Variety has "re-announced" that a Monster Hunter movie based on Capcom's series is now in the works with Paul W.S. Anderson in the director's chair and Milla Jovovich set to star. Anderson was behind the majority of the fifty entries in the Resident Evil cinematic adaptations with Milla Jovovich playing Alice, the superpowered-but-sometimes-not protagonist.
Variety spoke with Constantin Film chairman Martin Moszkowicz at Cannes, who told the outlet the company thinks of Monster Hunter as a series.
Jovovich's casting in Monster Hunter should not come as any surprise mainly because her husband Paul WS Anderson is directing the film.
Oh, and speaking of Mortal Kombat movies.
Like "Resident Evil: the Final Chapter", which grossed $312 million worldwide, "Monster Hunter" will shoot in South Africa, in and around Cape Town.
The success of Monster Hunter: World seems to have reinvigorated Capcom in more ways than one, and the company is now talking about competing directly with the big Western companies. "He can make a movie look good, is very much into visuals".
Beyond that, Constantin will finance "Monster Hunter" itself. By Capcom's latest count, it's shipped nearly 8 million copies. Variety added that Moskowicz said that could mean it will take the form of a TV series rather than a feature film. Anderson is not coming back for this project (he did six movies already, after all), but that's all we know so far.
"What I love about Monster Hunter is the incredibly lovely, immersive world they've created". "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".
Not much is known about the film right now, although presumably it will involve a bunch of people hunting monsters.
There is no word yet on who else may star in the Monster Hunter movie or when it'll be released.