‘Resident Evil’ Director Wants to Adapt ‘Monster Hunter’ Games for the Big Screen

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Monster Hunter Movie Resident Evil Director Wants to Adapt Monster Hunter Games for the Big Screen

A full decade after Resident Evil opened to an eventual $102 million worldwide gross, the fifth entry, Resident Evil: Retribution, is set for release this weekend.

The series’ box office success (and critical drubbing) has remained consistent throughout, but with the franchise seemingly winding down, director Paul W.S. Anderson (who has helmed three of the Resident Evil films and remained involved in the series throughout) may be moving from one Capcom video game series to another.

According to Punch Drunk Critics (as translated from Japanese site Cinema Today), Anderson is hoping to adapt Capcom’s Monster Hunter series for the big screen. Introduced on the PlayStation 2 back in 2004, the series (as its name implies) centers on a hunter who tracks and destroys various supernatural creatures – as assigned by a village elder. The original Monster Hunter has spawned numerous sequels, spinoffs and anime films, meaning that – like Resident Evil – there’s a wealth of material for Anderson to draw from for potential film adaptations.

There’s no indication thus far whether or not Resident Evil star – and Anderson’s wife – Milla Jovovich would appear in the proposed film, but given that Anderson has successfully brought the Resident Evil and Mortal Kombat series to theaters, he’s certainly a viable choice for turning Monster Hunter into a multi-film franchise. The premise also sounds promising for big screen adaptation, though the monster-hunting protagonist concept does bear some similarity to Stephen Sommer’s 2004 misfire Van Helsing.

resident evil Resident Evil Director Wants to Adapt Monster Hunter Games for the Big Screen

It’s also unclear what Anderson’s involvement in Monster Hunter means for his long-time attachment to a big-screen version of classic video game Castlevania. In either case, Anderson fans hungry for another action-packed video game adaptation should be pleased – and regardless of what detractors may think of his ability as a filmmaker, Anderson and Monster Hunter is definitely a decent marriage, at least from a business standpoint.

Does Monster Hunter sound like a good fit for Anderson, Screen Rant readers? Moreover, is it a film you’d be interesting in seeing?

Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on Monster Hunter and the future of the Resident Evil series.

Source: Cinema Today [via Punch Drunk Critics]

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  1. so it wasn’t enough that he b*** f***ed a decent zombie/horror franchise, he know has to spread his uselessness into other popular games… the only reason this joke keeps making those horrible resident evil movies is b/c of the profit turn over made by freaks that know nothing about good action movies or cinema in general. they lack in narrative, character dev and the action is mediocre at best, yet he will keep making sequel after sequel b/c kids think those movies are ‘good and fun’.

    if hollywood is so desperate to ruin game adaptations, they should at least get someone like snyder to direct b/c at least then we will get decent visuals and action 😛

    • Agree. Paul W.S. Anderson is one of the worst hacks for hire I’ve ever known.

    • Mhmm… everyone is entitled to their own opinions. I have no interest in the Resident Evil games but the movies are entertaining for what they are. It’s how the world works anyways; if it makes money, there WILL be more.

      • I agree, the RE movies are just mindless zombie fun and I enjoy em. Nothing’s wrong with that.

        • i like the resident evil movies although the series went down for me when they introduced super powered Alice. anyway it seems the RE movie haters will get their wish soon. Milla said in an interview that she has one more movie then the movies will be over for her character.

          • She lost her powers in Afterlife though :)

            • lol that sounds familiar but i don’t remember it’s been so long that’s why I’m catching up through Netflix before i see the new one xD

              • I watched them all recently too and enjoyed em even more than before :)

                • sweetness 😀

        • that’s the thing, from 2 onwards you barely see the zombies do anything besides crowd areas and got shot, movies like the 28 duo far surpass this load of garbage series in terms of zombie action, horror and blood/gore and that’s just one example of many other – better zombie movie franchises out there.

          • The Resident Evil franchise has never been just about straight-up zombies in either the games or the movies. Over-the-top monsters and mutations have always been a strong focus. It is based on a video game after all. It shouldn’t be taken seriously so it’s pretty unfair to compare it to 28 Days Later or Night of the Living Dead or what not. It sets itself apart pretty clearly if you ask me. It’s not trying to be something it’s not.

      • he’s the reason we have The Walking Dead today,he got the Zombies back on Hollywood’s radar.

        • no it isn’t, the zombie genre has been swarming all sorts of media from comics to games and movies the past 2-3 years, if anything they should take a break from the genre until they can come up with a decent zombie movie that hits all the right notes (mainly by not playing on clichés and trying to be different).

  2. Am I the only one who is sick of Mila Jovovowhatevervich? She is the sole reason I don´t watch RE movies.

    • you and me both, her acting is downright terrible, same as her character and the characters story in these boring, disgusting and cliché movies.

      • Not to mention taking the spotlight away from Chris, Jill… you know, the REAL characters.

  3. Lets just say the movies have gotten worse and whats worse so has the game go back to the old style RE game

  4. The game is pretty good and I’m always ready for a good Sci/Fi-fantasy movie! I’m in!

  5. I think hes gonna get the monsters right, that probably the best thing about him. He doesnt seem scared to do that stuff that that with cgi which some directors in hollywood are.
    I do wish they could get a Japanese director, they need some of that Japanese influence because Japan movies like this are really awesome, they just seem to do everything that i love.

    • yeah but most of their live action stuff looks like trash (both visuals and practical effects wise). like i said zac synder would be a nice director for this kind of movie b/c he loves to play with visuals in his stuff (and he does so greatly imo).

  6. I was hoping for a movie(s) based on the Monster Hunter International series by Larry Correia. Great reads on classic monsters from the golden age, pre-Twilight sparkling vampires.

  7. I don’t understand how you can make a game that centers on killing monsters to craft better gear so you can kill more monster. I bet he casts Milla Jovovich, and I bet it’s nothing like that games at all. Man I wish this was April 1st. This hack has in hands in Castlevania movie adaption, I bet Milla is in that too.

  8. What’s the source of the monsters in the games? Does a person create them or summon them? Maybe he’d set it up so that the protagonists take out a few monsters, are recognized by government types, then hired and given a budget to take out more monsters. Man this sounds vaguely like Pokeman…