Film adaptions of popular video game franchises always find their way into theaters, one way or another. The latest entry from the collection of Capcom franchises is the mega-hit Monster Hunter series; and we’ve just been given an official release window.
Under the reigns of Resident Evil famed couple, Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson, Monster Hunter will follow in the footsteps of the incredibly successful six-part movie saga of the survival horror franchise. Anderson will take on the role of writing, producing and directing the upcoming monster slaying adventure film while Jovovich will star in the film.
The Monster Hunter series pits players against massive reptilian-like beasts using giant melee weapons in a skilled battle to the end. Capturing or slaying monsters in order to upgrade your equipment is essentially the name of the game, though there are a few sprinkles of story dipped into the game, as well.
The new film will star Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil series) as Lt. Artemis embarking in a new world littered with enormous, deadly beasts. By teaming up with co-star Tony Jaa (Ong-Bak, Furious 7) portraying his role as The Hunter — qualified specialists who deal in taming, capturing and defeating these massive creatures.
As the duo team up in the mysterious, monster riddled world after Artemis and her squad accidentally fall through a portal leading to the new world. In order to prevent the giant monsters from discovering the portal leading to Earth, The Hunter shows Artemis the way of monster slaying, equipped with his over-sized great sword and all.
There’s already plenty of hesitation from the core Monster Hunter fan base, as it’s incredibly difficult to portray what the game series is actually all about. Tenacity, honed skills and a healthy dose of patience fires at the core of the gameplay throughout the Monster Hunter series. The film certainly looks like an opportunity for Hollywood to jump on board the impressive sales figures from last year’s Monster Hunter: World release.
However, considering much of the same team that brought us the surprisingly successful Resident Evil series (with a total of six films), maybe they’re keen on delivering a thrilling experience that somehow manages to capture the essence of the series. Maybe. But we can at least rest assured that the film will be an interesting take on the franchise, good or not.
There also a flurry of other known stars making an appearance in the upcoming film. The likes of Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Afro Samurai), rapper T.I. and Josh Helman (X-Men:Apocalypse, Mad Max: Fury Road) have all joined the cast of the upcoming Monster Hunter film.
Monster Hunter has been officially listed for a September 4, 2020 release date in the US.