Resident Evil heroine Milla Jovovich has been announced as the leading star in a new live action Monster Hunter movie.
Monster Hunter will be directed and written by Paul W.S. Anderson, the director of the Resident Evil movie series, Alien vs. Predator, Event Horizon, and, ahem, 1995’s Mortal Kombat movie.
The latest draft of the Monster Hunter movie has been delivered and shooting for the movie will begin in South Africa this September. Special effects studio Mr. X will be on hand for all the graphical wizardry. They too also worked on the Resident Evil movie franchise.
It seems Mr. Anderson has a bit of a pattern to his latest movies then. Jovovich is a name now synonymous with Resident Evil, but she’ll turn her hand to a spot of monster slaying for the Monster Hunter movie, based on Capcom’s series of beast-tracking games. The idea for a Monster Hunter movie has been kicked about by Anderson since as far back as 2012, but the success of Monster Hunter World has clearly caused the project to step up a gear. Monster Hunter World is now the best selling Capcom game of all time, so there’s certainly a ravenous audience for the franchise.
As for the plot, all the back in 2012, Anderson said it would be centred on a single hunter character in a parallel world filled with deadly monsters. “The central characters are very relatable American characters,” said Anderson in 2016. “You take a person from the ordinary world who thinks they’re in a dead-end job, they have no future, they feel like their life’s a failure, it’s going nowhere, like Keanu Reeves in The Matrix. It’s about a normal American who gets dragged into this parallel world, this Monster Hunter world. Then eventually the parallel world ends up coming to our world. So you have the creatures from the Monster Hunter world invading our world.”
Naturally, as with any video game movie adaptation, it’s probably best to keep your expectations in check. The Resident Evil movies aren’t terrible, but they’re not exactly great either. Anderson’s track record suggests we can expect more of the same. What Monster Hunter does have going for it though are those big ass monsters which could make it a rather tasty popcorn flick.