Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival, Milla Jovovich said the upcoming Monster Hunter movie will be ‘incredible’. She then went on to describe the vigorous training and stunt work she had to undertake while shooting. The hard work Jovovich put in clearly paid off, as she also called the film ‘super fun’. You can watch the video interview below, courtesy of Variety.
Based on Capcom’s hugely successful series of video games, Monster Hunter was filmed last year in South Africa, with Jovovich ‘s husband, Paul W. S. Anderson, directing and providing the screenplay. Anderson is clearly no stranger to Capcom adaptations, as he also helmed four of the live action Resident Evil movies. There are currently no images of the creatures from the film, but Anderson has promised some of the most famous monsters from the history of the franchise will be making appearances.
Jovovich will star as a member of a United Nations military team who is somehow transported to an alternate dimension reminiscent of the fantasy world setting of the Monster Hunter games. While adjusting to her new environment, she will be forced to prevent the giant monsters of her strange new world from entering a portal and invading Earth. The film will also star Ron Perlman, Meagan Good, Clifford Harris Jr., Diego Boneta, and Thai martial arts legend Tony Jaa.
Although Jovovich refers to Monster Hunter as “a new video game” in the video, the franchise has actually been going since 2004. Despite having more of a niche audience in the West, the series is gigantic in Japan, where it has generated billions in revenue. To give you an idea of just how popular the games are in Japan, the latest entry, Monster Hunter: World, has currently sold over three million copies in the country alone. With that said, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that Sony were so eager to purchase the film rights. Monster Hunter will be distributed by Screen Gems, their specialist horror label.
Films based on video games usually end up being critical disasters, although Pokémon Detective Pikachu opened to great reviews this year, so the curse finally appears to be broken. Which is why we have such high hopes for Monster Hunter when it opens in wide release on September 4, 2020.