In one last gasp of theatrical release musical chairs for the year, Monster Hunter will prowl U.S. cinemas a bit earlier than expected.
The film–written, directed and produced by Paul W.S. Anderson–will hit American theaters Dec. 18 instead of the previously announced Christmas Day debut, according to comicbook.com. This announcement comes fast on the backlash the movie experienced in China–over a perceived racist joke scene–but there seems to be no obvious connection between the two events.
Monster Hunter from Sony Pictures–which stars Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa, Ron Perlman, Tip Harris, Meagan Good and Diego Boneta–is based on the popular Capcom video game franchise of the same name.
The storyline follows an elite military force–led by Capt. Natalie Artemis (Jovovich)–as it falls through a portal into a world populated by huge monsters. In this dangerous world, they meet up with The Hunter (Jaa)–one of many skilled warriors who fight the monsters–who helps them survive as they try to return home.
Anderson made his name in the horror genre with such video game-to-movie hits as Mortal Kombat (1995) and the Resident Evil series (2002-2016).
Keep reading Horror News Network for any other unexpected updates in the continuing saga of Monster Hunter.