The folks responsible for the Resident Evil film franchise are bringing a brand new video game to the big screen. According to Deadline, principal photography has begun in both South Africa and Namibia on Monster Hunter, based on the wildly popular Capcom video game of the same name. Sony arm Screen Gems will release the film nationally, with other companies handling the international distribution.
Paul W.S. Anderson, who previously worked on both the Resident Evil and Mortal Kombat film adaptations, will assume the writing and directing duties on Monster Hunter. The star of those Resident Evil movies, Milla Jovovich, has already signed on to team up with Anderson again as the female heroine Artemis. Joining Jovovich will be Hollywood heavyweight Ron Perlman (Hell Boy), rapper Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris, Tony Jaa (Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior) and Meagan Good (Saw V) among others. Completing the Resident Evil circle on this project are producers Robert Kulzer and Jeremy Bolt, with several others also serving in that capacity.
Monster Hunter the game was released in 2004 for the Sony PlayStation 2 console. The series enjoyed almost immediate success particularly in Asia, and became a hit in North America beginning in 2010 with the release of the third title (Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate) for the Nintendo 3DS. In Monster Hunter, players take on the role of a hunter, tracking and killing large monsters across numerous and fantastic landscapes and environments. Treasure and wealth are accumulated with each kill, allowing for upgrades on weaponry and abilities. The game is available in both single and multi-player format. As of early 2018, Capcom had sold more than 45 million copies in the franchise worldwide and are now available across all popular video game consoles.
The film will reportedly focus on the hunter Artemis (Jovovich) and her soldiers as they battle terrifying monsters and unflappable enemies in a race for survival. Along the way they meet a stranger (Perlman) who may be able to aid in their war against the murderous monsters.
Monster Hunter is scheduled to be released domestically in 2019, though no specific date has yet been announced. Keep tuned to HNN for more news on the Monster Hunter movie as it breaks!