Deadline has recently posted a Q&A featuring Paul W.S. Anderson and Jeremy Bolt (Impact Pictures) about their work on the Resident Evil films. During the Q&A they revealed that they will be working on a live-action adaptation of the Monster Hunter game series. According to Deadline, Anderson already has a rough draft of the script finished and the team will be partnering up with Dennis Berardi, the co-founder/ president of VFK house, MR. X. Inc. The company previously worked with the team on the visual effects for the Resident Evil films. The Monster Hunter film is said to be around a $50 million budget.
Deadline also provided a short synopsis for the film.
For every Monster, there is a Hero. An ordinary man in a dead end job discovers that he is actually the descendant of an ancient hero. He must travel to a mystical world to train to become a Monster Hunter, before the mythical creatures from that world destroy ours.
The story is quite different than the typical story plot of what is featured the games so it will be interesting in how this film will turn out.
Anderson had this comment about the change in direction for the film adaption.
The central characters are very relatable American characters. You take a person from the ordinary world who thinks they’re in a dead end job, they have no future, they feel like their life’s a failure, it’s going nowhere, like Keanu Reeves in The Matrix. It’s about a normal American who gets dragged into this parallel world, this Monster Hunter world. Then eventually the parallel world ends up coming to our world. So you have the creatures from the Monster Hunter world invading our world.
The film is still early in development so not many concrete details are confirmed at this time so stay tuned for updates. Those who are interested in viewing the full interview can check out the link posted below.