


They all look out again, out the glass wall

that shows them the streets and sidewalks beyond.


Centaurs are walking down the street.


JOHNNY CAGE

Mortal Kombat is over.  Planet Earth is over.

Looks like we lost this time.


LIU KANG

Listen.  Johnny Cage.  Listen to me!


JOHNNY CAGE

Yeah?


LIU KANG

We’ve always won before.  Right?

So we’ll do it again!


JOHNNY CAGE

Win again?  And then what?  Then he just

. . . comes back twice as strong, or something?

No.  No.  Everything’s over.  Earth is gonna

be one with Outworld and there’s nothing we

can do about it!


Liu Kang frowns.


LIU KANG

Yes there is.


Liu Kang starts to walk out of the building.


JOHNNY CAGE

What?  No.  No!  No!  No!  Liu Kang, no!


Johnny Cage runs outside, after Liu Kang.


INT. CHICAGO - STREETS


JOHNNY CAGE

Liu, no!  Wait!  Come back here!


LIU KANG

Centaurs!


The Centaurs continue to pass by.  A few

look at him.  One laughs.


LIU KANG

Take me to your leader!


CROWD CENTAUR 1

Sey takka ta?


CROWD CENTAUR 2

Soto sah.


CROWD CENTAUR 3

Caro motho!


Crowd Centaurs 1 and 2 laugh.


Johnny Cage approaches Liu Kang’s side.


JOHNNY CAGE

Yeah.  Show us your leader!


One Centaur growls.  He races ahead,

at insane speeds beyond the rest of the

Centaurs, to circle around and do a 180-

degree turn, to race back in the direction

of Liu Kang and Johnny Cage.


MOTARO

If you want to face the leader . . . here I am.

My name is Motaro.  I am King of the Centaurs.


INT. ARCADE BUILDING


JAX

Mr. Cage is in real trouble.


SONYA

Shit.  I need to help them!


JAX

Sonya, no!  NO!


Sonya races away quickly, outside.


INT. CHICAGO - STREETS


MOTARO

Here you are.  Raiden’s protected ones.

You two make me laugh, letting your location

be known to us.  The Emperor will be pleased

when I deliver you to him - dead, or alive.  Now.

I will give both of you one last chance - a chance

to live.  Will you serve Shao Kahn, the Emperor

of Earth and Outworld?


LIU KANG & JOHNNY CAGE

Never!!


MOTARO

Then it is decided: I will bring you to the Emperor, dead.


JOHNNY CAGE

Let’s dance, Mr. Ed.


Liu Kang and Johnny Cage get ready for kombat.


SONYA

Johnny, no!


Johnny Cage turns, and sees Sonya, from a distance.


JOHNNY CAGE

Sonya.  Stay back.  Liu and I will deal with this.


SONYA

Johnny, you’ll die!


JOHNNY CAGE

I have to try.


Johnny Cage gets close to Motaro, and is about

ready to attack him.  But Liu Kang arrives and

quickly delivers a roundhouse kick to Motaro’s waist.

Moving fast, he executes a second roundhouse kick.


Johnny Cage attacks Motaro’s upper, human half

with some martial arts.


LIU KANG

You’ve had extensive martial arts training?


JOHNNY CAGE

Of course I have!  You know how

many movies I’ve been in?  Lots of trainers.


Motaro growls, running forward and grabbing

Johnny Cage with his two human arms.  Possessing

the strength of a horse, Motaro lifts Johnny up into

the air and throws him very far through the air.


Motaro runs toward Liu Kang, and he spins his own body

around to kick Liu Kang with his back horse-legs.


Liu Kang goes flying through the air, his body

quickly spinning 90 degrees away.


Motaro could proceed with Liu, but he instead turns

his attention to Johnny.  Motaro races toward him

and knocks him back with only his left hand.


Liu Kang, with his energy so built up, uses all

his concentration to gather together orange energy

in the air.  Soon enough, he throws a ball of

fire in Motaro’s direction.


The fireball flies at Motaro, who simply

raises one hand.


The fireball slows down . . . stops . . . then

reverses its direction and flies back at Liu

Kang.  The monk flies through the air after

being struck by his own fireball.


JOHNNY CAGE

Take this, you . . . horse-fucker!


Johnny Cage throws a ball of green energy through the air.


It, too, stops before reaching Motaro, and instead

flies back to hit him in the head.


Johnny Cage is knocked back, worse than Liu Kang.


Motaro runs at Johnny.  Before he can get up,

Motaro stands over him, dominating him.


JOHNNY CAGE
Oh, no.


As soon as Johnny Cage has risen to his feet,

Motaro grabs his neck with his right hand.


MOTARO

This is the end, human.


SONYA

Nooo!  Johnny!  NOOO!


Johnny looks back at Sonya, for a second.


JOHNNY CAGE

Please . . . p-please, don’t!


MOTARO
Now . . . you will die.


Motaro squeezes harder, and rips Johnny Cage’s

head off his body.


LIU KANG

Nooooo!!


Jax has run through the scene, and he slows

down as he sees the sight.


Motaro is holding Johnny’s head up.  Blood

gushes out of his open neck.  His body soon

collapses to the ground.


Motaro runs on, away from the mortals, back

to leading his crowd of Centaurs.  Leaving the

rest of the mortals alive, for now, they march on

down the street.


One Centaur, with a long black beard, stops

to talk to Sonya.


PASSING CENTAUR

Challenge us to battle - and we will stomp out

each and every single last one of you.


The Centaurs walk on.


Jax grabs his own upper left arm with his right

hand, remembering the loss of his real arms.


The entire crowd of Centaurs is now walking

on, and the mortals are powerless to do anything

else but to watch.


SONYA

I’m so sorry, Johnny.  You were right . . .

we really did lose.


LIU KANG

He knew we had all lost.  At least he tried

to do something about it.


SONYA

So, now what?  Now we kill ourselves?

Or do we wait for them to do it for us?

We wait for them to . . . to make good on

their word, to stomp us all out?


LIU KANG

I . . . I don’t know what to do.


SONYA

I don’t either.  We don’t even have a world

to save anymore.  Even if we could save the

Earth . . . it’s all gone.


Jax puts his right hand on Sonya’s shoulder.


JAX

I’m sorry, Sonya.


FADE TO: BLACK.


INT. CHICAGO - MIDDLE OF THE STREET - THE NEXT MORNING


We FLOAT ON down the street, several stories above the

road, to observe the many rooftops of the buildings in

the southeastern section of Chicago.


Newspapers are flying through the street, with nobody

left to stop it or clean anything in the city.


The sky overhead has become a stormy mixture

of purple, gray, and now red.


INT. CHICAGO - CITY STREETS


RAIDEN

Liu Kang.  Look.  This is the third day

of the merging process.  By the sixth

day, it will be complete, and Earth will

merely be a province of Outworld.


LIU KANG

And on the seventh day?


RAIDEN

On the seventh day, Shao Kahn and I

will be the only ones left standing.

Then . . . then there will only be one left.


LIU KANG

How do you know this?


RAIDEN

I've seen it, before . . . I never shared

this with you before, Liu Kang.  But shortly

before the 10th tournament happened, I

saw a vision of the future.


LIU KANG

. . . What happens?


RAIDEN

There are many possibilities.  Many paths

in the road of time.  I have looked ahead

into the future and seen many different

paths, many possibilities, yet to happen.

But.  One of them involved Shao Kahn

as the last one left standing.  I can't let

that be the future that comes true.


LIU KANG

Is there anything we can do to stop this?


RAIDEN

You must combat his entire extermination

squads, and his generals.  You must combat

his Empress.  And you must combat the

Emperor.  We all must fight with what little

we have left in us to stop the tyranny of my

half-brother.


LIU KANG

This battle is impossible.  I tried to never say

that.  But look what happened to Johnny.

This battle, to defend Earth, is impossible.

Hopeless.  Impossible.


Up ahead, another new figure is approaching.


Soon enough, he makes himself known.  Scorpion.

Missing his mask, his bare skull head is visible.


LIU KANG

What could it be now?


SONYA

That’s Scorpion.  An Outworlder.


LIU KANG

Scorpion . . . we . . . we really don’t have it

in us to fight anymore.


SCORPION

Are you serious?


LIU KANG

Yes.  Besides - what is there to gain, right now,

by killing us?


SCORPION

Why did you think I was here to kill you?


LIU KANG

You’re an Outworlder.  You fight for Outworld.


SCORPION

That is true.  I used to fight for Outworld.

But I never intended to serve Shao Kahn.

I never intended to serve the Emperor.

The only reason I went to Mortal Kombat

was to have revenge against Sub-Zero -

nothing else.


LIU KANG

You’re not here to kill us?


SCORPION

No!  I am not one who serves Outworld, or Shao Kahn.

I only went there to find Sub-Zero.  Now I am here . . .

to help you . . . stop Shao Kahn.


LIU KANG

You’re here to help us?


SCORPION

If we all travel together, on the same side - Earth -

against Outworld - we will more likely win.


LIU KANG

You want to travel with us?


JAX

And we’re supposed to trust him?


SONYA

How can we trust you now, Scorpion?


SCORPION

I guess you can’t.  But our time is running out.

We have almost no time left.  We must fight now,

if we are to win.


SONYA

Fight’s over.  We lost.


SCORPION

The fight has only just begun.


SONYA

Do you expect us to take on all those

Centaurs, by ourselves?


SCORPION

Yes.


SONYA

All those Centaurs, and all those Reptiles,

and all those . . . those other things!


SCORPION

There is a way.  There always must be!


A small crowd of robots, walking identically to each other, connected to a united network of robots, approach Sub-Zero, the last Lin Kuei left to escape automation.  Earlier, the younger Sub-Zero and his friend Smoke had found escape from the Lin Kuei.  But Hydro, recently converted to an automated assassin, captured Smoke to have him converted as well.  Now Smoke is here to fight Sub-Zero, and bring him back to Lin Kuei Headquarters.  Sub-Zero urges Smoke to remember that this is not his will.  Smoke is now nothing but a programmed cyber assassin, here to capture Sub-Zero.  Removing his mask entirely, Sub-Zero has renounced the Lin Kuei clan entirely.  He won his fight with Smoke, but is not happy about it.  A deep scar has formed near his eye.


SUB-ZERO

My entire clan, the Lin Kuei, ran the

Cyber Initiative.  Everyone in the clan

was converted from a human into these

. . . mechnically-enhanced things.  You

don’t understand.  I’ve been in this clan

my whole life.  The old Gransmaster,

he would NEVER have approved of this!

Replacing human discipline with machinery!


JAX

So why did it happen, then?


SUB-ZERO

The Grandmaster died.  He had a heart attack.

When he passed away, his son, Oniro, took over

the position of leading the clan.  Ever since

Oniro took over, nothing has been the same.


JAX
So, the Cyber Iniative, it was all Oniro’s idea?


SUB-ZERO

Correct.  I cannot prove it - but I strongly feel

that Oniro arranged the death of his father, the

old Grandmaster, just to take over his position.

Cyrax and Sektor were the first two conversions.

After that came Hydro.  Right then, me and Smoke

ran away.  He sought refuge in Outworld.  Now

. . . now Smoke is one of them, too.  The only one

left to convert is me.


JAX

Yeah, well, we won’t let them.


Sektor is not resisting the augmentations, and as such, he is taking one step ahead of the rest of the cyber-organisms.  Sektor has gotten his hands on heat-seeking rockets, once sought by the Black Dragon gang, and he is able to add it to his own permanent arsenal.


CLOSE ON Kano.  He twists his head to the left

for a second.  His animalistic half is in control.

Then his head returns to normal - the human side

of Kano.


SHAO KAHN

Kano.  Your soul still occupies your body, your

doppelganger.  You may notice that you and the

doppelganger are wrestling for control of that body.


KANO
I’ve noticed!


SHAO KAHN

I could own your soul.  But I let you live.

I let you walk the Earth.  I have some use for you.


KANO

You do?


SHAO KAHN

You will teach my Armies how to use Earth’s weapons.


KANO

And if I don’t?


SHAO KAHN

I will take your soul.


KANO
Very well!  I’ll teach your armies!  What kind

of weapons are we talking here?


SHAO KAHN

Guns.  Knives.  Rockets.  You will teach these

weapons to my Armies, until they have all learned

how to use the weapons for themselves.


KANO

You picked just the right guy for the job!

I know all about weapons.  I - I used to have

all kinds of connections.  You know.  Back when

they were . . . still here.


SHAO KAHN

Come with me.  Step with me into this portal.


Shao Kahn uses both hands to manipulate orange

energy.  Slowly, he begins to tear open a portal.


Kano swallows nervously.


KANO

I’m ready for their education!


Soon, the portal is open completely.  Shao Kahn

steps inside, followed by Kano.


EXT. WATERFRONT WAREHOUSE - EVENING


Shao Kahn and Kano step out of a portal

to walk on the street in front of a waterfront

warehouse.


Here, many Shokan are standing in a crowd,

almost neat enough to make rows and columns.


SHAO KAHN

Attention!  Here he is.  Your education in weapon

training begins!


KANO

Ahh!  Yes!  Hallo there!  The name’s Kano.

And I’m here to teach you guys all how to use

weapons to kill people.  Now.  You ready for

your first lesson?


Kano presents a knife in one hand.


KANO

Knife.  Kniiiife.  This black part, here - you grip

the knife by this.  This blade, the sharp part, is

the “blade”.  You THROW the knife at a person -

and you do some real damage.


Kano presents a gun.


KANO

This is a “gun”.  It kills people.


CROWD CENTAUR
THAT little thing kills people?


KANO

Watch.


Kano aims the pistol at a brick wall, and POW!


The used bullet flies out of the gun and strikes Kano

on the metal part of his face.


KANO

Ahhh, damn it!  Okay.  Now, ladies and . . . gentlemen.

Look.  Look at the thing I just shot!


CENTAUR

I am not impressed with this “gun”!


KANO

Fine, look at THIS!


Kano falls down to one knee, holds both arms

out ahead of him, and begins to open fire on a

car parked in the street.  His goal is to break the

glass windows of the parked car.


POW!  POW!  POW!  POW!  POW!

And then he is out of ammo.  Click.  Click.


KANO
Out of ammo.  Damn i!  Observe.  “Out of ammo.”

Means no more bullets.  For right now.  See, that’s how

it works, you get SIX shots - that’s with a six-shooter,

anyway - and then that’s it.  Then you have to reload,

put more bullets into the chamber.

Now.  This is nothing.  This is a Glock.  This is a kid’s gun.

A REAL assault rifle - higher caliber, I’m talking a 39

magnum rifle - THAT has some real kick to it.


CENTAUR

I am not impressed by any of this “gun” talk!

I don’t think we need them!


KANO

These are Emperor’s orders.  Now, you wanna

go against Emperor’s orders?


The Centaur falls silent.


KANO

Okay, then!  Let’s go on!  “Out of ammo.”

Cannot kill anyone.  Must reload.  Now.  How to

reload a gun.  This is why I like knives better . . .


He opens up the gun.  He pulls out the six chambers

from the barrel.  He loads one bullet in.  Rotates the

chamber.  Loads the second bullet in.  Rotates the

chamber.  Loads the third bullet in.  Rotates the chamber.


KANO

I’m telling you.  Killing people, it’s kind of like fishing.

Do you guys have fishing?  You guys go fishing, where

you come from?  Well, it’s like fishing.  There’s . . .

there’s a process to it, there’s rules.  You learn the

rules, and you go and you hunt, and you kill.

Number One rule of a gun.  AIM.  Aim at just the

right spot.  Now, MOST guns - you aim an inch or

two to the right.  That’s the hard part.


CENTAUR

(to his friend) I still don’t think these guns are necessary.


His Centaur friend nods his head.


SOON - Kano walks around in front of the vampires.


KANO

Now, I want YOU to aim at those targets,

and try to shoot down those targets.


The vampires aim their new guns at their

red-and-white targets.


POW!  POW!  POW!  POW!  Kano smiles

as he watches the vampires at work.


SOON - he shows the Shokan how to aim

a double-barreled shotgun.


KANO
THIS has some kick to it.  You fire a shot,

you’re forced to take a step or two back.

This is not a pistol, like the last gun.

No, no, baby.  This is bigger than a pistol.


SHOKAN

Shokan weapons never run out of ammo.


KANO

Well . . . sorry, but, this isn’t Shokan.


The Shokan aims the rifle up, near Kano’s head.


KANO

Hey, hey!  Watch it, now!  Let’s not misfire!

Wait.  That’s one more lesson.  Another lesson!

Misfire!  Try not to shoot each other out there!


SHOKAN 2

Why are we listening to a human being, anyway?

Why do we have to listen to him?  The Shokan AND

the Centaurs are both listening to Kano!


SHOKAN 1

Well, this is how it works.  He can teach us Earth’s weapons.


SHOKAN 2

Still!  Do you accept this??  Do you accept

that the Shokan and the Centaurs have to work

together like this?  That we’re forced to train

alongside those . . . Centaurs?  Do you LIKE this??


SHOKAN 1

No!  No, I don’t like this!  But what choice

do we have?  We must learn from this Kano.


SHOKAN 2

I’m not training under this human, next to

those Centaurs!




Sonya and Kano fight each other on the rooftops of Chicago, and Sonya throws Kano off a roof, watching him die a second time.


JAX’S VOICE

What happened?


SONYA

Me and Kano got into a fight.


JAX’S VOICE

And who won?


SONYA

I threw him off the roof.


JAX’S VOICE

Nice.


SONYA

(exhausted) So Kano is dead.  And with him dies

Shao Kahn’s attempts to educate his armies

with Earth’s weapons.


INT. HOTEL - HALLWAY


Jax is talking into his wrist-comm.


JAX

I’m glad to see you’re okay.  I’ll see

you here back at the hotel.


SONYA

For sure.  Lieutenant Blade out.


INT. CHICAGO - STREETS - NIGHT


A crowd of robots walks down the street,

making identical motions.  The robots are

all silver in color.  They walk in perfect rows

and columns down the Chicago street.


INT. HOTEL - 5th FLOOR - NIGHT


Sub-Zero and Jax look out the window together.


JAX

So all these robots are looking for you, huh?


SUB-ZERO

I was the last Lin Kuei to escape the clan.

This is strictly against their rules.


JAX

Hmm.  Hey, whatever happened with your

friend Smoke?


SUB-ZERO

. . . Smoke?


JAX

Yeah, your Lin Kuei friend wearing the gray?

Weren't you two both escaping your Lin Kuei clan?


SUB-ZERO

Yes.  We were.  We thought Outworld would be

a place of refuge from them.


JAX

But?


SUB-ZERO

But, one of their cybernetic assassins followed us

to Outworld, and captured Smoke, to have him brought

back to Headquarters.  There, he was converted.


JAX

Converted?  Converted into what?


SUB-ZERO

Into one of the mindless things you see out there.


JAX

. . . What?


Jax looks out the window again, out at the robots

that walk down the street.


JAX

I'm not comprehending this.  How does a

human being get transformed into a robot?


SUB-ZERO

All that metal that you see, it's just outer

casing, placed over the body.  It's like

armor.  Underneath, those men are still

very human - flesh and blood.


JAX

Really!


SUB-ZERO

Really.


JAX

. . . Then . . . they're not robots.  They're not

machines.  They're more like . . . half-human,

half-weaponized machine assassins.

The ultimate ninja assassin.


SUB-ZERO

Not ninja.


JAX

Right, right.  Sorry.  Lin Kuei.


SUB-ZERO

Mindless and obedient.  All sense of

individual thoughts or personality gone.


JAX

And your buddy Smoke was

turned into one of those things?


SUB-ZERO

Yes.  He may be any one of them now.


JAX

I don't understand.  Why is it that all these

robots are silver, except these two colored

folks in the front?  Ketchup, and Mustard.


SUB-ZERO

Yes, "Ketchup" and "Mustard" are Sektor and Cyrax.

Their job is to lead the search-and-capture missions.

They want to do to me what they did to Smoke.

I would be left . . . as one more of those things.


Sub-Zero shakes his head.


SUB-ZERO

I'll never have my life back.  Never!

Even if I get out of this alive.  I'll never

be able to just go back to the good days.

The days when my clan was on top of it

all.  When Smoke was just a human.  And

Hydro!  And my brother!  And the real

Grandmaster.  Now . . . now everything

I know and love is gone.


JAX

Hey . . . listen.  I understand it's not easy.

You see people dropping like flies.  You

wish the world was easier.  But it's not.


SUB-ZERO

I'm the last one left that's a human.

The last one left!  I'll never have

the life that I need back!


JAX

Hold that thought.  Looks like Ketchup and

Mustard just found a way to break inside the

building.


Although Smoke failed to capture Sub-Zero, now Cyrax and Sektor approach him.  Inside the hotel building, Sektor fires heat-seeking rockets, and Sub-Zero tries to manipulate ice to protect himself, but he is eventually struck by a rocket and knocked down, to be captured in a bio-net by Cyrax.  Kept in containment, he is told by both robots that he will be coming back to Lin Kuei Headquarters to proceed to automation.


Nightwolf, seeing Sub-Zero beaten, transforms into a wolf.  Shedding his humanity, he unleashes his animality, the wolf called Kiva.  Sub-Zero is no longer a friend, while Nightwolf is Kiva.  He attacks Sub-Zero for a second, but is then attacked by a robot, and so Nightwolf takes everything out on all the robots in the area.  Sub-Zero is glad to have Nightwolf as an ally.  Cyrax, robot, is assumed killed in this battle.  Sektor leads the robots away from the hotel, retreating.  Once Nightwolf is done, he begins to calm down.  He ends up attacking Sub-Zero again, who freezes the werewolf's legs until he will transform into a human again at sunrise.  Still, Sub-Zero thanks Nightwolf for saving his life.


They remain on guard at the hotel together, on Floor 3.


SUB-ZERO

We’ll need to get food and drink.

Frost and I can go get some, and

come back.


SONYA

Are you sure?


SUB-ZERO

We are the only two who can freeze things

that get in our way.  We’ll bring back enough

food and drink for everyone.


SONYA

It would spoil.


SUB-ZERO

Not if it’s frozen.


Sub-Zero and Frost walk out of the hotel door together.


The door closes behind them.


INT. HOTEL - HALLWAY


Sub-Zero and Frost begin the long process

of leaving the hotel, by walking down the

hallway.


SUB-ZERO

I don’t have a keycard on me.  Do you?


FROST

No.


SUB-ZERO

Shit.  We’ll just have to knock on the door

when we want to get back in.


FROST

Suppose everyone is asleep.


SUB-ZERO

We’ll knock.  Wake someone up.


FROST

We could always just freeze the door,

and shatter it, you know -


SUB-ZERO

No!  Never.  Then, any kind of monster could

get inside the room.


FROST

Well, whatever.  Let’s go get some food and drink.

(eying a vending machine)

Gaaaasp!  Chocolate M&M’s!


SUB-ZERO

Don’t be silly.  The machine isn’t working.


FROST

Ohhh, man, I don’t have any money on me right now.


SUB-ZERO

Let’s walk.


We FOLLOW SUB-ZERO on his walk down the hallway.


SUB-ZERO

Now.  In order to get all the way there safely,

we have to constantly watch the other’s backs.

Make sure nobody is coming, from both south

and north, all the time.  We can freeze whatever

we want, but we still must stay hydrated -


Turning his head, he suddenly realizes

she’s not next to him anymore.


SUB-ZERO

Frost??


Shatter!  Much ice breaks apart, behind him.


Frost is dealing with a vending machine

whose glass has been frozen and shattered.


SUB-ZERO

Frost.  Did you do this?


FROST

Don’t look at ME.


She reaches in, to take out the chocolate.


FROST

Don’t mind if I just take all the chocolate there is!

Hey.  How many you want?


SUB-ZERO

I’m fine.


FROST

Come on.  Take one!


She tosses him a candy wrapper.  He catches

it.  They proceed to the elevator.


SUB-ZERO

If you had grown up in the Lin Kuei,

like me, instead of Colorado, life would

have been very different.


She presses the elevator’s button.

In a short time, it opens.


FROST

But I didn’t grow up in China.

I grew up right here.


INT. ELEVATOR


Frost presses the G button.


FROST
So, we go and get food, and drink,

and bring it back for everyone?

Enough to last how long?  3 days?  4?


SUB-ZERO

I would say about 7.  Remember.

Everyone dies if no one eats food.


FROST
What about toothbrushes?  Toothpaste?

We need to get some of those, too.  WAIT!
Those are complimentary at hotels.  All

hotels have ’em.  We just have to FIND the

toothbrushes and toothpaste . . . no, wait,

that’s gonna take all night.  Let’s just buy

them from the store.  Or - loot them, whatever.


The doors open, and Sub-Zero and Frost

proceed to the hotel’s front doors.


SUB-ZERO

I do have aching in my teeth and gums.

I haven’t brushed my teeth OR my gums

in . . . a week.


FROST

How do you do that?  How do you

not feel all gross in the mouth?


SUB-ZERO

It’s funny, but sometimes, little things, like

Shao Kahn’s invasion, make you so busy

that you forget to brush your teeth.


FROST
Where does it hurt?


SUB-ZERO

My upper-left gums.  Also, my lower right.  I

have one tooth in my lower right that’s throbbing.


FROST
You know what you need?


SUB-ZERO

What?


FROST

I know all about this.  Orajel - for the gums.

New toothbrush and toothpaste, for the teeth.

Hot salt water, rinse it around, for the gum

pain.  It disinfects.  Maybe also some mouth-

wash.  You need new dental floss - get all that

food out from in between your teeth.  Those

little pieces of food, that’s what generates the

bacteria as you sleep.


SUB-ZERO

I’m fine.


FROST
You’re not fine, if you have tooth pain and

gum pain, brother.  Let me help you.


SUB-ZERO

Fine.


INT. CHICAGO - STREETS - NIGHT


Some, but not all, of the white light posts

are still active in Chicago at night.


Sub-Zero and Frost walk on.  A traffic

light’s red, yellow, and green lights are

all on at once.  They blink on, and off,

repeatedly, forever.


Sub-Zero and Frost walk on.


FROST

So now where?  Walgreens?  CVS?  Target?

Wal-Mart?  We can do our shopping anywhere

now - you know, cause there ain’t no cops to

stop us.


SUB-ZERO

That’s not why we’re doing this.

We’re not doing this because there’s

“no cops to stop us” - but because

there’s no people around to interact

with, to get this done the right way.


FROST

Yeah, well, whatever you say, Captain.


SUB-ZERO

Do you know what we both have in common?


FROST
Nothing?


SUB-ZERO

We both are siblings of Sub-Zero,

who went to the Mortal Kombat tournament.


FROST

Too bad I never really got to meet him.


SUB-ZERO

If the legends are true, then neither one

of us is quite the assassin he was.


So the two siblings freeze all the vampires they find, on their way to find food and drink.  They return with enough for everyone.


INT. CHICAGO - STREETWAY - MIDDAY


The mortals are traveling together.


They come up against an oncoming horde

of over 200 Shokan, half-human, half-dragon.


SONYA

If I’m not mistaken, these look like the Shokan.


LIU KANG

We avoided the Shokan in Outworld, before.  But

I don’t understand.  Goro is dead.  Grum is dead.

So is Kintaro.  Who leads the Shokan now?


A female Shokan, dressed in red, steps forth.


LIU KANG

A woman?


FROST

Who in the Hell are you?


SHEEVA
Princess Sheeva, of Kuatan.


LIU KANG

Princess??


SHEEVA

I was a wife of Goro, Prince of the Shokan race,

in Kuatan.  I will make you pay for killing him.


LIU KANG

You were his wife?


SHEEVA

His seventh wife.


She gets all four hands ready for fighting.


SHEEVA

I grew up on the Amazon island in Kuatan.

Us women were raised to be nothing but

fighters and brutal killers.  Now you will

see how deadly an Amazon Shokan is.


KITANA

Certainly not what little girls in Edenia used to

think of, when they heard the word princess!


SHEEVA
Once I have killed you all, your souls will

go to Shao Kahn.  No longer will you be

able to stop it.  So which of you wants to

get knocked down by me first?


LIU KANG

I, Liu Kang, challenge you to Mortal Kombat.


SHEEVA

I accept your challenge!


Sheeva leaps up into the air, and lands smashing

into the ground, right next to Liu Kang, because

he ran away just in time.


The gravel street breaks apart by her body.


SHEEVA

What’s the matter, Liu Kang?  Are you afraid?


Liu Kang uses both hands to gather energy.

Soon, he throws a fireball at her chest.


SHEEVA

Fool!  We Shokan were the original

masters of manipulating energy!

Sheeva uses all four hands to gather energy.


The fireball she produces is twice the

size of Liu Kang’s, because she has

twice the amount of hands working on it.


Once it’s done forming, she throws the

fireball much faster than Liu Kang would.

It flies through the air, but he leaps away,

and the fireball instead hits a gas station’s

sign, causing the Deacon Gas sign to fall

off its post and hit the ground.


SHEEVA

Grr-RRRR!


Very quickly, she throws another fireball

through the air at Liu Kang.  He tries to

run away, to the side, but he still gets struck.

Like a high dosage of electricity, the fire-

ball sends him flying away through the air.


Liu Kang lays down on the ground.

Rubble has already begun to form

underneath him.


Liu Kang spits out some blood.


In the foreground, Liu Kang BLURS -

in the background, Sheeva becomes clear.

She walks calmly, at a medium speed,

toward Liu Kang.  She is just toying with

her finished prey now.


From behind Sheeva, we FOLLOW HER
WALK to the exhausted monk, who stands

back up to his feet and, like a boxer, refuses

to give up or fall.  He keeps both fists up.


Liu swings a fist at Sheeva - a fist that

she catches, in one hand.  She begins to

squeeze his fist.


He swings a left fist at her.  She catches

that fist, too.


She squeezes both of his fists.  Crunch.


He screams from the pain.


Sheeva uses her other two hands to beat

Liu Kang, when he cannot run away.

He endures a terrible beating from her.


KUNG LAO

Noooo!


Kung Lao runs at Liu Kang and Sheeva,

yet himself is approached by two more

female Amazon Shokan.


FEMALE SHOKAN 1

Where are you going?


FEMALE SHOKAN 2

You’ll be going nowhere!


A FAR-AWAY DISTANCE reveals

that, on this long stretch of road in

Chicago, there are more Shokan around

than there are people.


Clearly, the Earth mortals have already lost.




The Centaurs show up as well.


There is only one possible way left to win.  They all huddle together to discuss the new plan.  They pledge their loyalty to the Centaurs, infuriating the Shokan.  Finally, the Shokan and Centaurs fight, to settle the dispute of which is superior.  Sheeva fights Motaro.  The fight arouses the anger of all the Shokan, and Centaur, who engage in an all-out brawl.  The mortals quickly run away, and get half a mile away before the Centaurs notice they're missing.  Raiden shows up, and uses most of his remaining power to open a portal to a place a few miles away.


The next morning, Raiden tells the mortals that his power is weakening to almost nothing.  He no longer has the easy ability to generate portals to other locations in space.  Soon enough, he fears that the very protection he has given the mortals will be worn thin to nothing.


Mileena, Jade, and Pearl arrive, to tell Kitana to come back with them.  Kitana refuses, and fights the three assassins.


Liu Kang, Princess Kitana, Sonya, and Jax

stand side by side.


Mileena approaches Kitana.


MILEENA

Have you forgotten your ways, sister?

You serve Outworld.


KITANA

Wrong.  You're just brainwashed to do

anything they tell you to do.


MILEENA

I'm not here to fight you, sister.

I'm here to bring you back.


JADE

Yes.  You will have a lot more use to us,

fighting FOR us, rather than opposing us!


KITANA

Jade!  How could you?  Did you forget

life in Edenia?


JADE

I remember life in Edenia.  But I also see

the world I live in now.  I see who rules it.

And I see who I serve.


Jade puts a green veil over her face,

like Mileena's.  Kitana's is still gone.


JADE

You will serve Shao Kahn, too,

Kitana . . . just like you used to.


KITANA

No.  NO!


JADE

Yes, for many great years, you fought bravely,

courageously, for Outworld.  I hope to see you

do so again.




Kitana fights Mileena.


Kitana fights Jade.


Jade throws a boomerang, which

returns to her.


Jade is capable of turning solid matter

into jade by touching it, altering the

landscape of the area around her and

creating new areas to hide behind.


She can turn anything into solid jade.


Even Kitana's fans, Jade turns into jade.

Then she throws the jaded fans right back

at Kitana.


Sub-Zero fights Pearl.


Jax fights Pearl.


Shao Kahn arrives, accompanied by

Sindel and Shang Tsung.


SINDEL

Three of you failed to convert Kitana to

Outworld's side?  Pathetic.  All of you.  Pathetic!


SHANG TSUNG

What shall I do with them, Master?


SHAO KAHN

Mileena . . . send her to the Rejuvinating Springs.


SHANG TSUNG

Yes, Master.  And Jade and Pearl?


SHAO KAHN

Leave them here.  Take their outfits.


SHANG TSUNG

Yes.


INT. CHICAGO STREETS - SOON


Jade and Pearl, now completely naked,

sit on the ground, covering themselves up,

while Shang Tsung walks away with their outfits.


INT. CHICAGO STREETS - FARTHER SOUTH


KITANA

Mileena, Jade, and Pearl are no longer a threat.


LIU KANG

But so many remain.  Shao Kahn.  Sindel.

Hey - look!


Liu Kang points to an injured man laying

beside a public building, groaning in pain.


The group walks closer to the fallen man.


FALLEN MAN

Ohhhhhh . . . my arm . . . my arm.


KUNG LAO

Are you okay?


Kung Lao helps the man up to his feet.


FALLEN MAN

Yes.  Yes, I am.


He transforms back into Shang Tsung.

The collar around his neck remains unchanged.


Shang Tsung quickly fights Kung Lao,

who is ill-prepared.  After a string of

attacks using both hands, he knocks

Kung Lao backward to the ground.


LIU KANG

Shang Tsung!  You will fight me!


Liu Kang and Chan run at Shang Tsung,

and both begin to fight him at once.


Shang Tsung is simply smiling and laughing.


SHANG TSUNG

Hmmm hmm hmm hmm.  You will see that my

warriors are rising!


Shang Tsung points.


Dozens of human skeletons are walking down

the street, to follow Shang Tsung.


LIU KANG

What are they?


SHANG TSUNG

The dead and buried.  I have risen them up

using my legion of enslaved souls.


Shang Tsung arrives, accompanied by a skeleton crew of human bodies, nothing left but bone, filled with the souls from his own collection.  As Liu Kang and Kung Lao approach Shang Tsung, he makes himself look like Kung Lao, and he confuses Liu Kang enough to get him to fight the real Kung Lao.  Then, Shang Tsung makes himself look like the old Kung Lao, from the first Earth tournament.  Both monks fight the man, who soon is clearly Shang Tsung again.


In the graveyard, Ermac is the one casting souls out into human bodies.  They fight Ermac.


Rain summons the rainfall.  They fight Rain, taking him down as well.


Reptile is in charge of leading the Saurian army.  Liu Kang urges Reptile to understand that his home realm of Zaterra was taken over by Shao Kahn, and destroyed, causing the near-extinction of his race.  Reptile refuses to believe this.  Liu Kang is a liar, he has been told: a manipulator, willing to make up anything to have his way.  Reptile will not be persuaded by his attempts to lead Reptile against Shao Kahn.  The Emperor has told him the story of Zaterra: it was a dying world, on the path to death, before Shao Kahn arrived and offered a new chance for hope for life, by joining it together with his own Outworld.  The realm has lived on, as a province of Outworld, due to Shao Kahn's noble actions.  Liu Kang is able to eventually persuade Reptile to see the truth, and to lead Reptile to lead his own Raptor men against Shao Kahn, hoping to get Zaterra back in the control of its own people.  Reptile has become a friend and ally.  All the Raptors are led up in arms against Shao Kahn.


S.W.A.T. officer Curtis Stryker takes on undead banshee Sindel near a wrecked bank.  He avoids her supersonic scream, and uses tactical riot gear to deal with her.  Now the Bride of Shao Kahn is down, and so is Shang Tsung, and even Sheeva and Motaro.  Now Shao Kahn arrives, refusing to let go of Earth.  Raiden and Shao Kahn fight.  Shao Kahn beats the weakened Raiden, and he laughs as he remarks that now he will kill every person until he and Raiden are the last two left standing.


Finally, it's Noob Saibot who fights and stops Shao Kahn.  Once Sub-Zero, and now a wraith, Noob Saibot stops Emperor Shao Kahn from keeping his grip on Earth.


Shinnok arrives, and remarks that, although his son, Shao Kahn, was born to do his father's bidding, he ended up on a path all his own.  Now that Shinnok has gotten his own Essence back for himself, he is again all powerful.  Shao Kahn may be a half-mortal, half-Elder God, but Shinnok is pure Elder God.  Now that Outworld has been split apart into 9 realms again, Shinnok will own them all.


- Skate park scene.  Jail cell scene.  Police station exterior scene.