Milla Jovovich Set To Star in Paul W.S. Anderson's MONSTER HUNTER
Husband and wife team Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich are teaming up again for a new film project called Monster Hunter, which is based on the video game of the same name. Anderson will write and direct the film and Jovovich will obviously star. Now that they are done with the Resident Evil franchise, they've got to find a new film franchise to dive into and it looks like Monster Hunter is it.
Capcom debuted the video game about 14 years ago on PlayStation 2 and has since evolved and has been made available on a variety of platforms. The games are action role-playing games and the players take the role of a Hunter, "slaying or trapping large monsters across various landscapes as part of quests given to them by the locals. As part of its core gameplay loop, players use loot gained from slaying monsters, gathering resources, and quest rewards to craft improved weapons, armor, and other items that allow them to face more powerful monsters."
When Anderson first revealed that he was developing the project years ago, he revealed the following logline for it:
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.
He went on to talk about how there aren't any central characters from the game to develop the story around and along with some of the imagery that he is hoping to bring to life.
"There are no real central characters so it’s a bit like when we first approached Resident Evil and imposed our own characters and story on that world. I think this is a perfect IP for us to do exactly that same thing again. The Monster Hunter world includes these huge deserts that make the Gobi Desert look like a sandbox, and they have ships that sail through the sand. These full-on galleons, but rather than sailing on the ocean waves, they sail through waves of sand…You’re fighting these giant creatures, some as big as a city block. They live underneath the Earth and when they burst out, it’s like the best of Dune. You also have these flying dragons, giant spiders, the most wonderful creatures."
The film is being produced by Constantine Films, and when talking about Anderson developing the film, CEO Martin Moszkowicz said:
"Paul has proven over and over he does stylish movies. It’s one of his big strong points. He can make a movie look good, is very much into visuals."
Yeah, Anderson does have a cool visual style at times, but the stories he developed and his scripts have always been pretty mediocre. Monster Hunter will shoot in South Africa in and around Cape Town.
Are you looking forward to seeing what Anderson ends up doing with Monster Hunter?