Capcom today announced that a Hollywood feature film based on the company’s Monster Hunter IP is slated for production. The Monster Hunter movie is being produced by Constantin Film and has Paul W. S. Anderson, known for the series of Resident Evil films based on Capcom’s games, attached as both writer and director.
The Monster Hunter movie will depict two protagonists who come from different worlds and must cooperate in fighting monsters in order to survive. The cast includes Milla Jovovich, Ron Perlman, T.I. Harris, Tonya Jaa, and Diego Boneta.
The Monster Hunter series consists of hunting action games that pit players against giant monsters in a beautiful natural environment. Since the first Monster Hunter title made its debut 14 years ago in 2004, the series has attracted a dedicated fan base, and overall grown into a mega-hit, with cumulative sales of the series exceeding 50 million units. Monster Hunter: World, the latest title in the series, enthralled game players the world over and shipped 10 million units, making it the best-selling title in Capcom history.
“After living and breathing in the universe of Monster Hunter for 14 years we are thrilled with enormous anticipation to see our creations adapted for a theatrical release,” said Monster Hunter series producer Ryozo Tsujimoto. “Monster Hunter’s fan base has exploded over the past year with the runaway success of the game Monster Hunter: World. It is our hope long-time fans and new alike will join us on this exciting exploration of the Monster Hunter universe.
The Monster Hunter movie is produced by Paul W.S. Anderson and Jeremy Bolt from Impact Pictures, and by Robert Kulzer and Martin Moszkowicz from Constantin Film. Dennis Berardi, head of VFX for the film, also acts as producer.
Principal photography will start in October, in South Africa and Namibia. Constantin Film will release the movie in German speaking territories, Tencent Pictures in China, and Toho Film in Japan. Sony’s Screen Gems will release the film in the US, with the studio’s Sony Pictures Releasing International handling distribution in the rest of the world.
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First day of filming on #monsterhuntermovie based on the epic game #monsterhunterworld! As you can see, my character is glamorous as usual!? Here’s the make up progression by the awesome @kerry_skelton_ from beginning of dirt/wounds, to the finished product. I’ve been training for this day since February, so definitely excited to start production! #rangersleadtheway #strongwomen #capetowndiary