There have been rumors flying around for a while, but we’ve got more concrete details now: Capcom has confirmed that a film adaptation of its popular action-RPG franchise Monster Hunter is in the works. The adaptation will indeed be written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, best known for his work on numerous other video-game adaptations, including 1995’s Mortal Kombat, which he directed, and the Resident Evil series, over the course of which he acted as director, writer, and producer. Fans may also know him as the director of sci-fi horror films Event Horizon and Alien vs. Predator.
Ryozo Tsujimoto, Producer of the Monster Hunter Series, says, “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.”
Although the exact details of the movie’s plot haven’t been revealed, the press release states that “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.”
The movie is still early in production, with Principal Photography beginning this month in South Africa and Namibia.
As we’ve previously noted, online games have become big business in the TV and movie industry in recent years, even for MMOs; readers will recall the Warcraft movie, of course, as well as the fact that Funcom is reportedly still working on a Secret World TV series with Johnny Depp’s production outfit onboard.