Milla Jovovich is starring in the sci-fi action thriller Hummingbird, with her husband Paul W.S. Anderson now revising the original script draft written by John McClain. The project marks the first creative collaboration for Jovivich and Anderson since they completed their run on the Resident Evil movie franchise with last year’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Anderson is currently developing another video game adaptation in the form of Monster Hunter, which is also positioned to serve as his first post-Resident Evil directorial effort.
Hummingbird is being helmed by directing duo Fredrik Akerström and Marcus Kryler, who are no strangers to video game fare themselves – having previously worked on the cinematic elements of Battlefield 1. The Swedish filmmaking pair also directed the 2013 short sci-fi/horror film Reset, and became attached to helm a feature-length version of their short for Paramount back in January. It appears that Hummingbird is next for Akerström and Kryler on their to-do list though, seeing as the project has already entered the casting stage of development.
Deadline is reporting that Jovovich is now set to star in Hummingbird, with filming on the project scheduled to get underway this summer. She replaces Olivia Munn as the movie’s headliner, after Munn previously took the spot vacated by Zoe Saldana (who had to pass on the project due to a scheduling conflict with the now in production Avatar sequels). However, Jovovich’s casting is expected to stick, as further evidenced by Anderson’s involvement as screenwriter.
Hummingbird revolves around a female black ops assassin who sets out on a journey of self discovery, upon learning the truth about what she is and where she comes from. The film’s producers have already compared the project to Luc Besson’s sci-fi thriller Lucy and the Matt Damon-led Jason Bourne movies, with respect to both the tone and content. Hummingbird will also serve as Jovovich’s return to playing action heroes, following her more dramatic performance in Rob Reiner’s Iraq Invasion drama Shock and Awe, and her villainous turn as the Blood Queen in Neil Marshall’s upcoming Hellboy movie reboot.
Jovovich herself is a modern action movie icon thanks to her roles as Alice in the Resident Evil movies and Leeloo in Besson’s sci-fi film The Fifth Element, both of which are super-powered warriors in the same vein as her Hummingbird character. Based on Jovovich and Anderson’s involvement alone, it seems safe to assume that Hummingbird will be in the vein of their previous collaborations in other respects (big on kinetic action, thin on plot and thematic substance) – something that also ought to come as welcome news to their fans.
Hummingbird does not have an official release date yet. More as the story develops.
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