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Hollywood Live-Action Monster Hunter Film Features Milla Jovovich, Starts Production in September

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Film is budgeted at US$60 million

Entertainment news website Variety reported on Friday that Constantin Film's Hollywood live-action film adaptation of CAPCOM's Monster Hunter action game franchise will feature Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil movie franchise). The film is budgeted at around US$60 million, and will shoot in and around Cape Town in South Africa. The film will start production in September.

Constantin Film said that it is in "the final stages of negotiation" to partner with “a big company” in Japan, and another in China. The Japanese and Chinese companies each will take equity in the project. Constantin Film is otherwise funding the film itself.

Martin Moszkowicz, Chairman of the Executive Board of Constantin Film, said at Cannes that Constantin Film is planning the project as a film series, adding, "we are in the business of brand creation."

Constantin Film produced all six films in the Paul W.S. Anderson-directed Resident Evil franchise. Anderson is also directing the Monster Hunter film, and his Impact Pictures producing partner Jeremy Bolt is producing. Impact Pictures released a concept picture for the film (seen left) in November 2016, showing a dragon at Los Angeles International Airport.

Impact Pictures describes the film:

For every Monster, there is a Hero. An ordinary man in a dead end job discovers that he is actually the descendant of an ancient hero. He must travel to a mystical world to train to become a Monster Hunter, before the mythical creatures from that world destroy ours.

Anderson has written a draft for the film's script. Mr. X will produce the special effects, and the company's president Dennis Berardi is credited as producer. The story will have an ordinary person traveling to the Monster Hunter world before coming back to the real world to fight an "epic battle in and around LAX."

Anderson stated that he sees the film and the game's world as an "opportunity to have a cinematic universe."

Milla Jovovich image via her Facebook page

Source: Variety (John Hopewell)

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