Bizarrely, the Monster Hunter movie that was mooted back in May has been given the go-ahead. Capcom officially announced the film adaptation of Monster Hunter late last night, with the movie tentatively titled (drum roll, please) ‘Monster Hunter’.
The Monster Hunter movie will be directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, who’s had a bit of a mixed career. He directed Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Death Race, AVP: Alien vs Predator and Mortal Kombat, probably peaking with Event Horizon in 1997. You get the picture for where the potential Monster Hunter movie could be headed then. It’s doubtful it’ll be Oscar material, although it could be a fun ride.
“After living and breathing in the universe of Monster Hunter for 14 years we are thrilled with enormous anticipation to see our creations adapted for a theatrical release,” said Monster Hunter series producer, Ryozo Tsujimoto “Monster Hunter’s fan base has exploded over the past year with the runaway success of the game Monster Hunter: World. It is our hope long-time fans and new alike will join us on this exciting exploration of the Monster Hunter universe.”
Monster Hunter will be about two heroes who come together from different worlds in order to attempt to defeat a shared menace - deadly monsters that have inhabited the land. Cue the sharpening on whetstones, it’s monster hunting time.
Principal Photography for the Monster Hunter movie will be starting this month, and Sony Pictures will be handling worldwide distribution. There's probably never been a better time to make a Monster Hunter movie either. MonHun World became the best-selling game in Capcom's history this year, breaking 10 million units sold worldwide.