Hollywood has been churning out video game movies left and right in recent years, and another major franchise is getting closer to its shot on the big screen. It’s been two years since we first reported that Resident Evil film director Paul W. S. Anderson is making a Monster Hunter movie. A script synopsis was released at that time, but since then Anderson and his team have done some major retooling of the plot.
The story as originally presented would star a “normal American” in a “dead-end job” who is transported to a parallel dimension full of monsters, followed by the monsters eventually making their way to our world. This plan was eventually scrapped, and Anderson announced in May that Milla Jovovich will be the main character, much as she was in Anderson’s adaptation of Resident Evil. The new plot, as explained to The Hollywood Reporter by Anderson, involves a UN military mission.
The movie’s plot centers on the leader of a UN military team named Artemis, played by Jovovich, who is transported to another realm populated by monsters. There she meets the Hunter (Jaa), with the two teaming up to close a portal to prevent monsters from attacking Earth.
The Hollywood Reporter also revealed that Diego Boneta (Netflix’s Luis Miguel) will star alongside Jovovich as a communications specialist on the Artemis team. Other actors attached to the film include Tony Jaa, Ron Perlman, and T.I. Harris. Monster Hunter will begin filming this month in South Africa with a budget of around $60 million.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter