The production of the film based on Monster Hunter has already begun and is now in the process of filming with Paul W.S. Anderson at the controls and the actress Jovovich mile leading the cast, just like in the Resident Evil movies.
The Monster Hunter franchise is very popular right now, and that might have been the push to make the movie and it should be a good sign, but considering the line of movies being made about video games, people aren’t so sure it’s a good idea.
The first glimpses do not convince the fans
The film takes place in the real world and in the fantasy world, and we have already been able to see its first photos thanks to Jovovich, who has shared them on his Instagram account. But she has achieved the opposite effect, and fans are even more concerned about what they have seen.
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The photographs look nothing like the games, and that worries the fans. In them, we can see Jovovich and the rest of the actors dressed in war clothes, in arid terrain and with firearms and SUVs.
The film is about a UN military team that ends up in another dimension invaded by monsters. Jovovich meets a hunter, played by Tony Jaa, and together they have to save the world. That is why modern military weapons appear, although it seems that throughout the movies they will change them for more traditional MH weapons.
However, given the concern of the fans, Paul WS Anderson has spoken in an interview trying to restore hope to fans. Although the interview was about Origin, a YouTube Premium series that Anderson directed the first two episodes of, he also talked about the Monster Hunter movie.
Familiar but also new characters
When asked about his familiarity with the entire game series, Anderson revealed that he has been aware of the series for 10 years, and became a fan before it became known in the West..
Describe the movie as a “passion project”reinforcing that we should have faith in him as responsible.
I found out about the game 10 years ago. I’ve been a fan of Monster Hunter before many people in the west even knew what it was. Particularly because I spent a lot of time in Japan and fell in love with the visuals of the game and started talking to Capcom about it nine years ago. It’s definitely a passion project of mine, in the works for nine years.
When asked if characters from the game would make an appearance in the film, Anderson confirmed that The Handler, The Admiral, Aiden, Aiden’s Handler and the palicos will be presentmainly inspired by Monster Hunter: World.
Having said that, there will also be some original characters though he thinks it’s fine since the Monster Hunter games feature character creation that needs to be the center of attention instead of characters like Jill Valentine or Lara Croft:
No, the movie has a lot of characters from the video games. There’s The Handler and Admiral, Aiden, Aiden’s Handler. We wanted sticks. It’s very much a movie about the video game, but in Monster Hunter you can create your own character when you start. You can’t play as Lara Croft or Jill Valentine. You’re going to be playing your own creation, and that’s definitely an element that’s going to be here.
Some of the main characters will be new characters, but it’s a reflection of what the game is. It’s definitely a movie that’s firmly and completely rooted in the video game world, as you’d expect since I’ve worked with Capcom for nine years to adapt it and bring it to the screen.
All monsters will be removed from the games
About the monsters we will see in the movie, many will be drawn from Monster Hunter: World although some “fabulous monsters” from previous titles will also be included.
Anderson I didn’t want to create any new monster because there is already a lot of great material to be taken from the games and thus encourage people to play all the installments to discover their origin.
Listen, I don’t need to create any new monsters. There is a wide variety of amazing creatures throughout the years. We’re leaning quite a bit on the favorite creatures from Monster Hunter: World, which is the latest game, but we’re also bringing back what I think are some of the awesome monsters from some of the previous games and well, and some of the footage from the previous games.
So I think fans of Monster Hunter: World will recognize a lot of that world and the characters in that world, but it will also be the return of some of the favorite moments and creatures from some of the previous games, which I hope people will be excited to see the previous games as well because there are some images and monsters in these previous games that I think a lot of people who just played Monster Hunter: World are not aware of.
Even though the odds are still stacked against the movie, at least Anderson is striving to give Monster Hunter fans incredible moments with characters and monsters they already know.something that can be a good attraction.
At the moment, the impression of the film is very early and we will have to wait to see a trailer or more image to get an idea of whether we want to go to the cinema to see it or prefer to save ourselves the trouble.
The Monster Hunter movie does not have a release date at the moment.