Director Paul W.S. Anderson has already shown his prowess for turning beloved Japanese video games into movies with his series of Resident Evil films. Now, the director/scribe is turning to another Capcom staple — Monster Hunter, which Sony plans to release on Dec. 30.
According to Deadline, Anderson appeared virtually at the New York Comic-Con this weekend and provided a lot of great intel about the upcoming film.
“This really is a long-term passion project of mine,” Anderson said, explaining that he discovered the game about a decade ago and knew it was ripe to be turned into a film. “I’m approaching it not just as a filmmaker, but also as a long-term player and a fan of it. So, I could feel the pressure to do the world justice in terms of filmmaking. The thing I fell in love with is I fell in love with the creatures and also this amazing world that Capcom had created.”
The movie stars Anderson’s real-life wife, Resident Evil star Milla Jovovich, and follows the story of Lt. Artemis, who, along with her loyal soldiers, are transported to a new world and must battle for survival against enormous enemies with incredible powers.
“She’s never played a character like this before,” Anderson said during the discussion. “When you play the video game, you play an unnamed Hunter and I wanted to recapture the feeling of when I first played the video game. I came to the game, not knowing anything about it and, as a stranger, I was immersed in this world containing these amazing landscapes and these amazing creatures that would kick my ass. And I thought that should be the film going experience as well.”
So, Jovovich’s character in Monster Hunter is basically the avatar for those watching on the big screen.
The director also explained how Capcom took a more active role for Monster Hunter than his previous films, offering insight into the costumes and script, allowing the game’s animators to explain their process for creature movements to Anderson to create a better finished product.
Although the film was scheduled to be released earlier this year, it’s now scheduled for Dec. 30.
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