Monster Hunter (film)

Monster Hunter is an upcoming fantasy action thriller film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. It is loosely based on the video game series of the same name by Capcom. The film stars Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa, T.I., Ron Perlman, Meagan Good, and Diego Boneta.

Monster Hunter
Monster Hunter Film Teaser Poster.jpg
Teaser poster with original release date
Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson
Produced by
  • Jeremy Bolt
  • Paul W. S. Anderson
  • Dennis Berardi
  • Robert Kulzer
  • Martin Moszkowicz
Written byPaul W. S. Anderson
Based onMonster Hunter
by Capcom
Starring
Music byPaul Haslinger
CinematographyGlen MacPherson
Production
company
Distributed by
Release date
  • April 23, 2021 (2021-04-23) (United States)
Country
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • China
  • Japan
LanguageEnglish
Budget$60 million[1]

A film adaptation based on the series has been in conception since 2012 by director Paul W. S. Anderson. The film was formally announced by Capcom in October 2018, with production starting that month with Impact Pictures and Constantin Film. Principal photography on the film began on October 5, 2018 and was completed on December 19, 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Monster Hunter is scheduled to be released in the United States on April 23, 2021, by Sony Pictures Releasing.

PremiseEdit

An elite military force, led by Lt. Artemis (Jovovich), fall through a portal into a world populated by giant monsters. They meet a hunter (Jaa) who helps them to survive in the world and fight against the monsters as they seek a way home.[2]

CastEdit

Additionally, Josh Helman and Jin Au-Yeung have been cast in undisclosed roles.

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

In 2012, Resident Evil director Paul W. S. Anderson was then-rumored to direct a film adaptation of Monster Hunter franchise.[5] Anderson stated in a 2018 interview with /Film that he had been a fan of the series for over nine years, having gotten to play it on his frequent travels to Japan, and considered a film adaptation as a "passion project".[6]

During the September 2016 Tokyo Game Show Capcom producer Ryozo Tsujimoto stated that a live-action Monster Hunter film was in development within Hollywood.[7] Few months later, Anderson and producer Jeremy Bolt, both who helped to bring Capcom's Resident Evil game to a series of films, had obtained the rights from Capcom for the Monster Hunter adaption after about five years of discussion. The two anticipate a series of Monster Hunter films. Anderson said he was drawn to the Monster Hunter property, not only because of the series' popularity, but also for the "incredibly beautiful, immersive world they've created". Anderson had already penned out a script, which would involve an American being dragged into the parallel universe that the Monster Hunter series was set in, learning how to fight monsters, and then had to deal with the situation when monsters cross back into the real world and start attacking, such as a final climatic battle at Los Angeles International Airport.[8]

Constantin Film has confirmed they will be producing the film, with the aim of going into production in late 2017 or early 2018.[9]

Pre-productionEdit

During the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Constantin affirmed that the film is set to start production in September 2018 in and around Cape Town and South Africa, with an estimated US$60 million budget. Milla Jovovich has been cast for the film. Special effects studio Mr. X VFX, which worked on the Resident Evil films, will also be involved in production. Constantin worked with several international distributors for release rights, while Constantin will finance the film's production.[10] On September 25, 2018, rapper T.I. and Ron Perlman were cast in the film, in which T.I. would play Link, a sniper, while Perlman would play Admiral, the leader of the Hunter's Crew.[1] Tony Jaa was also cast in the film to play the male lead, playing character, The Hunter.[4] In October 2018, Diego Boneta joined the film to play a character as a communications specialist.[11] Anderson stated that while there are some novel characters in the game, reflecting on the series' custom character creator, will include characters essential to the series, including the Handler and the Admiral. He also stated that they will not need to create any new monsters, as the series has enough variety that they will be able to pull from for the film.[6]

Furthering on Anderson's appreciation of the game, he stated that all of the armor and weapons that the Hunters will wear will be based on the equipment from the game series, and will include at least one character that wears a mis-matched set of armor, which reflects on the player's ability within the game to mix and match armor sets for beneficial results. Anderson wanted to use various settings in the film to match the variety in a game, though recognized that one would not see as much variety in the film as one would see in playing a Monster Hunter game for several hours.[12] Jovovich, who stated she was also a fan of the video game series, was able to select what weapons she wanted her character to be shown with, and experimented in-game to narrow her choice to the dual blades, both as effective weapons in game and that "I thought they’d look really beautiful in an action sequence."[13]

FilmingEdit

Principal photography on the film began on October 5, 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. Milla Jovovich announced on Instagram that principal photography was completed on December 19, 2018.[14]

MarketingEdit

A teaser for the film was first shown at the Shanghai International Film Festival in June 2019, along with the announcement that Toho and Tencent will oversee the film's distribution in Asian countries.[15]

ReleaseEdit

The film was originally scheduled to be released on September 4, 2020,[16] but was delayed to April 23, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Kit, Borys (September 25, 2018). "T.I. Harris, Ron Perlman Joining Milla Jovovich in 'Monster Hunter' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Elfring, Mat (September 23, 2020). "Monster Hunter Movie Gets Official Synopsis". GameSpot. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  3. ^ Stevens, Colin (October 26, 2018). "Monster Hunter Movie Photo Shows Off Iconic In-game Item In Response To Fan Backlash". IGN. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Kit, Borys (September 26, 2018). "Tony Jaa Joins Milla Jovovich in 'Monster Hunter'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "Paul W. S. Anderson to direct Capcom's 'Monster Hunter'?". www.punchdrunkcritics.com. Archived from the original on July 1, 2017. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Topei, Fred (November 12, 2018). "'Origin' Director Paul W.S. Anderson on Fixing a Glaring Error in Sci-fi Spaceships and His Upcoming 'Monster Hunter' Movie [Interview]". /Film. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  7. ^ Ashcroft, Brian (September 15, 2016). "Hollywood Is Making A Monster Hunter Movie". Kotaku. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  8. ^ Fleming, Jr., Mike (November 21, 2016). "As 'Resident Evil' Nears $1 Billion, Paul W.S. Anderson & Jeremy Bolt Set 'Monster Hunter': Q&A". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  9. ^ Hopewell, John (May 21, 2017). "Constantin Drives Into Tentpoles With 'Monster Hunter,' 'Resident Evil' Reboot". Variety. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  10. ^ Hopewell, John (May 11, 2018). "Constantin Sets September Shoot for Paul W.S. Anderson's 'Monster Hunter'". Variety. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  11. ^ Kit, Borys (October 1, 2018). "Diego Boneta Joins Milla Jovovich in 'Monster Hunter' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  12. ^ Vejvoda, Jim; Defreitas, Casey (November 20, 2018). "Exclusive First Look Photo From The Video Game Movie Starring Milla Jovovich And Tony Jaa". IGN. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  13. ^ Travis, Ben (July 7, 2020). "Monster Hunter: Milla Jovovich Reveals Why Her Hero Artemis Wields The Dual Blades – Exclusive Image". Empire. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
  14. ^ Dela Paz, Maggie (October 5, 2018). "Production Begins on Monster Hunter Movie - ComingSoon.net". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  15. ^ Wong, Alistair (June 17, 2019). "Monster Hunter Movie Trailer Shows Off First Look At Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa, And Rathalos". Siliconera. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  16. ^ Pederson, Erik (February 6, 2019). "'Monster Hunter': Sony Sets Milla Jovovich Fantasy Actioner From 'Resident Evil' Team For 2020". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  17. ^ McClintock, Pamela (July 10, 2020). "'Monster Hunter' Movie Delays September Release to Spring 2021". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 11, 2020.

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