Variety has reported in an exclusive that Paul W.S. Anderson will be working on a movie adaptation of Capcom’s Monster Hunter. The movie, which will star Milla Jovovich (best known for her portrayal as Alice in the Resident Evil franchise) is scheduled to commence its production in September this year.
Along with his producing partner Jeremy Bolt, Anderson who had directed four of the Resident Evil films including the series’ recent and last installment, 2016’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, will be helming this film under production and distribution company, Constantin Film, with a budget of USD60 million/RM238 million.
The Monster Hunter movie, that will also be written by Anderson, will be shot in South Africa, in and around Cape Town while its special effects will be supplied by Toronto’s Technicolor-owned Mr. X, which had also worked on the Resident Evil movie franchise.
Martin Moszkowicz of Constantin said at the Cannes Film Festival that the movie will be a highly stylish big screen adaptation of the video game. He had also noted that Monster Hunter will be visualised as a film series, saying that: “We are in the business of brand creation.”
As for the Resident Evil reboot, Moszkowicz acknowledged that Constantin is “still working on it creatively” in which said reboot may be released in the form of a TV series instead, stating:
”For us, the main thing is to get it right creatively so people don’t think it’s more of the same. That’s what it’s all about these days, a fresh, different approach.”
A movie adaptation deal for Monster Hunter doesn’t really come off as a surprise as Capcom had recently announced that Monster Hunter: World is the company’s best selling title to date. With over 7.5 million copies shipped worldwide, the title even beat the likes of the Resident Evil series.
So, hunters, are you looking forward to seeing this beloved series on the big screen?
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