Capcom Reveals More Story Details About Hollywood Live-Action Monster Hunter Film

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Mexican actor Diego Boneta joins cast

CAPCOM revealed a brief story synopsis via a press release on Thursday for Constantin Film's Hollywood live-action film adaptation of CAPCOM's Monster Hunter action game franchise. The story synopsis reads:

The film will depict two protagonists who come from different worlds and must cooperate in fighting monsters in order to survive.

CAPCOM also told entertainment news website Variety regarding the plot, "Along the way, viewers will make new discoveries and encounter familiar faces and beloved characters from the games like the Admiral."

CAPCOM also revealed that TOHO will distribute the film in Japan. Additionally, Variety reported on Thursday that Constantin Film will release the film in German-speaking territories, Tencent Pictures will release the film in China, and Sony's Screen Gems will release the film in the United States. Sony Pictures Releasing International will release the film in the rest of the world.

Variety also reported on Tuesday that Mexican actor Diego Boneta (Luis Miguel: La Serie, Pretty Little Liars) is joining the film's cast.

The film will star Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil movie franchise) as Artemis and martial arts actor Tony Jaa (Ong-Bak film series) as "The Hunter." Additionally, Ron Perlman (Hellboy film series, Pacific Rim, Sons of Anarchy) plays the Admiral, who is the leader of The Hunter's crew. T.I. Harris (Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp) plays a sniper named Link.

The film is budgeted at around US$60 million, and will shoot in and around Cape Town in South Africa. The film is starting production in October.

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 right) in November 2016, showing a dragon at Los Angeles International Airport.

Anderson also wrote the film's screenplay. Mr. X is producing the special effects, and the company's president Dennis Berardi is credited as producer. Anderson stated that he sees the film and the game's world as an "opportunity to have a cinematic universe."

Sources: Capcom, Variety (Brian Crecente), link 2 (Stefanie Fogel)

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