The Monster Hunter Movie is now among the most anticipated films of 2020 and we've got all the details about it right here!
Any fans of the Monster Hunter video games in the house? Well, I got some good news for you. A Monster Hunter film is currently being produced. It has reportedly been in and out of production since 2012 so with all that time to play with we can only hope that it's the most epic fantasy action film ever. Here are all the details about the upcoming film here.
The film follows a United Nations military team who unknowingly stumbles into a portal to an alternate world during their patrol. This new world is filled with monsters and hunters trained to kill them. The United Nations military team must then protect the portal to keep monsters from entering and invading Earth.
The Monster Hunter Movie is scheduled to be released on September 4, 2020. However, we can expect some delay as the current COVID-19 pandemic has slowed progress but filming has reportedly already wrapped. Principal photography on the film began on October 5, 2018, in Cape Town, South Africa, and ended on December 19, 2018. Milla Jovovich announced the end of filming in a long thank you post:
At the moment, the film is still expected to premiere in theaters. But now, with the success of many films going straight online, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Monster Hunter film follow the same path.
The film has a very interesting and diverse casting. On the top of the cast sheet is the Resident Evil star Milla Jovovich as Captain Natalie Artemis. She is joined by Tony Jaa who plays The Hunter, Clifford "T.I." Harris, Jr. as Link, Ron Perlman as Admiral, Diego Boneta, Meagan Good, Josh Helman, and Jin Au-Yeung.
Milla Jovovich's husband, Paul W. S. Anderson sits in the director's chair. He is known for his directorial roles in Mortal Kombat (1995) and the Resident Evil film series. Anderson spoke to /Film in 2018 about the movie, revealing that he was a fan of the game first.
I became aware of the game 10 years ago. I’ve been a long term fan of Monster Hunter before most people in the west even knew what it was. Partly because I spend a lot of time in Japan and I fell in love with the imagery of the game and started talking to Capcom about it nine years ago. It’s definitely a passion project of mine, nine years in the making.
He also said that the movie is going to be different from the video game.
No, the movie has a lot of characters from the video game in it. There’s The Handler and Admiral, Aiden, Aiden’s Handler. We wanted Palico. It’s very much a movie of the video game, but in Monster Hunter you get to create your own character when you go in there. You don’t get to play Lara Craft or Jill Valentine. You get to play your own creation, and there is definitely an element of that in there. Some of the leading characters will be fresh characters but that’s a reflection of what the video game is. It’s definitely a movie that is firmly and fully entrenched in the world of the video game, as you would expect with me having worked with Capcom for nine years on adapting it and bringing it to the screen.
A teaser trailer of the film was shown at the Shanghai International Film Festival in June 2019. There is supposedly leaked footage from the teaser on YouTube but due to copyright reasons, we will not be sharing it.
You can check out the posters below: