Resident Evil Films’ Director Paul W.S. Anderson Drafts Monster Hunter Hollywood Film
Entertainment news source Deadline reported on Monday that live-action Resident Evil film series director Paul W.S. Anderson and his Impact Pictures producing partner Jeremy Bolt are working on the Hollywood live-action film adaptation of CAPCOM‘s Monster Hunter action game franchise. Impact Pictures released a concept picture for the film (seen below) showing a dragon at Los Angeles International Airport.
Impact Pictures describes the film:
For every Monster, there is a Hero. An ordinary man in a dead end job discovers that he is actually the descendant of an ancient hero. He must travel to a mystical world to train to become a Monster Hunter, before the mythical creatures from that world destroy ours.
Anderson has written a draft for the film’s script, and Impact Pictures plans to partner with Dennis Berardi, president of visual effects company Mr. X. Bolt states that the film’s budget will be in the similar “$50 million net” as the final Resident Evil film, and adds that the pair have the concept for “about two movies.” The story will have an ordinary person traveling to the Monster Hunter world before coming back to the real world to fight an “epic battle in and around LAX.”
Anderson states that he sees the film and the game’s world as an “opportunity to have a cinematic universe.”
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the “final” live-action film based on CAPCOM‘s Resident Evil games, opens in Japan on December 23, and then in North America on January 27.
The game series is also inspiring a CG film titled Resident Evil: Vendetta that will open worldwide in 2017.
The latest installment in the Monster Hunter game series is Monster Hunter Stories, which CAPCOM released in Japan on October 8. The game is the series’ first foray into the role-playing game genre. Monster Hunter Stories RIDE ON television anime, which premiered on October 2. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan, and Funimation began streaming an English broadcast dub on October 30.
A new game titled Monster Hunter XX (pronounced “double cross”) will ship in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS on March 18. The game is an enhanced version of the Monster Hunter X game, which shipped in Japan in November 2015. Nintendo released the game on July 15 in the West under the title Monster Hunter Generations.
Source: Deadline (Mike Fleming Jr.)
Image from Impact Pictures