Capcom took a moment during New York Comic-Con to announce that the popular video game series, “Monster Hunter,” is headed to the big screen. The franchise is being adapted for film by Constantin Film with Paul W.S. Anderson directing.
“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
A movie does seem like the next logical step for the franchise, which has seen its fan base explode over the past year with the hit “Monster Hunter: World”. The game also kicked off the “Autumn Festival” event for PC players this week, adding new events, layered armor, and challenges for players.
The film is currently going by the simple title “Monster Hunter” and will tell the story of two heroes who come from different worlds to defeat a shared danger, the powerful, deadly monsters that inhabit the land. The publisher teased the story in the announcement adding, “Along the way viewers will make new discoveries and encounter familiar faces and beloved characters from the games like the Admiral.”
“Monster Hunter” is produced by Paul W.S. Anderson and Jeremy Bolt from Impact Pictures, and by Robert Kulzer and Martin Moszkowicz from Constantin Film.
Dennis Berardi, Head of VFX for the film, also acts as producer. The screenplay was written by Paul W.S. Anderson, who also directs the film. According to the announcement, Principal Photography will start in October, in South Africa and Namibia. Sony’s Screen Gems will release the film in the U.S. with the studio’s Sony Pictures Releasing International handling distribution in the rest of the world.
The Monster Hunter series consists of a wide-array is action RPG games where players and their friends work together to take down larger-than-life beasts in a living, breathing ecosystem.
Since the first Monster Hunter title made its debut 14 years ago in 2004, the series has attracted a dedicated fan base, and grown into a global mega-hit with Monster Hunter: World. The latest title in the series has shipped over 10 million units worldwide, with cumulative sales of the series exceeding 49 million units as of August 20, 2018.