The movie adaptation of Capcom video game Monster Hunter has found a leading actress in the form of the queen of video game adaptation, Resident Evil’s Milla Jovovich.
Monster Hunter achieved worldwide success since its PlayStation 2 debut in 2004, and since then, there have been five instalments in the main series (the most recent being Monster Hunter World) as well as a number of spinoffs for online, mobile and handheld gaming.
Due to the series’ success, particularly in Japan, the franchise has begun to branch into other forms, such as a manga, an anime series, trading card games, and the property is set for the full Hollywood treatment. Talk of the project began in 2012, with Resident Evil director Paul W.S. Anderson attached to direct – though news of the film went quiet, Capcom announced in 2016 that development has begun, with Anderson and producer Jeremy Bolt holding the rights.
So, it’s really no surprised that with Anderson at the helm, Variety is reporting that Monster Hunter has cast Resident Evil star Milla Jovovich in a leading role. Beginning production in September, with a $60 million budget, Monster Hunter is set to film in Cape Town, South Africa – the very same location used for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.
Previous reports have suggested that the plot will involve the Monster Hunter world bleeding into the real world.
While it isn’t exactly unusual for actors to work with directors multiple times, it does feel that producers Constantin Films are working on the philosophy of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” by adapting another Capcom video game, with Anderson as director, produced by Jeremy Bolt, and starring Milla Jovovich.
Monster Hunter is currently without a release date.