After selling 7.9 million units, Capcom’s Monster Hunter: World is taking the Monster Hunter story beyond the video game space. Constantin Film has secured the rights to put the video game story on the silver screen.
The video game adaptation will be budgeted at $60 million and will begin production in September. The German-based film company has tied Milla Jovovich to star in the film in an unnamed role. Milla’s husband, Paul W.S. Anderson, has also been linked to the Monster Hunter movie as the film’s writer and director. Jeremy Bolt is slated to produce.
Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich have been working together for years on other video game based movies. The couple has been working together on the Resident Evil franchise since 2002. They have recently completed Resident Evil: the Final Chapter in 2016. The movie was filmed in South Africa which is where they will be shooting the Monster Hunter project. South Africa has been a place of comfort for Anderson and Jovovich
While not much is known about what the story will look like, Anderson states that Monster Hunter will be the start of a new film series. Anderson will be implementing his unique style in the movie and will be sure to showcase Monster Hunter’s video game roots.
While Capcom will receive the credit for creating the Monster Hunter games, Constantin Film will be the only production company tied to the production of the movie. Mr. X, the Canadian-based visual effects company will also be working on the feature film after working with Anderson on his Resident Evil pictures.
Paul W.S. Anderson has started pre-production, but there is no information on a release date for the film just yet. Just like the title of the game, Monster Hunter has always been about the player capturing and slaying monsters. Although the games have never featured one individual character, it will be exciting to see what Anderson has in store for us when the movie is finally released.