While it's not quite as colossal on these shores, Monster Hunter is a huge deal in Japan; since its inception in 2004, the action RPG series has spawned no fewer than five spin-offs across a range of platforms, and numerous spin-offs, which range from quick-fix smartphone games to the MMORPG, Monster Hunter Frontier Online. He must travel to a mystical world to train to become a Monster Hunter, before the mythical creatures from that world destroy ours. It's logical fodder, then, for an energetic special effects movie - something Anderson's traded in for several years now.
Variety reports that the production company will be rejoined by many who have worked on the Resident Evil series.
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"What I love about Monster Hunter is the incredibly handsome, immersive world they've created".
The film is budgeted at around US$60 million, and will shoot in and around Cape Town in South Africa. X CEO Dennis Berardi is also credited as a producer for the film. It's one of his big strong points. "It's on the level of like a Star Wars movie, in terms of world creation", he said.
The success of Monster Hunter: World seems to have reinvigorated Capcom in more ways than one, and the company is now talking about competing directly with the big Western companies.
Not much is known about the film right now, although presumably it will involve a bunch of people hunting monsters.