Paul W.S. Anderson's adaptation of the Capcom series Monster Hunter is now filming and getting attention from fans online. Some negative reception was had, leading his wife and leading lady Milla Jovovich to try and clear the air on Instagram a month ago.
Anderson himself is making the rounds also, talking about the movie to Slash Film as a nine-year "passion project" based on a game he is a fan of, and he seeks to allay any fears that he might change or add things the way he did with Resident Evil.
When asked if he was creating any new characters for the movie, Anderson was adamant. "No, the movie has a lot of characters from the video game in it," he said. "There’s The Handler and Admiral, Aiden, Aiden’s Handler. We wanted Palico."
The director emphasized he has been working with Capcom on the movie and it will capture the essence of the game's world and its elements. As for if there will be any new monsters exclusive to his film, Anderson had this to say:
"Listen, I don’t need to create any new monsters. There’s such a vast array of amazing creatures over the years. We’re leaning quite heavily on the favorite creatures from Monster Hunter World which is the latest game, but we’re also bringing in what I think are some of the fabulous monsters from some of the earlier games and well, and some of the imagery from the earlier games."
Anderson says fans of Monster Hunter World -- released at the beginning of this year -- will recognize the world and characters he is rendering on screen, but he plans a type of greatest hits of monsters and moments from the older games that he hopes will inspire newcomers to seek those out and play.
Directed by Anderson, Monster Hunter stars Milla Jovovich, Ron Perlman, TI, Tony Jaa and Diego Boneta. It is currently in production in South Africa. A release date has not been announced yet.