Capcom’s Monster Hunter game franchise is getting a movie adaptation from German production company Constantin Film AG. The film goes into production this fall in Cape Town, South Africa and will have a $60 million budget. Included in the long list of movies the company has produced are the 2005 and 2015 Fantastic Four films, Pandorum, and the Resident Evil franchise.
Now, Constantin is teaming back up with the star of Resident Evil, Milla Jovovich, for Monster Hunter. The film will be directed by Paul W. S. Anderson with producer Jeremy Bolt, both of which also worked on the Resident Evil series. Although the production company is working on a Resident Evil reboot, Anderson will not return to direct it.
When discussing the reboot, Martin Moszkowicz, executive chairman at Constantin, told Variety, ”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.” Regarding Anderson coming back to direct, he said, “He did six movies, earning $1.2 billion, 10 years of work; he felt it was time to move on.”
Monster Hunter’s special effects will be handled by Mr. X, which worked on the Resident Evil films as well. The company is also working on the upcoming Hellboy reboot, titled Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, due out January 2019. Considering everyone just mentioned was involved in the Resident Evil franchise, it gives us a good idea on what to expect, visually and atmospherically.
I think it’s safe to assume that there will be plenty of unhappy Monster Hunter fans before a trailer even drops because of the ties to Resident Evil. Considering the films were very far removed from the game series, I hope that this will be more faithful to the Monster Hunter game franchise. So, fingers crossed and we’ll see what comes next.
The latest game in the Monster Hunter series, Monster Hunter: World, was released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in January of this year. Shortly after release, it was Capcom’s fastest and best-selling game in the history of the company with 7.9 million copies shipped by March 2018.
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