Thursday, 26 January 2017

Paul W.S. Anderson set to direct Monster Hunter movie

Having spent years either producing or directing the Resident Evil franchise, you might think Paul W.S. Anderson would be ready to tackle something with fewer characters and a more grounded story. But nope, news arrives via Deadline that he and producing partner Jeremy Bolt (Resident Evil) are tackling another Capcom video game conversion full of combat and creatures with Monster Hunter.

According to the duo, they will be shopping the concept, a first script (written by the director) and some still and visual effects pieces to studios in the hopes of opening up corporate coffers to back this one. Given their commercial success with the Resident Evil movies, we have a feeling they should get the backing, especially as they are promising to stick to a roughly $50 million budget with the help of Toronto based digital effects company Mr. X.

The Monster Hunter concept is a simple one – an ordinary bloke in a boring job discovers he is descended from a line of heroic line of, well, monster hunters... "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 (1999)," says Anderson. "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 mythology is that basically monsters are real and all the monsters and creatures from our mythology, whether dragons or the Minotaur, or Chinese dragons, it's all real. They were real. They really existed in our world. For every monster there was a hero that fought the monster. And then those monsters just disappeared, overnight. They ceased to exist, as did our need for heroes. They became a thing of myth and legend, but eventually the monsters will come back. Unless we have a hero to help fight them, our world with be devastated by these returning creatures, after we've chosen to put our faith in technology rather than heroes. All of our technology won't mean anything once the dragons start raining fire." For more from Anderson and Bolt, head to Deadline.

According to Bolt, they currently have a plan for two films, and if they find success again, you know they are going to be riding this beast for a while. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, meanwhile, arrives in cinemas on 3 February.

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