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Big Screen Monster Hunter Movie Officially Begins Production

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It’s been a banner year for Capcom’s previously niche Monster Hunter action-RPG series. Monster Hunter: World became Capcom’s best-selling title in company history, and an animated series was announced last summer, debuting next year on Netflix. This week Capcom has confirmed that Monster Hunter will conquer Hollywood next with a big screen adaptation, confirming Paul W. S. Anderson as director.

“After living and breathing in the universe of Monster Hunter for 14 years we are thrilled with enormous anticipation to see our creations adapted for a theatrical release,” said Monster Hunter Series Producer, Ryozo Tsujimoto “Monster Hunter’s fan base has exploded over the past year with the runaway success of the game Monster Hunter: World. It is our hope long-time fans and new alike will join us on this exciting exploration of the Monster Hunter universe.”

Little is known about the story other than the following snippet:

The film tells the story of two heroes who come from different worlds to defeat a shared danger, the powerful, deadly and magnificent monsters that inhabit the land. Along the way viewers will make new discoveries and encounter familiar faces and beloved characters from the games like the Admiral.

Oddly the cast was not announced but it’s all but been confirmed that Anderson’s frequent star (and wife) Milla Jovovich will star. The pair are most known for making all six Resident Evil movies over the last 15 years. In terms of video game movies, you could do a lot worse than the Resident Evil films, though I confess I haven’t seen them all.

Anderson is also writing the screenplay for Monster Hunter. Principal Photography will begin this month in South Africa and Namibia, and Sony’s Screen Gems will release the film in the US, though a release date has not been announced.

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Monster Hunter Getting 3D Animated Special Next Year

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Capcom has announced a partnership with animation studio Pure Imagination Studios to produce an animated special based on Capcom’s Monster Hunter franchise. It’s called Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild, and is expected to premiere in 2019.

Legends of the Guild tells the story of a young hunter out to prove himself as a monster hunter. He’ll have his chance when he discovers that his village is directly in the path of an Elder Dragon, the strongest monsters in the Monster Hunter world.

“We are thrilled to return fans to the universe of Monster Hunter and expand the series’ rich lore,” said Ryozo Tsujimoto, Monster Hunter producer at Capcom. “We think die-hard fans will appreciate our dedication to the source material while those uninitiated to the series will still be treated to an epic adventure in a wholly unique world.”

The Monster Hunter series has been successful in Japan for years, but nothing has come close to the level of success brought by Monster Hunter: World. Monster Hunter: World released globally in January and has gone on to become Capcom’s fastest-selling game in company history. It’s available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and allows up to four players to join together to hunt monsters online. It’s coming to PC next month.

Pure Imagination Studios has experience turning licenses into animated shows and films, including LEGO and Marvel.

“With Monster Hunter, our talented and diverse group of animators, storytellers and producers, who have created content for LEGO, Marvel and Star Wars, are collaborating with Capcom to create a powerful and engaging story universe to serve its enormous global fanbase,” said John P. Roberts, Chief Content Officer at Pure Imagination Studios.

Look for Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild to premiere in 2019.