Capcom's Monster Hunter video game is getting a live-action movie adaptation courtesy of Paul W.S. Anderson, Deadlinereports. The writer-director will be teaming up with his producer partner Jeremy Bolt for the movie. Anderson's previous movies based on video games include the Resident Evil series and the Mortal Kombat movie.
Monster Hunter is an action RPG about, well, monster hunting. Anderson describes the film as focusing on a regular guy who discovers he's descended from an ancient hero. He goes to a mystical world to train to defeat monsters. The monsters from that same world threaten to destroy his world and he must now defend it.
According to Anderson, Monster Hunter is "on the level of like a Star Wars movie, in terms of world creation. There are no real central characters so it's a bit like when we first approached Resident Evil and imposed our own characters and story on that world. I think this is a perfect IP for us to do exactly that same thing again."
He goes on to describe the central characters of the film, saying, "The central characters are very relatable American characters. You take a person from the ordinary world who thinks they're in a dead end job, they have no future, they feel like their life's a failure, it's going nowhere, like Keanu Reeves in The Matrix. It's about a normal American who gets dragged into this parallel world, this Monster Hunter world. Then eventually the parallel world ends up coming to our world. So you have the creatures from the Monster Hunter world invading our world."
Anderson certainly has a successful track record in video game movies, considering the Resident Evil franchise spanned six movies. If Monster Hunter reaches similar success, we can expect a similarly lengthy series. We'll just have to see what happens.
What do you think? Do you like Anderson's work? Are you excited for a Monster Hunter movie?