It turns out that Capcom's beast stalking franchise Monster Hunter is following its in-house colleague Resident Evil to Hollywood and the adaptation will be featuring the same actor-director duo of Milla Jovovich and Paul W. S. Anderson.
So, work on Monster Hunter apparently begins in September of 2018 with a $60 million budget. Producer is Jeremy Bolt, another name you may be familiar with from Resident Evil's cinematic version.
Of course, Monster Hunter isn't exactly Oscar material out of the box, seeing as how the game barely has a plot. True, slaughtering monsters is great fun and works in a game the big screen requires a bit more mojo to it.
Anderson is ready for the task though, even teasing the general plot of Monster Hunter the movie. It follows a man who turns out to be a descendant of a hero. He goes to a mythical world and trains to become a Monster Hunter, before the monsters destroy our world. Indeed, Deviljho would be somewhat of an unpleasant guest.
The sandbox nature of Capcom's Monster Hunter lends itself well to filmmaking, Anderson thinks, which wasn't quite the case when they set out to make Resident Evil. There aren't any central characters so the team can really go all out.
Anderson added that "the Monster Hunter world includes these huge deserts that make the Gobi Desert look like a sandbox, and they have ships that sail through the sand. These full-on galleons, but rather than sailing on the ocean waves, they sail through waves of sand…You’re fighting these giant creatures, some as big as a city block. They live underneath the Earth and when they burst out, it’s like the best of Dune. You also have these flying dragons, giant spiders, the most wonderful creatures.”
Of course, Monster Hunter not having central characters means you can't ruin central characters either, which should work out pretty good for Anderson and Jovovich. I can't really say I'm a huge fan of Resident Evil's cinematic achievements either but seriously - who doesn't like giant monsters?