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Resident Evil Director Wants To Make a Monster Hunter Flick

Posted by Damien McFerran

Run to the hills

Despite the sheer volume of duds and the critical mauling they invariably receive, Hollywood still seems obsessed with tapping into video game culture and creating movies based on well-known gaming franchises. The failures of Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter, Dead or Alive and Alone in the Dark have done nothing is dampen the enthusiasm of the average film producer.

One person who has actually managed to make some cash out of game-to-movie projects is British director and producer Paul W.S. Anderson. He's the man behind the successful series of Resident Evil movies and was also responsible for the first Mortal Kombat flick. While his work can hardly be described as critically acclaimed (he directed Death Race 2, for crying out loud), he does seem to have a knack for putting bums on seats.

Speaking in an interview with Japan's Cinema Today, Anderson revealed that he has another famous Capcom series in his sights:

Recently, I've been loving Monster Hunter! A film conversion is currently in planning.

Monster Hunter is currently one of the biggest draws in Japan, and has built up a solid fan-base in the west, too. Even so, we can't imagine there will be too many hardcore fans jumping for joy at this news, but who knows? Anderson could be the man to bring this franchise to an entirely new audience.

Will you be first in line if Anderson's Monster Hunter movie becomes a reality? Let us know by posting a comment.


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cammy said:

I've mixed feelings about this. MH is definitely a great world to make a movie in, particularly as writers are not constrained by having to use an existing plot. All they need is some of the monsters, a bit of the world and a neat set of heroes.

... but I've see the Resident Evil movies and despite enjoying them in "this-is-so-bad-it's good", that style of movie will only make a mockery of MH, not do it any justice. It'll be an over-the-top plot about the end of the world... with ridiculous characters... when all you want is to see some monsters being bashed by competent heroes and a bit of a emotional buildup.



FluttershyGuy said:

Being married to Milla Jovovich, I guess the man does have the drive and enthusiasm to bring each and every game franchise to the big screen! I guess I'd feel like doing great things too. Not all of these come to fruition, though. I wanted to see what he could do with Castlevania, but it went into development Hell years ago.



MAB said:

Well seeing how the movie industry has turned sour after the last decade I say 'why not' it might actually help bring more Monster Hunter games to the west if mass popularity is obtained through film and who knows it could turn out to be a box office blockbuster of epic proportions



Araknie said:

I smell Uwe Boll. He's to only one to make movies from games that has not a story, like House of the Dead.



cfgk24 said:

Brilliant! If they make the film - THey'll release all the games in the West! and MH5 will get a bigger budget! Yippee!!!



Chris720 said:

So the movie is going to be based around gathering monster parts, eating burnt meat and making bad big sword jokes... umm... I don't see this working... like, at all.



Zombie_Barioth said:

i think It could do quite well if they followed a classic movie monster type plot. You know something like the original Godzilla (or Gojira if your watching the original Japanese version) where Godzilla started causing trouble in Tokyo and they had to figure out how to kill it.



Banker-Style said:

Who needs a story,when you've got a giant monster attacking the world,with loads of action like this who needs to be dogged down with boring plots.

The Expendables will be like Inception compared to this.



zezhyrule said:

MHT had a story? Oh yeah, those few text boxes I rushed through in offline mode so I could get back to killing things.



bezerker99 said:

Despite the RE films not being exactly accurate to the video games, I really enjoy them! Milla Jovovich is straight up haawtttt!



Undead_terror said:

@Tsuchinoko you're not forced to watch it, some fans might enjoy it.
I never played a game in the series but would'nt mind watching a movie of it if it comes out.



zezhyrule said:

I doubt any fans would enjoy this. If anything, non-MHfans might enjoy it more than the people who actually play the games.

see: your comment



Undead_terror said:

I bet theres fans out there that would like and come on, it would be from a guy who knows what hes doing.



theblackdragon said:

@zezhyrule: well, if non-MHfans enjoy the movie, good for them — it might even get them interested in playing the games. more people playing MH games makes it more likely that other MH games will see release here in the west (though this is Crapcom we're talking about, so what works in theory doesn't always pan out that way i guess... but it's worth a shot D: )



Megumi said:

1. Monster being turned into a movie would be just awesome.
2. We just KNOW this is going to turn into crap.



AntiGuy said:

WOW I just happened to get into Monster Hunter Tri a couple of days ago, and I'm seriously addicted to it! this is great news for me!!!



Sir_Deadly said:

I would be into this, IF Anderson wasn't directing and his wife isnt the main character. Everything he does, he ruins it and sucks!



rjejr said:

I could see them making a Monster Hunter movie but any relationship to any of the games would be purely coincidental. it would probably look like that old PS series of FPS games with the native American dinosaur hunter with cowboys and time travel. Ok maybe that was 3 different games, but you get my meaning. Big guy, big monsters, big weapons, storyline made up as they go along.



Morpheel said:

inb4 Mila becomes a super natural monster hunter who needs to save the world by walking on top the franchise's existing characters.

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