Fans of Monster Hunter will be excited to learn that Constantin Film, the Resident Evil series’ production company, will begin working on its film adaptation later this year in September.
Variety reports that the production company will be rejoined by many who have worked on the Resident Evil series. Paul W.S. Anderson is slated to direct and has been working on Monster Hunter’s screenplay. Milla Jovovich will be starring, and Jeremy Bolt will be a producer as well. Even the movie’s special effects are set to be done by visual effects studio Mr. X who also worked on the Resident Evil franchise.
The film currently has a budget of $60 million and will be filmed around South Africa near Cape Town according to Variety. Constantin’s CEO, Martin Moszkowicz, stated that the production company is in the last stages of negotiations to partner with two “big” companies in Japan and China. They will both take equity in the project, but beyond that, Constantin Film will finance the project on its own.
Moszkowicz also added that Monster Hunter is envisioned as a film series by saying, “We are in the business of brand creation.”
Japanese publisher Capcon released the first game in the wildly popular Monster Hunter franchise back in 2004. Recently, they announced that as of March 31st, they had shipped 7.9 million units of Monster Hunter World, the latest in the series, making it their best selling game ever.